30th Army (Soviet Union)
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It was formed on 13 July 1941 based on the 52nd Rifle Corps from the Reserve of the Supreme High Command (Stavka). Initially, the 5th Army consisted of the 119th Rifle Division, 242nd Rifle Division, 243rd Rifle Division, 251st Rifle Division (Soviet Union) (both drawn from NKVD personnel), 51st Tank Division, artillery and other units. The army was built around a solid core of NKVD border guard servicemen. The army's first commander, Major General Vasily Khomenko, was the former commander of the Ukrainian District of NKVD Border Guards.
The army fought in the Battle of Smolensk from the end of July to August 1941 and later formed part of the Western Front from 21 July. During the battle, 30th Army troops attacked Dukhovshchina from the region south-west of Bely. The army's attacks on the flanks of the German Ninth Army stopped and sapped the strength of the German forces. Between September and October the army fought in defensive operations around the region southwest of Bely on the Rzhev axis.
On 18 November army was again included into Western Front. As its army fought in the Klin-Solnecznogorsk Defensive Operation (15 November-5 December) and from 6 December on in the Klin-Solnecznogorsk Offensive Operation (6–25 December). During the operation 30th Army together with 1st Shock Army liberated Klin (15 December)and destroyed large German units. As a part of Kalinin Front (from 17 December 1941) during January–April 1942 army participated in Rzhev-Vyazma Strategic Operation (8 January-20 April) In the end of operation army troops reached nearly to Rzhev and went on to the defence.
On 1 March 1942 the army consisted of the 174th, 178th, 243rd, 348th, 359th, 363rd, 371st, 375th, and 379th Rifle Divisions, and the 75, 76, 139, 145, 146, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, and 222nd Separate Ski Brigades.
Later (from 31 August included into Western Front) until the end of 1942 army defended and strengthened its position going from time to time on the offensive.
On March 1943 troops of the army participated in the Rzhev-Vyazma Operation (2–31 March), subsequently liberating Rzhev and on 1 April reached the line Nefedovschina-Pantiukchy where it stopped to dig into defensive positions.
On 16 April the army was reformed into 10th Guards Army.
The following officers commanded the army.
- Major General Vasily Khomenko (July–November 1941 )
- Major General Dmitry Lelyushenko (November 1941–November 1942)
- Major General (promoted to Lieutenant General February 1943) Vladimir Kolpakchi (November 1942–April 1943)
The following officers were members of the army's military soviet (council).
- Brigade Commissar Nikolai Abramov (June 1941-February 1942)
- Major General Yakov Doronin (February 1942-April 1943)
The following officers were chiefs of staffs of the army.
- Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Baderko (June–August 1941)
- Colonel Anton Vinogradov (August–November 1941)
- Major General Georgy Khetagurov (November 1941-December 1942)
- Colonel (promoted to Major General February 1943) Lev Sosedov (December 1942-April 1943)
- Sbornik Boevych Dokumentov Vielikoj Otczestviennoj Voiny wypisk 37 Prikaz Stawki Wierchnovo Komandowania nr 00305 ot 13 Julia 1941 o Sformirovaniu 30 Armii i jej zadaczach page 26
- Fugate Bryan, Lev Dvoriecki Blitzkrieg nad Dnieprem Bellona 2001 page 143
- Combat composition of the Soviet Army, 1 March 1942
- Vielikaja Otcczestvennaja Diestvuszowaja Armija 1941 -1945 Animi Fortitudi Moscow 2005 Kuchkovo Pole page 96-97