4th Rifle Corps

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4th Rifle Corps
ActiveI Formation: 1922–1941 II Formation: 1942–1946
Country Soviet Union
BranchRed Army
EngagementsWorld War II
Battle honoursSvir (2nd formation)
Aleksandr Loktionov
Nikandr Chibisov

The 4th Rifle Corps was a corps of the Red Army, active from the 1920s.

First Formation[edit]

It was formed during the Russian Civil War as part of the Western Front of the Red Army in May and June 1922. The corps headquarters was stationed in Vitebsk from June 1922 to August 1938. In April 1924, the corps became part of the Western Military District, later known as the Belorussian, Belorussian Special, and Western Special Military Districts. In July 1938 the Vitebsk army group was established from the corps. The new corps was instructed to be created by 1 October of the same year. In September 1938 its headquarters was transferred to Polotsk. In September 1939, the Corps troops took part in the Soviet invasion of Poland as part of the 3rd Army, Belorussian Front. After fighting in the Soviet invasion of Poland, corps headquarters was at Berezino. In October 1939 it was moved to Vilnius and then Postavy, where it was until April 1940. In April it moved back to Polotsk and in June 1940 was at Daugavpils. In July it moved to Grodno.

On 22 June 1941, the 27th, 56th, and 85th Rifle Divisions were part of the corps, as part of 3rd Army.[1]

Second Formation[edit]

The second formation of the corps was established on 4 April 1942, and placed under Major General Panteleymon Aleksandrovich Zaytsev (who commanded 4.4.42 – 27.11.43).[2] The 114th Rifle Division was added to the corps in June 1942.[3] It served with the 7th Army from its formation until November 1944, when it was resubordinated to the Belomorsky Military District in the north. On 1 July 1945 the second formation of the corps was part of the Belomorsky Military District, with 25th, 289th, and 341st Rifle Divisions.[4]

The corps was disbanded on 10 July 1946.[2]



  1. ^ 3rd Army, Western Special Military District, Red Army, 22.06.41
  2. ^ a b Holm, Michael. "4th Rifle Corps". www.ww2.dk. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  3. ^ Charles C. Sharp, "Red Legions", Soviet Rifle Divisions Formed Before 1941, Soviet Order of Battle World War II, Vol. VIII, 1995, p 57
  4. ^ V.I. Feskov; Golikov V.I.; K.A. Kalashnikov; S.A. Slugin (2013). The Armed Forces of the USSR after World War II, from the Red Army to the Soviet (Part 1: Land Forces). (Вооруженные силы СССР после Второй Мировой войны: от Красной Армии к Советской (часть 1: Сухопутные войска)). Tomsk: Improved version of 2004 work with many inaccuracies corrected.