41st Combined Arms Army

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41st Combined Arms Army
Great emblem of the 41st Combined Arms Army.svg
Great emblem of the 41st Combined Arms Army
ActiveMay 16, 1942 – April 9, 1943 / 1998–present
CountrySoviet Union/Russian Federation
BranchSoviet Army/Russian Ground Forces
Sizetwo Motor Rifle divisions and one Motor Rifle brigade
Part ofCentral Military District
Garrison/HQNovosibirsk
EngagementsOperation Mars
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Commanders
Current
commander
Lieutenant General Sergey Ryzhkov
Notable
commanders
G. F. Tarasov
A. M. Managarov
I. I. Popov
Insignia
NATO Map Symbol
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NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Army.svg
ОА
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The 41st Combined Arms Army (Russian: 41-я общевойсковая армия) is a field army of the Russian Ground Forces, currently part of the Central Military District. Originally, it was formed in 1942 as part of the Soviet Red Army, during World War II. It was reformed in 1998, when the Transbaikal Military District and Siberian Military District were amalgamated.

Soviet Union

The 41st army was created in May 1942, on the base of Nikolai Berzarin and German Tarasov's operational groups. Its structure also included the 134th, 135th, 179th and 234th Rifle Divisions, the 17th Guards Rifle Division, the 21st Tank Brigade, two separate Guards mortar battalions, and several other separate elements.[1]

From May to November 1942, the army was focused on defending the South-Western approach to the city of Bely. In late November, the army joined the Rzhev offensive operation (also known as "Operation Mars"). During that time, the army was engaged with the Wehrmacht XLI Panzer Corps. The army's offensive failed, and they were surrounded by the German XXX Army Corps (Germany). By December 8, the surrounded forces were destroyed.

In March 1943, the newly reinforced 41st Army joined the Rzhev-Vyazma operation. The offensive was a success and German forces in the Rzhev-Vyazma area were annihilated.[2] Following the operation, the forces of the army were transferred to the 39th Army and the 43rd Army, while the 41st Army itself was sent to the STAVKA reserves. On April 9, 1943, the army was disbanded and its remaining forces would form the Reserve Front.

Russian Federation

The 41st Army was reformed on 1 December 1998 from the former headquarters of the Siberian Military District at Novosibirsk, part of the Siberian Military District. In 2002, the 122nd Guards Motor Rifle Division was relocated to Aleysk and became part of the army. During the Russian military reform in 2009, the division was converted into the 35th Separate Guards Motor Rifle Brigade.[3][4] On 1 September 2010, the army was transferred to the Central Military District after the Siberian Military District was disbanded.[5]

A dedicated electronic warfare battalion is scheduled to be formed within the 41st Combined Arms Army by the end of 2019.[6][needs update]

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

In the context of the 2021 Russo-Ukrainian crisis, major elements of the 41st Army were reported to have deployed west to reinforce units in the Western and Southern Military Districts confronting Ukraine. These units were said to include elements of the 35th, 55th Mountain and 74th Guards Motorised Rifle Brigades, as well as elements of the 120th Artillery Brigade, and 119th Missile Brigade, and the 6th Tank Regiment of the 90th Tank Division. All told, some 700 MBTs, IFVs, and SPHs, as well as Iskander ballistic missile launchers were reported to have been repositioned to the west.[7]

Starting during the early hours of February 24, 2022, elements of the 41st Army participated in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, entering from the area of tripartite border (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus) and heading towards Kyiv, forming part of the Kyiv offensive (2022). Along the general direction toward Kyiv, it is believed that the 41st Army participated in the operation to attack and occupy the working Chernobyl power station.

Major-General Andrei Sukhovetsky, the deputy chief of the 41st army, was killed during the invasion on February 28.[8][9] Major-General Vitaly Gerasimov, chief of staff and first deputy commander of the 41st army, was also killed on March 7 according to Ukraine's Ministry of Defence.[10] Parts of the 41st Combinded Arms Army were part of the forces fighting in the Battle of Siverskyi Donets.

Structure

June 1, 1942:[11]

September 1, 1942:[12]

December 1, 1942:[13]

March 1, 1943:[14]

2009 composition

2016 composition

Later (at least by 2020) the 24th (Kyzyl) and the 40th Engineer-Sapper Regiments (Ishim, Tyumen Oblast) were subordinated to the army.

Commanders

Soviet formation

Russian formation

References

  1. ^ "41-я армия". samsv.narod.ru.
  2. ^ Ржевско-Вяземская операция 1943 in the Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 1969–1978 (in Russian)
  3. ^ Holm, Michael. "122nd Guards Motorised Rifle Division". www.ww2.dk. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  4. ^ "23 февраля – праздник тех, за чьей спиной радостно детям, спокойно женам, надежно друзьям". aleysk22.su (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-05-26.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "41-я общевойсковая армия" [41st Combined Arms Army]. structure.mil.ru (in Russian). Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  6. ^ Jones, Bruce (January 28, 2019). "New Russian EW battalion to cover Siberian border region". Jane's Information Group. An electronic warfare (EW) battalion will be formed by the end of 2019 in Russia’s Central Military District (CMD) as part of the 41st Combined Arms Army, based in Novosibirsk, local media reports.
  7. ^ "Russia builds up forces on Ukrainian border". Politico. December 2021.
  8. ^ Grozev, Christo [@christogrozev] (3 March 2022). "! Ukrainian armed forces announced that they have killed maj. gen. Andrey Sukhovetskiy, a Spetsnaz commander and deputy chief of the 41 Army in Novosibirsk. This appears confirmed by a spokesperson of the Russian Paratroopers Union. If confirmed, major demotivator for RU" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 6 March 2022. Retrieved 9 March 2022 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "Russian Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky killed by Ukrainians in blow to Putin". Independent.co.uk. 7 March 2022.
  10. ^ "Під Харковом ліквідовано генерал-майора російської армії".
  11. ^ "Боевой состав Советской Армии на 1 июня 1942 г." Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  12. ^ "Боевой состав Советской Армии на 1 сентября 1942 г." Archived from the original on 2007-09-10. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  13. ^ "Боевой состав Советской Армии на 1 декабря 1942 г." Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  14. ^ "Боевой состав Советской Армии на 1 марта 1943 г." Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  15. ^ "55 OMSBr (G)". 23 May 2014.
  16. ^ Ivanov, Ivan (9 February 2016). "Приказ быстро построиться" [Order to quickly build]. Rossiskaya Gazeta (in Russian). Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  17. ^ "В Абакан перебрасывают бригаду ракетных войск России". НИА-Хакасия. 15 May 2020. Archived from the original on 2021-10-10. Retrieved 2021-10-10.