167th Rifle Division (Soviet Union)

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167th Rifle Division

1941 (1st formation)

1942–1946 (2nd formation)
Country Soviet Union
Branch Red Army
Type Infantry
Engagements World War II
Decorations Order of the Red Banner Order of the Red Banner (2; 2nd formation)
Battle honours

Sumy (2nd formation)

Kiev (2nd formation)

The 167th Rifle Division was an infantry division of the Red Army of the Soviet Union, formed twice.


First Formation[edit]

During the war, the 167th Rifle Division was established at Tula prior to 6.41 and wiped out at Rogachev in August 1941.

Second Formation[edit]

On 16 December 1941, the 438th Rifle Division was formed in the Ural Military District. On 23 January 1942, it became the 167th Rifle Division (Second Formation).[1] The division was recreated at Ssucho Lug in February 1942 and fought near Bryansk and at Kursk. The division fought in the Battle of the Dnieper. Division personnel Major Fyodor Bruy, Junior lieutenant Alexander Bondarev, Sergeant major Arkady Chepelev, Senior sergeant Alexey Gabrusev, Sergeant Andrian Zhuravlev and Private Dmitry Yemelyanov, among others, were awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union for their actions during the battle.[2] The division fought in the Carpathians and in Hungary. The division was with the 1st Guards Army of the 4th Ukrainian Front in May 1945. The division ended the war with the honorifics "Sumy-Kiev Twice Red Banner". Postwar, the division moved to Chortkov with the 107th Rifle Corps, part of the 38th Army in the Carpathian Military District. The division and its corps were disbanded in May 1946.[3]


  1. ^ Goff 1998, p. 197.
  2. ^ warheroes.ru
  3. ^ Feskov et al 2013, p. 474.


  • Feskov, V.I.; Golikov, V.I.; Kalashnikov, K.A.; Slugin, S.A. (2013). Вооруженные силы СССР после Второй Мировой войны: от Красной Армии к Советской [The Armed Forces of the USSR after World War II: From the Red Army to the Soviet: Part 1 Land Forces] (in Russian). Tomsk: Scientific and Technical Literature Publishing. ISBN 9785895035306. 
  • Goff, James F. (December 1998). "The mysterious high-numbered Red Army rifle divisions". Journal of Slavic Military Studies. 11 (4): 195–202.  – via Taylor & Francis (subscription required)

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