16th Rifle Corps

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16th Rifle Corps
  • 1st formation: November 1922 – August 1941
  • 2nd formation: November 1942 – July 1945
Allegiance Soviet Union
Branch Soviet Red Army
Battle honours Kalisz (2nd formation)

The 16th Rifle Corps was a corps of the Soviet Red Army, formed twice. It was part of the 11th Army on June 22, 1941. It took part in the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939. Its second formation later became part of the 18th Army, 56th Army and 33rd Army.

In 1945 it consisted of the 323rd Rifle Division, 339th Rifle Division, and 383rd Rifle Division as part of the 33rd Army. It was disbanded in July 1945.[1]


First formation[edit]

The corps was formed in November 1922 at Saratov, part of the Volga Military District. It was relocated to Orsha in October 1923 and Bryansk in November, becoming part of the Western Military District. In January 1924, the corps received the honorific "named for the Bryansk Proletariat", but on 19 November was renamed the 16th Belorussian Territorial Rifle Corps and became a territorial unit after relocating to Mogilev in October. In 1929, the corps was converted back into a regular unit. The 16th Corps fought in the Soviet invasion of Poland in September 1939, occupying what became western Belarus. The corps fought against Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, from 22 June 1941, and was disbanded in August.[2]



1941: (11th Army, North-Western Front.[3]




  1. ^ "16th Rifle Corps". www.ww2.dk. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  2. ^ Dvoinykh, Kariaeva, Stegantsev, eds. 1993, p. 32–33.
  3. ^ Niehorster, Dr. Leo. "11th Army, Baltic Special Military District, Red Army, 22.06.41". niehorster.org. Retrieved 2017-06-19.