Order of Battle for the 2nd Battle of Kharkov 1942

Orders of Battle for the the 2nd Battle of Kharkov.

Soviet

Soviet Order of Battle

  • Southwestern Front
    • 21st Army
    • 28th Army (Lt-Gen. Dmitri Ivanovich Riabyshev)
      • 1st echelon
        • 13th Guards Rifle Division (Maj-Gen. Aleksandr Ilich Rodimtsev)
          • 34th Guards Rifle Regiment
            • Note: Divisional 2nd echelon
          • 39th Guards Rifle Regiment
          • 42nd Guards Rifle Regiment
          • 7th Guards Artillery Regiment
          • 51st Guards Mortar Regiment
          • 8th Guards Separate Sapper Battalion
        • 169th Rifle Division (Maj-Gen. S. M. Rogachevsky)
        • 175th Rifle Division
        • 244th Rifle Division
        • 57th Tank Brigade *
        • 84th Tank Brigade *
        • 90th Tank Brigade *
        • 9 x RGK artillery regiments
          • 233rd Artillery Regiment (RGK)
        • 6 x engineer pontoon battalions
      • 2nd echelon
        • 38th Rifle Division
        • 162nd Rifle Division
        • 6th Guards Tank Brigade *
          • 43 tanks.9
      • Mobile Group
        • 3rd Guards Cavalry Corps
          • 5th Guards Cavalry Division
          • 6th Guards Cavalry Division
          • 32nd Cavalry Division
          • 34th Motorised Rifle Brigade
    • 38th Army
    • 6th Army
  • Southern Front
    • 57th Army
    • 9th Army
    • 2nd Cavalry Corps
    • 5th Cavalry Corps
    • 6th Cavalry Corps

* The four tank brigades of 28th Army had 181 tanks in total. 138 in the first echelon and 43 in the 2nd. That means 6th Guards Tank Brigade must have had 43 tanks.

28th Army (Lt-Gen. Dmitri Ivanovich Riabyshev)

Activated Nov 1941.

13th Guards Rifle Division (Maj-Gen. Aleksandr Ilich Rodimtsev)

Origin was 5th Airborne Brigade. Survivors reformed as 87th Rifle Division. Designated 13th Guards for fighting during withdrawal of 40th Army. Spearheaded Mar 1942 attack by 38th Army that captured Staryi Saltov bridgehead. Transferred from 38th Army to join 28th Army.

38th Rifle Division (Col. N. P. Dotsenko)

Raised Jan 1942 in Kazakhstan. High proportion of Kazakhs. First combat at Kharkov.

244th Rifle Division

175th Rifle Division

From Stavka reserve

169th Rifle Division (Maj-Gen. S. M. Rogachevsky)

Transferred from 38th Army

162nd Rifle Division

From Stavka reserve.

38th Rifle Division

From Stavka reserve

German

German Order of Battle

  • XXIX Army Corps
  • XVII Army Corps
    • 71 Infantry Division
      • Infantry-Regiment 191
      • Infantry-Regiment 194
      • Infantry-Regiment 211
        • Note: Combat worn and tired
      • Bicycle-Battalion 171
      • Artillery-Regiment 171
        • I. Battalion
        • II. Battalion
        • III. Battalion
        • IV. Battalion
      • Pioneer Battalion 171
      • Anti-tank Battalion 171
      • Signals Group 171
      • Supply Unit 171
    • 294th Infantry Division
      • 429th Infantry Regiment ??
      • Infantry-Regiment 513
      • Infantry-Regiment 514
      • Infantry-Regiment 515
      • Artillery-Regiment 294
        • I. Battalion
        • II. Battalion
        • III. Battalion
        • IV. Battalion
      • Pioneer-Bataillon 294
      • Anti-tank Battalion 294
      • Bicycle-Battalion 294
      • Supply Unit 294
  • LI Army Corps

References

Axis History Factbook: 71 Infantry Division

Axis History Factbook: 294 Infantry Division

Glantz, D. M. (2010). Kharkov 1942: Anatomy of a Military Disaster Through Soviet Eyes. Ian Allan Publishing.

Pipes, J. (n.d.). Glossary of German Military Terms and Abbreviations.

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