Branch Red Army
|Country Soviet Union|
Type Mountain Infantry
Part of 2nd Red Banner Army
The 101st Rifle Division was a unit of the Soviet Red Army initially formed as a mountain rifle division on 28 August 1938 within the 2nd Separate Red Banner Army in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city.
Initially the division included the 138th Rifle Regiment formed in 1938 from the 292nd rifle regiment of the Pacific Ocean Fleet, which had been created in 1937 from the 10th Separate Territorial Rifle Battalion of the 4th Bashkirs|Bashkir regiment. In 1940, the division was removed from the roll of first line formations. In June 1942 the division was reorganized into a field rifle division. In 1943 the HQ of the 101st division included: the 128th Mixed Aviation Division, Petropavlovsk Military Naval Base, border security detachment, the 428th howitzer artillery regiment, the 302nd separate rifle regiment, three separate artillery divisions (battalions), the 5th separate rifle battalion, and a number of storage facilities. From 15 January 1945 the division was included in the composition of the Northern Group of Forces of the Far Eastern Front and subordinated to the Kamchatka Defensive Rayon of the Front (Russian: Камчатский Оборонительный район (КОР) ДВФ).
For model fulfillment of assignments and displaying combat mastery during the taking of the islands Shumshu and Paramushir in the course of the Kuril Landing operation, the Presidium of the Highest Council of the USSR, declared by order of NKO № 0164, the division was awarded the Order of Lenin on 28 September 1945.
The division became part of the 137th Rifle Corps postwar at Paramushir. In 1948 it was converted into the 6th Machine Gun Artillery Division. The division was disbanded in 1953, following the 1952 Severo-Kurilsk tsunami.
August 1945 Order of Battle
In August 1945 the composition of the 101st rifle division was:
The following officers commanded the division.
Order of Lenin – Awarded on 14 September 1945.