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16th Group Army

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Covid-19
Active  1949 - present
Engagements  Korean War
Branch  Army
Current commander  Guan Kai
16th Group Army
Country  People's Republic of China
Allegiance  Communist Party of China

The 16th Group Army is one of the group armies of the People's Liberation Army's Shenyang Military Region. Its predecessor was the 16th Army of the Chinese Communist Forces (CCF).

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Organisation

It was composed of the 69th, 46th, 48th, and 4th Armoured Divisions, the 68th brigade and an artillery brigade.

In 2006 the formation consisted of the:

  • Headquarters, Changchun, Jilin
  • 46th Motorised Infantry Division, Changchun, Jilin
  • 48th Motorised Infantry Brigade, Tonghua, Jilin
  • 4th Armoured Division, Meihekou, Jilin
  • Artillery Brigade, Yanbian, Jilin
  • AA Brigade, Changchun, Jilin
  • (Source Blasko 2006, 76)

    In 2013 the formation consisted of the:

  • Headquarters, Changchun, Jilin
  • 46th Motorized Infantry Division, (Red Army Division) Changchun, Jilin
  • 69th Motorized Infantry Division, Harbin, Heilongjiang
  • 48th Motorized Infantry Brigade, Tonghua, Jilin
  • 68th Motorized Infantry Brigade (People's Republic of China), Qiqihar, Heilongjiang
  • 4th Armoured Division, Meihekou, Jilin
  • Artillery Brigade, Yanbian, Jilin
  • AA Brigade, Changchun, Jilin
  • Note Blasko 2013 lists the 4th Armoured Division as a division, not as a brigade.

    (Source Blasko, Tradition and Transformation of the PLA, 2013, 89)

    History

    The origins of this army go back to Nanchang Uprising. After People's Republic of China was established, it belonged to the 62nd Group Army for a while.

    On February 19, 1949, column 1 of the Shanxi-Hebei-Shandong-Henan Military Region in Henan Shenqiu area became the 16th Army of the People's Liberation Army, was placed under the 5th Corps of the PLA Second Field Army. Yin Xianbing (尹先炳) was appointed army commander.

    Notable people

    People who served in the 16th Group Army include Xu Caihou, a former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission.

    References

    16th Group Army Wikipedia


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