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List of divisions of the People's Liberation Army

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The People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China has had many divisions since it was officially established in 1949.

Contents

Infantry divisions

  • 1st Amphibious Mechanized Infantry Division (People's Republic of China) – 1st Group Army, Nanjing Military Region. Listed in Federation of American Scientists (FAS)
  • 2nd Infantry Division – division transferred to the People's Armed Police to become the 8690 Unit (often referred to as the 2nd Armed Police Mobile Division) in the 1990s.
  • The 3rd Division(1st Formation) of the 1st Group Army was inactivated in 1952.
  • The 3rd Division (2nd Formation) was formed in May 1969 and now active as 7th Armed Police Mobile Division.
  • The 3rd Division(3rd Formation) was renamed from the 7th Division in December 1969 and is now active as 3rd Motorized Infantry Brigade.
  • 4th Division – Lanzhou Military Region - 47th GA? JSENT p. 91.
  • The 5th Division(1st Formation) is now the 5th Xinjiang Agriculture Construction Division.
  • The 5th Division(2nd Formation) was reduced to a brigade in 1985.
  • The 6th Division(1st Formation) is now 2nd Xinjiang Agriculture Construction Division.
  • 6th Division(2nd Formation) – Lanzhou Military Region.
  • The 7th Division(1st Formation) is now 3rd Motorized Infantry Brigade.
  • The 7th Division(2nd Formation) is now the 7th Armed Police Mobile Division.
  • The 8th Division(1st Formation) was disbanded in 1952.
  • The 8th Division(2nd Formation) was formed in 1969 from 1st Cavalry Division. It's now 8th Motorized Infantry Division.
  • 9th Division - disbanded in 1952.
  • 10th Division - disbanded in 1952.
  • 11th Motorized Infantry Division - Western Theater Command, formerly Lanzhou MR. Military district.
  • 12th Division
  • 13th Division
  • 14th Division
  • 15th Division
  • 16th Division
  • 17th Division
  • 18th Division
  • 19th Division
  • 20th Division First formation 1949-50, became 7th Artillery Training Base. Reformed.
  • 21st Division
  • 22nd Division
  • 23rd Division
  • 25th Division
  • 26th Division
  • 27th Division
  • 28th Division - 28th Army Division to 1969. Then redesignated 205th Division.
  • 29th Division – with 15th Army served in Korean War. Now as 56th Motorized Infantry Brigade.
  • 30th Division (1st Formation)(People's Republic of China)
  • 30th Infantry Division (2nd Formation)(People's Republic of China)
  • 30th Army Division (3rd Formation)(People's Republic of China)
  • 31st Division – with 11th Army during Sino-Vietnamese War. Chengdu MR JSENT p. 91. First formation became the 36th Motorized Infantry Brigade (People's Republic of China). Second formation remains the 31st Motorized Infantry Division (People's Republic of China).
  • 32nd Division – with 11th Army during Sino-Vietnamese border conflict.
  • 33rd Division – Served in the Korean War as the 33rd Independent Division
  • 34th Division – 12th Army with 31st, 34th, and 35th Divisions entered Korea on March 25, 1951. Routed during the Battle of the Soyang River.
  • 35th Division
  • 36th Division
  • 37th Division – with 13th Army during Sino-Vietnamese border conflict
  • 38th Division – with 13th Army during Sino-Vietnamese border conflict
  • 39th Division – with 13th Army during Sino-Vietnamese border conflict
  • 40th Division – 14th Group Army - Chengdu MR. Served in S-V War with 14th Army (People's Republic of China). JSENT p. 91.
  • 41st Division – served in Sino-Vietnamese War with 14th Army.
  • 42nd Division – served in Sino-Vietnamese War with 14th Army.
  • 43rd Division - formed 1949, disbanded 1950.
  • 43rd Airborne Division – now airborne with 15th Airborne Army
  • 44th Airborne Division – now airborne with 15th Airborne Army. Served in Korea War. Entered Korea with 15th Army in February 1951.
  • 45th Airborne Division – now airborne with 15th Airborne Army. Served in Korea War. Entered Korea with 15th Army in February 1951.
  • 46th Division
  • 58th Division – 20th Group Army, but commanded by the 50th Army during the Sino-Vietnamese War. Converted to a brigade in 1999.
  • 59th Division – Component of 20th Army during Korean War. Disbanded 1985.
  • 60th Division
  • 61st Division – 21st Army served in Korea War. Now 21st Group Army, Shaanxi Prov. JSENT p. 90 Listed FAS, 21st GA
  • 62nd Division – 21st Army served in Korea War.
  • 63rd Division – 21st Army served in Korea War.
  • 67th Motorised Infantry Brigade, 23rd Group Army, 'demobilised' during 2003 reductions cycle (Blasko 2006, 77). With 23rd Army in Korea.
  • 68th Division – subordinate to Shenyang MR. Now 68th Motorized Infantry Brigade, Qiqihar, Heilongjiang (from 23rd Group Army).
  • 69th Division – Shenyang MR. JSENT p. 91 Listed FAS. With 23rd Army in Korea. Now 69th Motorized Infantry Division, Harbin, Heilongjiang (from 23rd Group Army).
  • 70th Division – served with 24th Army in Korea. Disbanded in 2003 reductions cycle while serving with 24th Army in Beijing Military Region.
  • 72nd Division – with 24th Army served in Korea War.
  • 73rd Division – with 23rd Army served in Korea War.
  • 74th Division – with 24th Army served in Korea War.
  • 76th Division – 26th Army served in Korea War
  • 77th Division – 26th Army served in Korea War
  • 78th Division – 26th Army served in Korea War
  • 79th Division – 27th Army
  • 80th Division – 27th Army
  • 81st Division – 27th Army
  • 86th Division – 31st Army
  • 88th Division – 26th Army served in Korea War
  • 89th Division – operating with 20th Army in Korea. Disband in February 1951.
  • 91st Division – 31st Army
  • 94th Division – with 27th Army served in Korea War. Disbanded in February 1951.
  • 106th Division – 36th Army - Airfield construction labor during Korean War
  • 107th Division
  • 108th Division
  • 109th Division – 37th Army - Airfield construction labor during Korean War
  • 110th Division
  • 111th Division
  • 112th Division – 38th Army
  • 113th Division – 38th Group Army
  • 114th Division (People's Republic of China) - 38th Group Army
  • 115th Division – 39th Army
  • 116th Division
  • 117th Division
  • 118th Division - 40th Army. 40th Army entered Korea on October 19, 1950 and the first Chinese unit to make contact with UN forces in Korea.
  • 119th Division
  • 120th Division
  • 121st Division – 41st Army during Sino-Vietnamese War
  • 122nd Division – 41st Army during Sino-Vietnamese War
  • 123rd Division – 41st Army during Sino-Vietnamese War
  • 124th Division – 42nd Army during Korean War and Sino-Vietnamese War
  • 125th Division – 42nd Army during Korean War and Sino-Vietnamese War
  • 126th Division – 42nd Army during Korean War and Sino-Vietnamese War
  • 127th Division – fought in Korean War and with 43rd Army during Sino-Veitnamese border conflict
  • 128th Division – with 43rd Army during Sino-Vietnamese border conflict
  • 129th Division – with 43rd Army during Sino-Vietnamese border conflict
  • 130th Division
  • 131st Division
  • 132nd Division- with 43rd and 44th Corps/Armies in the 1950s. Now on Hainan Island as 132nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade since 2003.
  • 139th Division – 47th Group Army, Lanzhou Military Region
  • 140th Division
  • 141st Division
  • 148th Division – 50th Army Entered Korea on October 26, 1950. Fought with 50th Army during Sino-Vietnamese border conflict.
  • 149th Division – 13th GA - Suchuan Prov JSENT p. 90 Listed FAS, 13th GA. Belonged to 50th Army while it fought in Sino-Vietnamese border conflict
  • 150th Division – 50th Army - Fought with 50th Army during Sino-Vietnamese border conflict.
  • 153rd Division
  • 154th Division
  • 155th Division
  • 156th Division - disbanded June 1949, Korean troops to 7th Division, KPA.
  • 157th Division
  • 158th Division
  • 159th Division
  • 160th Division – 54th Army, Sino-Vietnamese border conflict
  • 161st Division – 54th Army, Sino-Vietnamese border conflict
  • 162nd Division – 54th Group Army, Sino-Vietnamese border conflict - Jinan MR; JSENT p. 90.
  • 163rd Division – with 55th Army during Sino-Vietnamese border conflict
  • 164th Division – 164th Division (1st Formation)(People's Republic of China) became 5th Division, KPA, 1949. Reformed twice. With 55th Army during Sino-Vietnamese War.
  • 165th Division – with 55th Army during Sino-Vietnamese border conflict
  • 167th Division – possibly existed under 56th Army according to US intelligence during the Korean War.
  • 179th Division – 12th Group Army; fought in Korean War under 60th Army
  • 180th Division – fought in Korean War under 60th Army.
  • 181st Division – fought in Korean War under 60th Army
  • 187th Division – 63rd Army during Korean War
  • 188th Division – 63rd Army served in Korea War. Now Beijing MR;
  • 189th Division – 63rd Army served in Korea War. 189th Infantry Division (1985-98), then reduced to 189th Motorized Infantry Brigade (1998-2003). Disbanded 2003.
  • 190th Division – 64th Army served in Korea War. Listed by Blasko as with 39th Army, 2006.
  • 191st Division
  • 192nd Division – listed by Blasko 2006 as the 'Liaoning Army Reserve 192nd Infantry Division, Shenyang,' Shenyang MR
  • 193rd Division – 65th Army during Korean War. Entered Korea on February 23, 1951. Decimated during the Battle of the Imjin River.
  • 194th Division
  • 195th Division
  • 196th Division – 66th Army Entered Korea on October 27, 1950. Served in Korea War
  • 197th Division
  • 198th Division – 66th Army
  • 199th Division – 67th Army served in Korea War. 67th Army left Korea in September 1954.
  • 200th Division – 67th Army served in Korea War
  • 201st Division – 67th Army served in Korea War
  • 202nd Division – 68th Army served in Korea War. 68th Army left Korea in April 1955.
  • 203rd Division – 68th Army served in Korea War
  • 204th Division – 68th Army served in Korea War.
  • 205th Division
  • 205th (II)
  • 206th (I)
  • 206th (II)
  • 207th (I)
  • 207th (II)
  • 207th (III)
  • 207th (IV)
  • 208th
  • 209th (I)
  • 209th (II)
  • 210th (I)
  • 210th (II)
  • 211th Division
  • 212th Division
  • 213th Division
  • 214th
  • 215th
  • 216th
  • 217th Division - 1949-1952; inactivated to provide replacements for the People's Volunteer Army in Korea.
  • 218th Division
  • 219th
  • 220th
  • 250th
  • Armored divisions

  • 1st Armoured DivisionBelong to Beijing MR
  • 2nd Armored Brigade (People's Republic of China) - with 12th Group Army, Nanjing Military Region
  • 3rd Armoured Division - with 39th Group Army,
  • 4th Armoured Division (1998-2011), now 4th Armored Brigade
  • 5th Armored Division (People's Republic of China)
  • 6th Armored Division (People's Republic of China)
  • 8th
  • 10th
  • 11th
  • 12th
  • The IISS Military Balance 2012 listed nine armoured divisions as part of the People's Liberation Army.

    Artillery divisions

  • 1st Artillery Division
  • 2nd Artillery Division
  • 3rd Artillery Division
  • 7th Artillery Division
  • 8th Artillery Division
  • 9th Artillery Division (1st Group Army)
  • 21st Rocket Artillery Division
  • 22nd Rocket Artillery Division
  • 31st Anti-Tank Artillery Division
  • 33rd Anti-Tank Artillery Division
  • 61st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Division
  • 62nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Division
  • 63rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Division
  • 64th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Division
  • 65th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Division
  • 70th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Division
  • 102nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Division
  • Aviation divisions

  • 1st Fighter Division (People's Republic of China) Stationed at Anshan, Liaoning
  • 2nd Fighter Division (People's Republic of China) Stationed at Suixi, Guangdong
  • 3rd Fighter Division (People's Republic of China) Stationed at Wuhu, Anhui
  • 4th Fighter Division (People's Republic of China)
  • 5th Aviation Division
  • 6th Aviation Division (People's Republic of China) Stationed at Yinchuan, Ningxia
  • 7th Fighter Division (People's Republic of China) Stationed at Datong, Shanxi
  • 8th Aviation Division - Scramble.nl, accessed mid 2015, indicates there are at least six regiments of H-6 bombers. All three regiments of the 8th Bomber Division fly the aircraft - the 22nd, 23rd (former 143rd Regt/48th Div), and 24th. On November 11, 1965, Li Xianbin (T:李顯斌, S:李显斌), a PLAAF captain of Ilyushin Il-28 of the 8th Aviation Division flew his bomber numbered 0195 from Jianqiao (T:筧橋, S:笕桥) air base in Hangzhou to Taoyuan County, Taiwan (now Taoyuan City), and this was the first fully operational Il-28 in western hands. The radio operator / tail gunner Lian Baosheng (廉保生) was found dead at the scene and the navigator Li Caiwang (李才旺) was captured alive after a failed suicide attempt. Both survivors were honored and rewarded positions in the Republic of China Air Force.
  • 9th Aviation Division (People's Republic of China) Stationed at Foshan, Guangdong
  • 10th Aviation Division
  • 11th Aviation Division (People's Republic of China) Stationed at Siping, Jilin
  • 12th Fighter Division (People's Republic of China) Stationed at Yantai, Shandong
  • 13th Aviation Division (People's Republic of China) Stationed at Wuhan, Hubei
  • 14th Aviation Division (People's Republic of China) Stationed at Nanchang, Jiangxi
  • 15th Fighter Division
  • 16th Aviation Division
  • 17th Aviation Division
  • 18th Aviation Division (People's Republic of China) Stationed at Nanning, Guangxi
  • 19th Aviation Division (People's Republic of China) Stationed at Zhengzhou, Henan
  • 21st Aviation Division (People's Republic of China) Stationed at Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang
  • 24th Fighter Division Stationed at Tianjin
  • 28th Aviation Division Stationed at Hangzhou, Zhejiang
  • 29th Fighter Division Stationed at Hangzhou, Zhejiang
  • 30th Fighter Division Stationed at Dandong, Liaoning
  • 33rd Fighter Division Stationed at Chongqing
  • 34th Transport Division Stationed at Beijing
  • 36th Fighter Division Stationed at Xi'an, Shaanxi
  • 37th Fighter Division Stationed at Ürümqi, Xinjiang
  • Engineering divisions

  • 1st Railway Engineer Division
  • 2nd Railway Engineer Division
  • 3rd Railway Engineer Division
  • 4th Railway Engineer Division
  • 5th Railway Engineer Division
  • 6th Railway Engineer Division
  • 7th Railway Engineer Division
  • 9th Railway Engineer Division
  • 10th Railway Engineer Division
  • 11th Railway Engineer Division
  • References

    List of divisions of the People's Liberation Army Wikipedia


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