Belomorsky Military District

The Belomorsky Military District ( _ru. Беломорский военный округ) was a military district of the Soviet Armed Forces, active from in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Civil War and just after the Second World War.

The District was formed by the decree of the Council of the Peoples Commissars in May 1918. It existed: from May 4 - to August 15 1918; from March 20, 1920 - to May 17, 1921; from 15 December 1944 year (note 1 January 1945 according to the Encyclopedia "Second World War") - to June 29 1951.

Initially the Belomorsky Military District included the territories of the Arkhangelsk, Vologda, and Olonets districts, the islands of the White Sea and part of the islands of the Arctic Ocean. However, the territory of the Military District repeatedly changed. After abolition its territory was incorporated in the Northern Military District. Command of the Military District was located in Arkhangelsk, and later in Vologda, Kem' and Petrozavodsk. In 1944/45 when it was reformed from the previous Arkhangelsk Military District, the territory of the Military District included Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Murmansk, Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic and the Komi ASSR; its headquarters were established at Kem'. Included in the military district was the 14th Army and a number of separate formations and units. The Military District accomplished missions of defending the northern borders of the USSR.

Simultaneously the Belomorsky Military District executed formation and preparation of reserve formations and units for the active army. It was reorganized after war.

Commanding officers

*Ogorodnikov Fedor Evlampievich (26.05.1918 - 15.08.1918)
*Kraevskiy Bronislaw Ignatevich (09.04.1920 - 27.08.1920)
*Dudnikov (28.08.1920 - 18.09.1920)
*Shipov M. (19.09.1920 - 10.11.1920)
*Natsarenus Sergey Petrovich (11.1920 - 04.1921)
*Shevaldin Trofim Ivanovich (1944 - 1945)
*Frolov Valerianus Alexandrovich (15.12.1944 - 04.1948), General Colonel
*Shumilov Mikhail Stepanovich (1948 - 1949)
*Kirill Meretskov (1949 - 29.06.1951)
*General Colonel V A Frolov (29 06 1951-04 04 1956) [Feskov et al, 'The Soviet Army in the period of Cold War', Tomsk University, Tomsk, 2004, p.16]

ources and References

*Source is translation of http://samsv.narod.ru/Okr/bmvo.html
* [http://www.charlottegarrison.org/BARRAGE/Scenarios_OBs/RCW_RedSixArmyHistory.htm History of the Red Sixth Army]
*See also http://bdsa.ru/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=736&Itemid=30


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