The 79th Group Army, formerly the 39th Group Army, is a military formation of roughly corps strength, of the People's Liberation Army of China. It is part of the Northern Theater Command (and previously the Shenyang Military Region). The 79th Group Army has more main battle tanks than any other group armies in China, as it was expected to counter the threat of Soviet armor in the Far East. Along with 38th Army stationed near Beijing, this unit is given the best equipment and training available.
The army was a military formation of the People's Volunteer Army (People's Volunteer Army (PVA) or Chinese Communist Forces (CCF)) during the Korean War. It comprised the 115th, 116th, and 117th Divisions.
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|Major General Xu Qiling, Yu Yonghong|
The 112th Mechanized Infantry Division is a military formation of the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China. The 112th Division (Chinese: 第112师) was created on November 1948 under the Regulation of the Redesignations of All Organizations and Units of the Army, issued by Central Military Commission on November 1, 1948, basing on the 1st Division, 1st Column of the Northeastern Field Army. Its history can be traced to 5th Corps of the Chinese Workers' and Peasants' Red Army taking part in the Pingjiang uprising in 1928.Under the command of 38th Corps it took part in the Chinese civil war.115th Mechanized Infantry Brigade (People's Republic of China)
The 115th Division was a military formation of the People's Volunteer Army (Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) or Chinese Communist Forces (CCF)) during the Korean War with a standard strength of approximately 10,000 men. It was a component of the 39th Army, consisting of the 343rd, 344th, and 345th Regiments.The 115th Division' was one of the first CCF divisions to attack the UN forces as they approached the Yalu River.
Effectively reduced the 8th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division to a combat ineffective unit, after inflicting severe loses on them at Unsan. In all, over eight hundred men of the 8th Cavalry were lost—almost one-third of the regiment’s strength.
The enemy [Chinese] force that brought tragedy to the 8th Cavalry at Unsan was the CCF’s 116th Division. Elements of the 116th’s 347th Regiment were responsible for the roadblock south of Unsan. Also engaged in the Unsan action was the 115th Division.116th Mechanized Infantry Division (People's Republic of China)
The 116th Division was a military formation of the People's Volunteer Army (Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) during the Korean War with a standard strength of approximately 10,000 men.124th Amphibious Mechanized Infantry Division (People's Republic of China)
The 124th Division was a division of the PRC People's Liberation Army. During the Korean War, it was the first unit of the People's Republic of China to cross the Yalu River.127th Mechanized Infantry Division (People's Republic of China)
The 127th Light Mechanized Infantry Division is the primary maneuver element of the 54th Group Army in the Jinan Military Region.
The 127th Light Mobile Mechanized Infantry Division is one of the most famous and best-equipped PLA formations. Its three main regiments, the 371st, 379th, and 380th, are all Red Army Regiments. The 379th regiment is the famed Ye Ting independent regiment, a nationalist armored train unit that was once commanded by Dr SunYat-Sen, with Zhou Enlai as its political commissar during the Republican Revolution of 1911. The "Iron Army" title was an honor for its Armored Train roots. It also acted as vanguard in the battle to seize the Luding Bridge during the Long March.199th Motorized Infantry Brigade (People's Republic of China)
The 199th Motorized Infantry Brigade is one of the five maneuver elements of the 26th Group Army in the Jinan Military Region.1st Amphibious Mechanized Infantry Division
The 1st Amphibious Mechanized Infantry Division is a military formation of the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China. It is now one of two amphibious divisions of the PLA ground forces facing Taiwan.60th Motorized Infantry Brigade (People's Republic of China)
The 60th Mechanised Infantry Brigade is one of the three maneuver elements of the 20th Group Army in the Jinan Military Region. The 60th was converted from a division to a brigade as part of the PLA modernization efforts of the late 1990s.
The predecessor 60th Division was created in 1949 as part of the 20th Army. It consisted of the 178th, 179th, and 180th Regiments. It entered Korea along with the rest of the 20th Army as part of the People's Volunteer Army (Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) or Chinese Communist Forces (CCF)).
The 60th Division moved toward a blocking position near Koto-ri, south of "Hell-Fire Valley" during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.73rd Group Army
The 73rd Group Army, formerly 31st group army, (Military Unit Cover Designator 73111) is a military formation of China's People's Liberation Army and one of three active group armies belonging to the Nanjing Military Region. It is active since 1949.
It is based at Xiamen, Fujian and is composed of the 86th Motorized Infantry Division (People's Republic of China) and the 91st Motorized Infantry Division, along with an armored brigade, an air defense brigade, a surface-to-air missile regiment, an artillery regiment, and an engineer regiment. It is considered a Category A unit, with priority status in terms of readiness, strength, and modern equipment. Based on its training activities and positioning, its primary mission is presumed to be the invasion of Taiwan.78th Group Army
The 78th Group Army is one of the group armies of the People's Liberation Army's Northern Theater Command. It was established in 2017, by seemingly a redesignation of the former 16th Group Army.7th Armored Brigade (People's Republic of China)
The 7th Tank Division (Chinese: 坦克第7师) was formed on September 10, 1968 from 2nd Independent Tank Regiment, 233rd Tank Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment from 28th Army Division, 312th Tank Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment from 107th Army Division and 398th Tank Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment from 193rd Army Division.
As of September 12, 1969, the division was composed of:
25th Tank Regiment (former 2nd Independent Tank Regiment);
26th Tank Regiment (former 233rd Tank Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment);
27th Tank Regiment (former 312th Tank Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment);
28th Tank Regiment (former 398th Tank Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment).
In April 1976 26th Tank Regiment was detached from the division and renamed Tank Regiment, 69th Army Corps. In March 1983, Armored Infantry Regiment and Artillery Regiment were activated.
By then the division was composed of:
25th Tank Regiment;
27th Tank Regiment;
28th Tank Regiment;
Armored Infantry Regiment;
Artillery Regiment.In 1970s and 1980s the division re-equipped with Type 69-1 medium tanks and became the only unit equipped with it. The division maintained as a tank division, catalogue B during the late-1970s and early-1980s.
In July 1985 the division was attached to 28th Army. In September 28 Tank Regiment was detached and renamed as Tank Regiment, 188th Infantry Division. Tank Regiment, 69th Army Corps returned and renamed 28th Tank Regiment.
In 1998 the division was transferred to 63rd Army after 28th Army's disbandment, and re-organized as Armored Brigade, 63rd Army.
In 2003 it became Armored Brigade, 27th Army after 63rd Army's disbandment.
In late 2011 it received a new designation as 7th Armored Brigade.80th Group Army
The 80th Group Army, formerly the 26th Group Army, is a military formation of the People's Liberation Army, seemingly originally formed in 1949. During the Korean War, it became part of the People's Volunteer Army (Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV)) of the IX Army Group, and was commanded by Lieutenant General Zhang Renchu.
The 26th Group Army was part of the Jinan Military Region and the 80th Group Army is part of the Northern Theater Command Ground Force.80th Motorized Infantry Brigade (People's Republic of China)
The 80th Motorized Infantry Brigade, former 80th Division, is a military formation of the People's Liberation Army.It's now a maneuver part of PLA 27th Army.81st Group Army
The 81st Group Army, formerly the 65th Group Army, is a military formation of China's People's Liberation Army and one of three active group armies belonging to the Beijing Military Region. It is based in Zhangjiakou, Hebei and is composed of the 193rd Division, an artillery division, an armored brigade, two motorized infantry brigades, and an anti-aircraft artillery brigade. Its unit ID number is 66455.83rd Group Army
The 83rd Group Army, formerly the 54th Group Army, is one of three People's Liberation Army group armies assigned to the Central Theater Command.Army groups of China
Group armies (simplified Chinese: 集团军; traditional Chinese: 集團軍; pinyin: jituan jun) or army groups or combined corps are corps-level military formations of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force of China.
Some may use or translate 'Group Army' loosely to mean the same as Army Group through various time periods of history, depending on whether the military formation is under Nationalist China (ROC) or Communist China (PRC). Chinese Army Group or Group Army could be equivalent to field army or army group in other militaries but NOT necessarily so. This is because while 军 in Chinese means "corps" when classifying by size or number of troops, it also means (and more frequently so) in common and less precise military usage - any significant grouping of combat troops / i.e. army (usually corps size or larger; including Army or Army Group as per defined by most international military forces).Eastern Theater Command
Eastern Theater Command, one of the five military regions of People's Liberation Army, was founded on February 1, 2016; its predecessor is the Nanjing Military Region.
Its jurisdiction includes Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Shanghai and the East Sea Fleet. It consists of three group armies:the 72nd Group Army (formerly 1st group army), 71st Group Army (formerly 12th group army), and 73rd Group Army(formerly 31st group army). The ground force headquarter of the Eastern theater command is located in Fuzhou, Fujian, China. The joint command headquarters is located in Nanjing.Its commander is Gen. Liu Yuejun and political commissar is Lt. Gen. He Ping.Northern Theater Command
The Northern Theater Command is one of the five war zones of the People's Liberation Army. It was founded on February 1, 2016; its predecessor is the Shenyang Military Region. Its headquarters is at Shenyang, Liaoning. The Northern Theater Command shares borders with North Korea, Russia and Mongolia.
Its jurisdiction includes Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Shandong, and Inner Mongolia. Its commander is Li Qiaoming and its political commissar is Fan Xiaojun.
The Northern Theater Command Ground Force Headquarters is located at Jinan, Shandong, and directs three armies:
78th Group Army (Harbin, Heilongjiang, formerly 16th Group Army);
79th Group Army (Shenyang, Liaoning, formerly 39th Group Army);
80th Group Army (Weifang, Shandong, formerly 26th Group Army).
Northern Theater Command Navy Headquarters at Qingdao, Shandong.
Yantai BaseNorthern Theater Command Airforce Headquarters Shenyang, Liaoning.
79th Mechanized Group Army (Current)
|Field Armies - 野战军 (1949–50)|
|Army Groups - 兵团 (1948–55)|
|Corps - 军 (1948–52)|
Infantry Corps - 步兵军 (1952–60)
Army Corps - 陆军军 (1960-85)
|Group armies - 陆军集团军 (1985–2017)|
|Group Armies - 陆军集团军 (2017–)|
|Air Force Corps - 空军军 (1957-)|
|Air Defense Force Corps - 防空军军 (1955-57)|
|Railway Corps - 铁道兵军 (1956-58)|
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