5th Army (Russia)

5th Army (Russia)

The 5th Army is a Russian Ground Forces formation in the Far East Military District. Under the Soviet field army it was known as the 5th Red Banner Army. It was formed in 1939, served during the Soviet invasion of Poland that year, and was deployed in the southern sector of the Soviet defences when the German Operation Barbarossa began in June 1941 during World War II. In the disastrous first months of Barbarossa, the 5th Army was encircled and destroyed around Kiev.

Reformed under Lelyushenko and Govarov, it played a part in the last-ditch defence of Moscow, and then in the string of offensive and defensive campaigns that eventually saw the Soviet armies liberate all of Soviet territory and push west into Poland and beyond into Germany itself. The 5th Army itself only advanced as far as East Prussia before it was moved east to take part in the Soviet attack on Japan. Since 1945 under the Soviet and now Russian flag it has formed part of the Far East Military District keeping watch on the border with the People's Republic of China.

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... After the victory over Japan, the 5thArmy remained in the Far East, and was the most powerful armyin the Far East Military District throughout the entire postwar period ... After the disbandment of the 9th Mechanised Armyand the 25th Armyin 1957, 5thArmy's composition was supplemented by a whole series of divisions, including the ... and 1980s, the 81st Guards MRD and the 199th MRDs became part of the 5thArmy ...

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