The 13th Rifle Division was a military formation of the Red Army from 1922 to 1945. serving in World War II. It was disbanded after being defeated in 1941 and reformed from a Leningrad people's militia division later that year.
The division was formed 13.07.1922 in Dagestan (North Caucasus Military District) on the basis of the 1st Dagestan Infantry Brigade. It took the honor title 'Dagestan.' It took part in the Soviet invasion of eastern Poland in 1939. During the German-Soviet War it was listed as serving from June 22, 1941 to September 19, 1941.
On 22.06.1941, it was stationed at the border area Zambra - Snyadovo, as part of the 5th Rifle Corps, 10th Army (Soviet Union), itself part of the Western Front (Soviet Union). June 22, 1941 was the first fight of the division, and on June 23 it retreated toward Bialystok and on 24 June took up the defence of the river Narev. June 26, 1941 by order of committing waste in Supraselskuyu Forest, where the division was falling apart in unorganized groups.
During late June - early July 1941 small groups from the division attempted to break through to the east, but were dispersed.
The division was formally disbanded on Sept. 19, 1941. It was reformed later that year. With 59th Army of the 1st Ukrainian Front in May 1945.
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