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172nd Division (1949)
4th Independent Division of Hubei Military District (1949-50)
Active 1949.2 - 1950.4
Country People's Republic of China
Branch People's Liberation Army
Type Division
Role Infantry
Part of 58th Corps
Engagements Chinese Civil War

The 172nd Division was created in February 1949 under the Regulation of the Redesignations of All Organizations and Units of the Army, issued by Central Military Commission on November 1, 1948,[1] basing on the 28th Brigade of Tongbai Military District. Its history could be traced to Independent Brigade of Jinan Military District formed in December 1945.

The division was composed of 514th, 515th and 516th Infantry Regiments. As a part of 58th Corps, during the Chinese Civil War the division took part in the creation of Tongbai base area and Xiangfan Campaign.

In June 1949 the division was renamed as 4th Independent Division of Hubei Military District.

In February 1950 the division was inactivated. Its headquarters merged with Engineer Command, Fourth Field Army.


  1. 《中央军委关于统一全军组织及部队番号的规定》,

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