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The Grivnik Brigade was an independent Soviet brigade during World War II. This brigade fought alongside the Soviet 88th Rifle Division against the Finnish J-Group of the Finnish III Corps and the German SS North during Operation Barbarossa. They beat back both forces, forcing the Finno-German troops to retire to the city of Kestenga, near Lake Topozero in September 1941.

Combat Composition of the Soviet Army for 1 September 1941 lists no such formation, but there is a Murmanskaya Rifle Brigade listed alongside 88th Rifle Division in 14th Army (Soviet Union).[1]


  • Mann, Chris and Christer Jorgensen. Hitler's Arctic War. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2002.

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