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The Third Field Army of the Chinese People's Liberation Army was one of the five main forces of the Chinese People's Liberation Army during the Chinese Civil War. It was established in early 1949. Initially known as the East China Field Army, by the New Fourth Army and the Eighth Route Army troops stationed in Shandong Province, a gradual adaptation of the expansion. It took control of the troops in eastern China, with Chen Yi as its commander. It comprised the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th Corps Armies (bingtuan) plus the headquarters of the special technical troops, with a total of 580,000 men.[1]

Forces associated with the Third Field Army included:[2]

  • The 7th Army, Commander Wang Jianan , political commissar Tan Qilong , chief of staff Li Yingxi:
    • 21st Corps (including 61, 62, 63rd Divisions), military commander Teng Haiqing , political commissar Kang Zhiqiang
    • 22nd Corps (including the 64th, 65th, 66th Divisions), the military commander Sun Jixian , political commissar Ding Qiusheng
    • 23rd Corps (including 67th, 68th, 69th), commander Tao Yong , political commissar Lu Sheng
    • 35th Corps (including 103, 104, 105th Division), military commander Wu Huawen , political commissar He Kexi
  • The 8th Army, Commander Chen Shizhong , political commissar Yuan Zhongxian, chief of staff He Xiangxiang:
    • 24th Corps (including the first 70, 71, 72 Division), commander Wang Bicheng , political commissar Liao Haiguang
    • 25th Corps (including the 73rd, 74th and 75th divisions), military commander Cheng Jun
    • 26th Corps (including 76, 77, 78th Division), commander Zhang Renchu , political commissar Wang Yiping
    • 34th Corps (including the first 100, 101, 102 Division), military commander He Ji Feng , political commissar Zhao Qimin
  • The 9th Army, Commander Song Shilun , political commissar Guo Huoruo , chief of staff Qin Jian ,
    • 20th Corps (including 58, 59, 60th Division), military commander Liu Fei , political commissar Chen Shifu
    • 27th Corps (including the first 79, 80, the first 81 division), military commander Nie Fengzhi , political commissar Liu Haotian
    • 30th Army (including 88, 89, 90th Division), commander Xie Zhenhua , political commissar Li Qianhui
    • 33rd Army (including the 97th, 98th, 99th Division), commander Zhang Kexia , political commissar Han Nianlong
  • The 10th Army, Commander Ye Fei , political commissar Wei Guoqing , Chief of Staff Chen Qingxian ,
    • 28th Corps (including the 82nd, 83rd, 84th Division), commander Zhu Shaoqing,
    • 29th Corps (including 85, 86, 87th Division), military commander Hu Bingyun , political commissar Zhang Fan
    • 31st Corps (including 91, 92, 93rd Divisions), military commander Zhou Zhijian , political commissar Chen Huatang
  • Directly under the jurisdiction of Third Field Army
    • 32nd Corps (including the first 94, the first 95 division), commander Tan Xilin, political commissar Peng Lin
    • Special forces column, commander Chen Rui Ting , political commissar Zhang Kai .
    • Guangdong and Guangxi columns (March 1947 - March 1949), commander Zeng Sheng , political commissar Lei Jing.

In August 1950 the force was redesignated the East China Military Region.


  1. Historical Dictionary of Modern China (1800-1949), James Zheng Gao, Scarecrow Press, 2009, ISBN 0810849305, 116
  2. See Witson 1972

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