The 266th Rifle Division was a rifle division of the Soviet Red Army during World War II. The 266th was formed three times during the war.It was first formed in July 1941 from an NKVD division and destroyed during the later stages of the Battle of Smolensk in August. It was reformed in December and destroyed in the Second Battle of Kharkov in May 1942.

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  • The 266th Rifle Division was a rifle division of the Soviet Red Army during World War II. The 266th was formed three times during the war.It was first formed in July 1941 from an NKVD division and destroyed during the later stages of the Battle of Smolensk in August. It was reformed in December and destroyed in the Second Battle of Kharkov in May 1942. The 266th was formed for a third time in August 1942, and fought in Operation Little Saturn, the Donbass Strategic Offensive, the Jassy–Kishinev Offensive, the Vistula–Oder Offensive, and the Battle of Berlin. Postwar, the division briefly remained in Germany before being withdrawn to Stalingrad, where it became a separate rifle brigade. In 1953 it was expanded into the 68th Mechanized Division, and in 1957 it became the 117th Motor Rifle Division. In 1965 it was renumbered the 266th Motor Rifle Division, and a year later transferred to the Soviet Far East. The division was based in Amur Oblast until it was reduced to a storage base in 1989. (en)
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  • *1st formation: July–August 1941 *2nd formation: December 1941–May 1942 *3rd formation: August 1942–1946 (en)
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  • The 266th Rifle Division was a rifle division of the Soviet Red Army during World War II. The 266th was formed three times during the war.It was first formed in July 1941 from an NKVD division and destroyed during the later stages of the Battle of Smolensk in August. It was reformed in December and destroyed in the Second Battle of Kharkov in May 1942. (en)
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  • 266th Rifle Division (Soviet Union) (en)
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