66th Army (Soviet Union)

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66th Army
Active 1942–1943
Country Soviet Union
Branch Red Army
Type Field army

World War II


Vladimir Kurdyumov
Rodion Malinovsky

Aleksey Semenovich Zhadov

The 66th Army was a field army of the Red Army. It was established in August 1942 from the 8th Reserve Army. The 66th Army fought to break through to the Volga to the north of Stalingrad during September and October 1942. During Operation Uranus, the Soviet encirclement of German troops in Stalingrad, 66th Army troops linked up with those of the 62nd Army, forming the inner encirclement. Until February the army fought to destroy the pocket and then was held in reserve. In May 1943 it became the 5th Guards Army for its actions during the Battle of Stalingrad.



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