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Don Army

18 October 1919

 
This is pulled unit by unit out of Volkov's Encyclopedia.

There may be some minor units in the army, not attached formally to Corps, missing from this order of battle.
 
 
 
Commander of the Army – General of Infantry V. I. Sidorin
Chief of Staff – A. K. Kel'chevskiy

1st Separate Don Corps
6th Don Division
10th Don Horse Brigade
14th Don Separate Horse Brigade
2nd Separate Don Corps
Don Composite-Partisan Division
7th Don Division
1st Composite Division
3rd Separate Don Corps 
1st Don Horse Division
2nd Don Horse Division
3rd Don Horse Division
8th Don Plastoon Brigade
9th Don Plastoon Brigade
8th Don Division
2nd Don Rifle Brigade
Tul'skaya Foot Brigade
4th Separate Don Corps
9th Don Horse Division
10th Don Horse Division
3rd Kuban Corps
1st Terek Cossack Division
1st Caucasian Cossack Division
 
 

1st Separate Don Corps 

Corps Commander – Maj-Gen. N. N. Alekseev
Chief of Staff – Col. P. N. Sannikov

6th Don Division

Division Commander – Maj-Gen. Donskov
Chief of Staff – Maj-Gen Rytikov

3rd Don Plastoon Brigade

Brigade Commander – Maj-Gen. Sutulov
Chief of Staff – Capt. Razdorov

5th Don Plastoon Regiment – 1,277 bayonets, 255 sabres, 12 MGs
6th Don Plastoon Regiment – 949 bayonets, 244 sabres, 18 MGs
15th Don Plastoon Regiment – 723 bayonets, 203 sabres, 19 MGs

Escort Sotnia – 204 sabres, 3 MGs

13th Don Light Battery – 4 guns
15th Don Light Battery – 4 guns
2nd Don Howitzer Battery – 2 howitzers

Engineer Sotnia of 10th Don Division – 128 sappers

4th Don Plastoon Brigade

Brigade Commander – Col. Medvedkov
Chief of Staff – Lt-Col. Zimin

51st Don Plastoon Regiment – 558 bayonets, 140 sabres, 6 MGs
61st Don Plastoon Regiment – 677 bayonets, 185 sabres, 9 MGs
73rd Don Plastoon Regiment – 390 bayonets, 322 sabres, 8 MGs

18th Don Horse Regiment – 852 sabres, 12 MGs
Don Army Commander Special Escort Sotnia – 144 bayonets, 62 sabres, 6 MGs
Escort Sotnia – 90 sabres, 1 MG
Staff of the 6th Don Division Escort Sotnia – 195 sabres, 1 MG

41st Don Light Battery – 4 guns
50th Don Light Battery – 4 guns
10th Don Howitzer Battery – 4 howitzers
2nd Don Heavy Battery – 2 heavy guns

Engineer Sotnia of the 6th Don Division – 86 sappers

10th Don Horse Brigade

Brigade Commander – Col. Lashchenov (uncertain)
Chief of Staff – Lt-Col. Polkovnikov

16th Kaledin Horse Regiment – 333 sabres, 6 MGs
17th Nazarov Horse Regiment – 545 sabres, 5 MGs
64th Baklanov Horse Regiment – 187 sabres, 3 MGs

10th Horse Battery – 4 guns

Recently moved over from the Caucasian Army.

14th Don Separate Horse Brigade

Brigade Commander – Col. Golubintsev (Lt-Col. Korneev acting)
Chief of Staff – Lt-Col. Korneev

28th Ust-Medveditskaya Horse Regiment – 1,092 sabres, 8 MGs
29th Ust-Medveditskaya Horse Regiment – 740 sabres, 9 MGs
30th Ust-Medveditskaya Horse Regiment – 873 sabres, 9 MGs

42nd Don Horse Battery – 4 guns

Horse Sapper Sotnia – 132 sabres, 2 MGs

Units attached to the 1st Don Corps

Special Purpose Sotnia – 187 sabres, 1 MG


2nd Separate Don Corps

Corps Commander – Maj-Gen, P. I. Konavalov
Chief of Staff – V. A. Shipyaev

Don Composite-Partisan Division

Division Commander – Col. Neymirok
Chief of Staff – Capt. Yasevich

1st Don Partisan Brigade

Brigade Commander –

1st Semiletovskiy Detachment – 111 bayonets, 65 sabres, 5 MGs
2nd Chernetsovskiy Detachment – 71 bayonets, 122 sabres, 6 MGs
3rd Dudakovskiy Detachment – 248 bayonets, 286 sabres, 15 MGs

Bicycle Sotnia – 31 bayonets

Don Partisan Artillery Divizion – 7 guns

2nd Don Separate Volunteer Brigade

Brigade Commander –
Chief of Staff – Capt. Sergeev

1st Foot Regiment – 734 bayonets, 10 MGs
2nd Foot Regiment – 760 bayonets, 57 sabres, 13 MGs

Composite Horse Divizion – 262 sabres, 2 MGs

Composite Battery – 4 guns

Engineer Company – 59 men

3rd Don Separate Volunteer Brigade

Brigade Commander –
Chief of Staff – Lt-Col. Filimonov

Boguchar Separate Battalion – 309 bayonets, 65 sabres, 39 MGs
Stavropol' Separate Battalion – 179 bayonets, 43 sabres, 9 MGs
Voronezh Separate Battalion – 163 bayonets, 9 MGs

Composite Horse Divizion – 90 sabres, 3 MGs

Boguchar Artillery Divizion – 8 guns

4th Don Horse Brigade

Brigade Commander – Col. Avchinnikov
Chief of Staff – Staff Captain Khokhlachev

19th Yelan' Horse Regiment – 620 sabres, 11 MGs
20th Veshenskaya Horse Regiment – 858 sabres, 11 MGs
24th Kalinov Horse Regiment – 815 sabres, 7 MGs

4th Don Horse Artillery Divizion
14th Battery – 4 guns
18th Battery – 4 guns

7th Don Division

Division Commander – Col. Savvateev
Chief of Staff – Col. Sitnikov

1st Don Plastoon Brigade

Brigade Commander –
Chief of Staff – Capt. Myasnikov

1st Don Plastoon Regiment – 295 bayonets, 110 sabres, 30 MGs
2nd Don Plastoon Regiment – 285 bayonets, 200 sabres, 36 MGs

Don Border Artillery Divizion – 4 guns

5th Don Plastoon Brigade

Brigade Commander –

21st Khoper Plastoon Regiment – 610 bayonets, 136 sabres, 9 MGs
22nd Khoper Plastoon Regiment – 357 bayonets, 178 sabres, 8 MGs
25th Khoper Plastoon Regiment – 405 bayonets, 200 sabres, 8 MGs

5th Don Light Artillery Divizion – 7 guns

5th Don Horse Brigade

Brigade Commander – Col. Sal'nikov

21st Khoper Horse Regiment – 486 sabres, 4 MGs
22nd Khoper Horse Regiment – 822 sabres, 9 MGs
23rd Khoper Horse Regiment – 120 bayonets, 733 sabres

5th Don Horse Artillery Divizion – 6 guns

6th Don Horse Brigade

Brigade Commander –Col. Pozdnushev
Chief of Staff – Col. Dolgov

25th Ermak Horse Regiment – 654 sabres, 4 MGs
26th Buzuluk Horse Regiment – 558 sabres, 4 MGs
27th Buzuluk Horse Regiment – 730 sabres, 8 MGs

6th Don Horse Artillery Divizion – 5 guns
22nd Battery
24th Battery

Units attached to the Division

4th Howitzer Battery – 1 howitzer
7th Howitzer Battery – 2 howitzers

Engineer Sotnia – 63 men

1st Composite Division

Division Commander – Maj-Gen. Savel'ev

3rd Composite Plastoon Regiment – 900 bayonets, 6 MGs
4th Composite Plastoon Regiment – 1,441 bayonets, 230 sabres, 7 MGs

1st Composite Horse Regiment – 405 sabres, 7 MGs
2nd Composite Horse Regiment – 461 sabres, 5 MGs
3rd Composite Horse Regiment – 430 Sabres, 3 MGs

22nd Don Light Battery – 4 guns
44th Don Light Battery – 1 gun
English Light Battery – 4 guns

The 4th Composite Horse Regiment and Escort Regiment were in the rear of the VA.

Units attached to the 2nd Don Corps

Don Host Engineer Sotnia – 100 men

2nd Howitzer Battery –
6th Howitzer Battery –

Armoured Cars
"Sokol" – Col. Ogon'-Doganovskiy (Fiat)
"Pecheneg"  (Fiat)


3rd Separate Don Corps 

Corps Commander – Lt-Gen. M. M. Ivanov
Chief of Staff – Col. A. V. Govorov

1st Don Horse Division

Division Commander – Lt-Gen. Abramov
Chief of Staff – Col. Nikitin

Life Guard Brigade
Life Guard Cossack Regiment –194 bayonets, 66 sabres, 8 MGs
Life Guard Ataman Regiment – 240 bayonets, 131 sabres, 9 MGs
2nd Brigade
3rd Kalmuck Horse Regiment – 211 bayonets, 120 sabres, 6 MGs
4th Don Cossack Regiment – 298 bayonets, 180 sabres, 8 MGs

Horse Sapper Sotnia – 203 men

1st Don Horse Artillery Divizion
1st Don Horse Battery – about 4 guns
2nd Don Horse Battery – about 4 guns

2nd Don Horse Division

Division Commander – Col. Babkin
Chief of Staff – Lt-Col. Zimin

1st Brigade
5th Don Cossack Regiment – 307 bayonets, 103 sabres, 11 MGs
6th Don Cossack Regiment – 167 bayonets, 50 sabres, 9 MGs
2nd Brigade
7th Don Cossack Regiment – 203 bayonets, 138 sabres, 18 MGs
8th Don Cossack Regiment – 264 bayonets, 80 sabres, 13 MGs

Horse Sapper Sotnia – 193 men

2nd Don Horse Artillery Divizion
3rd Don Horse Battery – 3 guns
4th Don Horse Battery – 4 guns
3rd Don Plastoon Battery – 4 howitzers

3rd Don Horse Division

Division Commander – Maj-Gen. Krivov
Chief of Staff – Lt-Col. Arvaniti

1st Brigade – Maj-Gen. E. I. Tapilin
9th Don Cossack Regiment –412 bayonets, 71 sabres
10th Don Cossack Regiment – 417 bayonets, 60 sabres, 9 MGs
2nd Brigade – Maj-Gen. V. I. Tapilin (or with 8th Don Plastoon Brigade)
11th Don Cossack Regiment – 420 bayonets, 184 sabres, 9 MGs
12th Don Cossack Regiment – 237 bayonets, 206 sabres, 8 MGs
Reserve Horse Regiment

Horse Sapper Sotnia – 170 men

3rd Don Horse Artillery Divizion
5th Don Horse Battery – 3 guns
6th Life-Guard Cossack Battery – 4 guns

8th Don Plastoon Brigade

Brigade Commander – Maj-Gen. V. I. Tapilin (acting?)
Chief of Staff –Col. Korenev

96th Plastoon Regiment – 830 bayonets, 82 sabres, 37 MGs
12th Kamensk Regiment – 425 bayonets, 68 sabres, 12 MGs

1st Don Plastoon Artillery Divizion – 8 guns
19th Don Battery – 4 guns
4th Battery Voronezh Corps

Engineer Sotnia

Had until shortly before been in the 5th Don Division with the 4th Don Border Brigade.

9th Don Plastoon Brigade

Brigade Commander – Maj-Gen. Ovchinnikov

13th Don Plastoon Regiment – 600 bayonets, 9 MGs
14th Don Plastoon Regiment – 415 bayonets, 10 MGs

Horse Sotnia of the 5th Division Staff –56 sabres, 1 MG

26th Don Light Battery – 4 guns

This seems to have recently been in the 5th Don Divison, along with the 8th Don Plastoon Brigade, above. It may be the reformed 4th Don Border Brigade.

8th Don Division

Division Commander – Lt-Gen. Guluga
Chief of Staff – Col. Oranskiy

6th Don Plastoon Brigade

Brigade Commander – Col. Baydalakov
Chief of Staff – Lt-Col. Merzhanov

23rd St George Gundorovskiy  Regiment – 851 bayonets, 195 sabres, 18 MGs
48th Lugansk Plastoon Regiment – 674 bayonets, 55 sabres, 16 MGs
9th Don Plastoon Regiment – 20 bayonets, 4 MGs

6th Don Light Artillery Divizion
31st Gundorovskiy Light Battery – 4 guns
36th Karginovskaya Light Battery – 3 guns
9th Don Howitzer Battery – 1 howitzer

7th Don Plastoon Brigade

Brigade Commander – Maj-Gen. Dukmasov

34th Ermak Plastoon Regiment – 243 bayonets, 32 sabres, 7 MGs
36th Ust'-Belokalitvenskaya Regiment – 181 bayonets, 8 MGs
10th Don Plastoon Regiment – 141 bayonets, 7 MGs

Engineer Sotnia – 151 men

7th Don Light Artillery Divizion
27th Meshkovskaya Light Battery – approx 2 guns
35th Don Light Battery – approx 2 guns

7th Don Horse Brigade

Brigade Commander – Maj-Gen. Starikov

33rd Verkhne-Donskoy Horse Regiment
34th Ekaterinin Horse Regiment
36th Ust'-Belokalitvenskaya Horse Regiment

30th Don Horse Battery

For some reason this brigade was not tallied in the order of battle for the Division, so may have been absent.

2nd Don Rifle Brigade

Brigade Commander – Col. Erofeev

Life-Guard Finlandski Regiment – 828 bayonets, 45 MGs
3rd Don Rifle Regiment – 825 bayonets, 46 MGs
Don Training Regiment – 530 bayonets, 130 sabres, 18 MGs

Engineer Company – 132 men

17th Don Battery – 4 guns
English Trench Battery – 7 guns
1st Don Heavy Battery – 2 guns
2nd Don Rifle Artillery Divizion – 8 guns

Tul'skaya Foot Brigade

Brigade Commander –Col. D'yakonoc
Chief of Staff – Maj-Gen. Mel'nikov

1st Tul'skaya Foot Regiment – 650 bayonets, 8 MGs
2nd Tul'skaya Foot Regiment – 448 bayonets, 8 MGs
3rd Tul'skaya Foot Regiment – 623 bayonets, 3 MGs

Engineer Company – 58 men

Artillery Divizion – 5 guns

Until recently the Tul'skaya Volunteer Infantry Division.

Attached to the 3rd Don Corps

Special Horse Sotnia – 211 sabres, 4 MGs

Artillery Platoon – 2 guns
1st Battery of Heavy Naval Artillery
2nd Battery of Heavy Naval Artillery

Light Armoured Trains
"Mityakinets" – 2 guns
"General Baklanov" – Sotnik Fetisov
"General Gusel'shchikov"
"Gundorovetz" – 2 guns
"Razdorets" – 2 guns
"Ataman Orlov" – Staff Capt. Stefanov
"Ataman Bogaevskiy"

Armoured Cars
"Ust-Medveditsa"  (Austin)
"Lugano-Mityakinets"  (Austin)


4th Separate Don Corps

Corps Commander – Lt-General K. K. Mamantov
Chief of Staff – Col. K.T. Kalinovskiy

9th Don Horse Division

Division Commander – Maj-Gen. Sekretev
Chief of Staff – Col. Sobolevskiy

8th Don Composite Horse Regiment – 348 sabres, 17 MGs
11th Don Composite Horse Regiment – 291 sabres, 18 MGs
12th Don Composite Horse Regiment – 385 sabres, 26 MGs

Artillery Divizion – 7 guns

These regiments had been just prior to this the 8th, 11th and 12th Don Horse Brigades, but they were particularly badly affected by desertion following Mamontov's raid of the previous months.  The "composite" of their title reflects this.

10th Don Horse Division

Division Commander –Mahj-gen. Tolkushkin
Chief of Staff – Col. Vishnevskiy

9th Don Horse Brigade

Brigade Commander –Maj-Gen. Tatarkin
Chief of Staff – Lt-Col. Frolov

13th Don Horse Regiment – 369 sabres, 10 MGs
14th Don Horse Regiment – 559 sabres, 8 MGs
15th Don Horse Regiment – 588 sabres, 10 MGs

Artillery Battery – 3 guns

13th Don Horse Brigade

Brigade Commander – Maj-Gen. Popov
Chief of Staff – Esau Flerin

45th Horse Regiment – 247 sabres, 8 MGs
46th Horse Regiment – 253 sabres, 6 MGs
48th Horse Regiment – 360 sabres, 10 MGs

Artillery Battery – 4 guns


3rd Kuban Corps  (or Third Horse Corps)

Corps Commander – Lt-Gen. A. G. Shkuro
Chief of Staff – Col. Tatonov

1st Terek Cossack Division

Division Commander – Maj-Gen. Kolesnikov
Brigade Commander – Col. Zemtsev

1st Volga Regiment – 625 sabres, 35 MGs
2nd Volga Regiment –
1st  Mountain-Mozdok Regiment –
2nd Mountain-Mozdok Regiment –

Rifle Regiment –

1st Terek Horse Artillery Divizion
1st Horse Mountain Battery
2nd Horse Battery
3rd Horse Battery

1st Caucasian Cossack Division (or 1st Caucasian Horse Division)

Division Commander – Col. Maj-Gen. Gubin
Chief of Staff – Col. Shifner-Markevich
1st Brigade Commander – Col. Belomestnov
2nd Brigade Commander – Col. Bocharov

1st Khoper Kuban Cossack Host Regiment –
2nd Khoper Kuban Cossack Host Regiment –
1st Partisan Regiment of the Kuban Cossack Host –
2nd Partisan Regiment of the Kuban Cossack Host –

Rifle Regiment –

2nd Kuban Cossack Battery – 4 guns
3rd Kuban Cossack Battery – 4 guns

This portion of the division numbered some 980 bayonets, 1,341 sabres and around 80 MGs.

Also attached to the Division

Wolves Divizion – 538 sabres, 8 MGs

Separate Composite Divizion of the 4th Caucasian Brigade – 215 bayonets, 140 sabres, 8 MGs

Supernumery Partisan battery – 4 guns
1st Rifle Artillery Divizion
1st Battery – 4 guns
2nd Battery – 4 guns

Radio Station

The Composite Cavalry Regiment (Tatars and Cherkess) was added around the end of 1919.


Attached to the Don Host Army 

7th tank detachment – 4 Whippet tanks

Don Aviation

4 Don Armoured Trains were with the Caucasian Army


Total Numbers

Volkov gives a total for this period of 25,834 bayonets, 24,689 sabres, 1,343 sappers, 1,077 MGs, 212 guns (183 light, 8 heavy, 7 trench and 14 howitzers), 6 airplanes, 7 armoured trains, 4 tanks and 4 armoured cars, but it should be noted that this is the total of all the totals above: if a unit doesn't have figures then it isn't counted for this total, so the actual count was somewhat higher.

Dobrynin gives the Don Army as 46,500 men, 192 guns and 939 MGs for 14 October 1919. I presume he was not counting the Kuban Corps though.

The Osprey Armoured Units of the RCW: White and Allied gives a lot more armoured cars. Missing from the above list is Ataman Kaledin, Steregushchi, Colonel Bezmolitvenni (Garford?),  Partisan (Austin), Cossack (Austin), Spolokh (Lanchester) and Ust-Belokalitynets (Austin).

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