Kombrig (abbreviation to Commanding officer of the brigade, Russian: комбриг / командир бригады; literal: Commander of the brigade / Brigade commander), was a military rank in the Soviet Armed Forces of the USSR from 1935 to 1940. It was also the designation to military personnel appointed to command a brigade sized formation (X).
Until 1940 it was the fourth highest military rank of the Red Army. It was equivalent to Brigade comissar (ru: бригадный комиссар) of the political staff in all military branches, Kapitan 1st rank (ru: капита́н 1-го ранга) in the Soviet navy, or to Major of state security (ru: майор государственной безопасности). With the reintroduction of regular general ranks, the designation Kombrig was abolished, and replaced by Major general (OF-6).
This particular rank was introduced by disposal of the Central Executive Committee of the Soviet Union and the Council of People's Commissars, from September 22, 1935.
The new rank structure was as follows:
Sources / references
- ^ Decree of the Central Executive Committee of the Soviet Union and the Council of People's Commissars, from September 22, 1935, on introduction of individual military rank designation to commanding personnel of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army.