25th Army (Soviet Union)
|Active||June 1941-c.December 1957|
|Size||three to six divisions|
|Part of||1st Far East Front
Maritime Group of Forces(1945)
Primorskiy Military District (to 1953)
Far East Military District(1953-1957)
|Engagements||Soviet–Japanese War, Liberation of Korea|
It was formed in the Soviet Far East Front on the basis of HQ 43rd Rifle Corps (in Primorski Krai). In June 1941 comprised 39th Rifle Corps with 32nd Rifle Division, 40th, and 92nd Rifle Divisions, plus 105th Rifle Division as Army troops. Immediately after the end of the war with Japan it included 39th Rifle Corps (40th, 384th Rifle Divisions and 10th Mechanised Division) and 88th Rifle Corps (258th, 386th and 393rd Rifle Divisions) and 8 fortified regions (including the 7th, 106th, 108th, 110th, 111th, 113th, 150th, 162nd) but they were all reorganised in 1946 into machine-gun artillery divisions. There were also the 72nd, 76th, 218th, 259th Tank Brigades. The two corps were disbanded in August 1946 and 65th Rifle Corps (63rd and 144th Rifle Divisions) appears to have joined.
On 5 August 1945 it came under the control of the Maritime Group of Forces, which was redesignated at that time from the 1st Far East Front. It then came under the control of the Primorskiy Military District, which was active until April 1953.
In March 1953 the army also included the 9th, 10th, 21st, and 24th Machine-Gun Artillery Divisions.
The Army took part in Soviet move into northern Korea immediately after World War II had ended, and was headquartered at Pyongyang for a period. It was situated within what may have been the Maritime Province Military District up to 1955, covering boundary with Korea and China, when it was disbanded.
- Lenskii, St. Petersburg, 2001
- See Feskov et al 2013, 49.
- See Feskov et al 2013, 577-579.