Southeastern Front

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The Southeastern Front was a front of the Red Army during World War II. It was formed on Aug. 5, 1942 out of parts of the Stalingrad Front, using the command elements from the First Tank Army and the disbanded Southern Front. The front's main aim was to prevent the German advance towards the Volga River and ward off the threat of a German encirclement of Stalingrad. For this purpose it included 52nd, 57th and 64th Armies. 28th and 62nd Armies and 8th Air Army were later added to the forces of the front.

On Sept. 28 the Southeastern Front was disbanded; most of its forces became the new Stalingrad Front, whilst the former Stalingrad Front was renamed the Don Front.[1]



  1. David M. Glantz, Armageddon in Stalingrad, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2009, pp 272-73