Stepan Guryev

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Stepan Savelyevich Guryev
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Born (1902-08-01)1 August 1902
Romanovo, Russian Empire
(now Lenino, Lipetsk Oblast, Russian Federation)
Died 22 April 1945(1945-04-22) (aged 42)
Pillau, East Prussia
(now Baltiysk, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russian Federation)
Allegiance Soviet Union Soviet Union
Service/branch Red Army flag.svg Red Army
Years of service 1919 - 1945
Rank Major-general
Commands held
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union — 1945 Order of Lenin

Stepan Savelevich Guryev (Russian: Степан Савельевич Гурьев; 1 August 1902 - 22 April 1945) was a Soviet Red Army officer and major-general in World War II who led the 5th Airborne Corps, which was reformed into the 39th Guards Rifle Division in August 1942 and fought at Stalingrad.[1]


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Monument to Guryev in Guryevsk

Appointed commander of the 16th Guards Rifle Corps in 1944, he led the Corps into East Prussia and the Battle of Königsberg.

The general was killed in action at Pillau (today Baltiysk) on 22 April 1945, three days after being awarded the honorary title of Hero of the Soviet Union by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.

The city Guryevsk in the Russian Federation's Kaliningrad Oblast is named after him.


  1. Walsh, Stephen (2000). Stalingrad: The Infernal Cauldron, 1942-1943. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press. p. 80. ISBN 0-312-26943-9.

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