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(RABA until 1940)
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Badge of rank (large)
uniform coat

Rank group the general
NATO rank code OF – 8 comparable
Rank Army / Air Force Corps commander
Marine rank Flagman 1st class
Abbreviation (in lists) KorKdt, in lists KKdt
Distinction badge KomKor
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Collar badge

(from 1941 also corps commissioner)

KomKor , also Komkor , is the short name for Komandir korpusa ( Russian Комкор / Командир корпуса ; English Commander of the corps / Corps commander ) and stands for corps commander, corps leader or corps commander . It was a so-called "personal military rank" of the armed forces of the Soviet Union .

KomKor was also the service designation for the nominal holder of the command and command authority over a large association as commanding general of an army corps in the sense of a large military association.

The KomKor was until 1940 the fourth highest military rank of Red Army of workers and peasants (RABA) of the Soviet Union , which in the current understanding of the NATO rank OF-8 would correspond. The equivalent to this in the naval war fleet of the USSR was the "Flagmann I. Class" (Russian: Флагман 1-го ранга). With the reintroduction of the usual rank of generals, the name KomKor was obsolete and was given up.


With the establishment of the Soviet Union, the previous rank designations and distinctive badges of the Imperial Russian Army were abolished. However, since, for operational considerations, suitable solutions that are system-neutral were absolutely necessary, corresponding specifications were made in this regard. First of all, designations were chosen that corresponded to the corresponding command or the meaning of the major military unit concerned and seemed appropriate. On the other hand, experiences from the civil war required that knowledge of military science regarding the structure and designation of military associations be taken into account. The following ranking was achieved in the area of ​​major associations.

  • Management level Brigade X: KomBrig (Brigadier - OF6)
  • Management level Division XX: KomDiw (Divisionär - OF7)
  • Corps XXX management level: KomKor (Corps Commander - OF8)
  • Management level Army XXXX: KomandArm II (Army leader II class - Commander Army OF9)
  • Management level front XXXXX: KomandArm I (Army leader 1st class - Commander Front OF9)

This replaced the official names introduced from 1918, such as "Red Army man" (Russian: Krasnoarmeez), from which names such as "KrasKom" (long form: Krasny Kommdir) to "KomandArm" (long form: Kommandujuschtschi Armii) in everyday military use had gradually developed. Fixed rank categories existed from 1920, which were retained until 1924.

This OF8 rank expired on May 7, 1940, but was reopened with the introduction of the old general and admiral ranks under the rank of Colonel General OF8.

The distinction badges were retained until the reintroduction of the shoulder pieces in 1943. In particular, the collar badges were still used or applied in part. With the introduction of collar embroidery for General, these were also replaced.

Political Commissars

With the change to the traditional designations for general ranks OF6 to OF9, also rank designations for the political commissars - a specialty of the Red Army and the Soviet Navy - were shown. As of June 22, 1941 the ranking was:

  • Management level Brigade X: Brigade Commissioner - OF6 (Russian: Бригадный комиссар)
  • Management level Division XX: Division Commissioner - OF7 (Russian: Дивизионный комиссар)
  • Corps XXX management level: Corps Commissioner - OF8 (Russian: Корпусный комиссар)
  • Management level Army XXXX: Army Commissar II Class - OF9 (Russian: Армейский комиссар 2-го ранга)
  • Management level front XXXXX: Army Commissioner I. Class– OF9 (Russian: Армейский комиссар 1-го ранга)

Political commissioners for the army (land forces) and air force (air forces / air defense) generally wore the distinction badges corresponding to the management level.

Individual evidence

  1. Ranks and rankings "Red Labor and Peasant Army" (RABA) according to decree No. 2590 "Central Executive Committee of the USSR" and "Council of People's Commissars" of September 22, 1935. Further regulations and stipulations for land forces and navy of the RABA were made accordingly Decree No. 2591.
  2. ^ Order number 176 of the "People's Commissar for Defense of the USSR" on December 3, 1935 on "Person-bound military ranks" of the land forces and the navy of the "Red Workers 'and Peasants' Army".
  3. Military symbol of NATO for Army Corps XXX as a major military unit.
  4. ^ Introduction of the ranks of general and admiral in 1940; stipulated in the "Law on the Military Ranks of the Higher Commanding Staff of the Red Army" and in the "Law on the Military Ranks of the Higher Commanding Staff of the Naval Navy" of May 7, 1940.