Soviet 88th Special Rifle Brigade

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Soviet 88th Special Rifle Brigade

Post by K.Kocjancic » 06 Sep 2006 16:23

Has anyone have any info on this unit?

So far I have:
* was made up from Chinese and Korean communist who fled to Soviet Union
* captain Kim Il-sung (later dictator of North Korea) was CO of Btl.
* in feb. 1941 was near Siberian town of Khabarovsk
* on September 18 1945 small unit from Brd. (about 20 men) landed near Wonsan

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Re: Soviet 88th Special Rifle Brigade

Post by Hans S » 06 Sep 2006 16:40

Seems to be a little confusion about the name, 88th Rifle Brigade, 88th Special Independent Guerrilla Brigade, 88th Brigade, Soviet Far East 88th Brigade and so on.

Here is at least some more reading mentioning it at least:
http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/opinion ... 954140.htm
http://www.kimsoft.com/korea/kimilsun.htm
http://www.kimsoft.com/war/leemin4.htm
http://web.ku.edu/~eceurope/communistna ... /ch11.html

Hope it helps.

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Hans

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Post by Kim Sung » 05 Dec 2006 16:23

In September 1940, Soviet Far Eastern Communist Party leader Wang Xin-Lim (王新林)called anti-Japanese communist partisans operating in Manchuria into Primorski Krai. One unknown fact is that Kim Il-Sung (김일성) was arrested by the Soviets, on crossing the Amur river. But he was soon released by intervention of Zhu Bao-Zhung (周保中), the leader of anti-Japanese Chinese communist forces.That's the beginning of Kim Il-Sung's career in the 88th brigade. He started from nothing and ended as a founder of the Communist Kingdom.

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Post by Kim Sung » 19 Mar 2007 10:36

A photo of Kim Il-Sung with his Russian and Chinese comrades of the 88th brigade in 1944
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Post by Kim Sung » 19 Mar 2007 14:25

Kim Jong-Il was the only foreign head of state who was awarded the Great Patriotic War veteran's medal from Vladimir Putin on Victory Day 2005. Why? Because his father Kim Il-Sung was technically a veteran of the Great Patriotic War.

With Kim Jong-Il, 27 former Chinese veterans of the 88th brigade were awarded the Great Patriotic War veteran's medal from Vladimir Putin on the same day.

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Re: Soviet 88th Special Rifle Brigade

Post by Alex Yeliseenko » 10 May 2014 18:56

88 Brigade was not "special" and separate
Formed in July 1942
Based in the village Vyatskoe
Originally had four battalions - one Korean and three Chinese

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Re: Soviet 88th Special Rifle Brigade

Post by Art » 11 May 2014 19:35

Rifle brigades of that period were routinely called "separate" in official documents:
http://www.soldat.ru/doc/gko/scans/0828-01-1.jpg

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