Izvestiya reports this morning on the formation of a new 8th Combined Arms Army in Russia’s Southern MD.
The paper reports the new army’s staff and C3 brigade are standing up in Novocherkassk. Units will be based in Rostov and Volgograd Oblasts.
The 8th CAA will include the new 150th MRD, also at Novocherkassk, and the 20th MRB in Volgograd. The establishment of the new army was long rumored in the Russian media, but there was speculation it would be a tank army.
The 8th will be Moscow’s twelfth numbered army, and the third in the Southern MD. The 49th and 58th armies are based in Stavropol and Vladikavkaz respectively.
The 8th CAA is a major reinforcement in Russia’s “southwestern strategic direction,” and comes against a backdrop of continued fighting between Ukraine and Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
The 8th descends from the GPW-era 62nd Army at the Battle of Stalingrad. It fought to Berlin. The successor 8th Army occupied East Germany, and returned to the North Caucasus MD in 1992. A downsized 8th Army Corps disbanded in 1998.