Kombat (military rank)

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Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
in the Red Army
RA I K8 1924v.jpg
Rank insignia Armed Forces of the Soviet Union
Introduction 1918 to the Red Army
Rank group Commanding officers
Army Kombat
Navy Ship commander, 2nd rank
Air Force Air flight commander
NATO equivalent OF-4
Combat, a famous World War II photo by Max Alpert, depicting battalion commander A. Yeremenko leading his soldiers to the assault.

Kombat (Russian: комбат, "kombat"), abbreviated from Командир батальона ("Commander of a battalion") was a military rank in the Red Army from 1918 to 1935. At that time it was roughly equivalent to the rank of Captain.[1]

It is also an informal Russian language abbreviation for the military commander's position for an officer in command of a battalion or an artillery battery.


  1. ^ Garder, Michel (1966). A History of the Soviet Army. F. A. Praeger. p. 79.

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