Nikolay Nikanorovich Belov

Nikolay Nikanorovich Belov
Born 6 December 1896
Kharkiv, Kharkov Governorate
Russian Empire
Died 9 August 1941(1941-08-09) (aged 44)
near Podvysokoye, Kirovograd Oblast
Ukrainian SSR
Soviet Union
Allegiance  Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Service/branch Imperial Russian Army
Red Army
Years of service 1915  1941
Rank Major-general
Commands held 9th Cavalry Division
15th Motorized Rifle Division / 15th Rifle Division
Battles/wars World War I
Russian Civil War
World War II

Nikolay Nikanorovich Belov (Russian: Никола́й Никано́рович Бело́в; 6 December 1896 9 August 1941) was a Red Army World War II major-general who commanded the 15th Motorized Rifle Division / 15th Rifle Division.

Belov was wounded during the German invasion of the Soviet Union on 4 August 1941, but chose to remain with his men rather than escape by aircraft.

He was killed by a German shell fragment on 9 August 1941.


Born to a poor working family in Kharkiv in 1896, Nikolay Nikanorovich Belov was conscripted into the Imperial Russian Army in August 1915 and saw action on the Eastern Front of World War I. He joined the newly formed Red Army after the October Revolution, fought in the Russian Civil War, and became a member of the Bolshevik Party in 1919.

A cavalry commander in the 1930s, he led the 9th Cavalry Division during the Soviet campaign into Polish western Ukraine in 1939 and into Romanian-ceded Bessarabia in 1940.

Belov became a major-general in June 1940 and was assigned to command the mechanized 15th Motorized Rifle Division of the 2nd Mechanized Corps in March 1941.

Badly mauled in July 1941 by the advancing Germans after their surprise attack on the Soviet Union, Belov's 15th Motorized Rifle Division was reorganized on 6 August as the 15th Rifle Division.

Belov was wounded on 4 August 1941. An airplane was dispatched to bring him out, Belov chose to remain with his men in the German encirclement.[1] He was killed in combat by a German shell fragment near the village of Podvysokoye in the Kirovograd Oblast of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic on 9 August 1941.[1]


  1. 1 2 Maslov, Aleksander & David Glantz (Trans., Ed.) (1998). Fallen Soviet Generals: Soviet General Officers Killed in Battle, 1941-1945. pp. 24-25. ISBN 978-0-7146-4346-5.
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