Kombat (military rank)

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in the Red Army
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Introduction1918 to the Red Army
Rank groupCommanding officers
NavyShip commander, 2nd rank
Air ForceAir 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. RIAN archive 543 A battalion commander.jpg
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.

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