12. Infantry Division was formed in May 1944 and sent to the Screening Front, facing Turkey. Consisted of 31st, 32nd, 46th Infantry regiments, 12th divisional arty regiment,  12th engineer, 12th communication, 12th anti-tank, 12th rear battalions. On 15 September 1944 transfered west to the newly formed 2. Army. Fought in the first phase of the war against the Axis in 1944 reaching Kosovo. On 11 November 1944 transfered to Leskovac and included in 1. Army. Fought in the second phase of the war against the Axis reaching Austria in 1945.

Commanders

Col. Hristo Novakov (1944)
Col. (MG) Stefan Taralejkov (1945)

Order of battle

31st Infantry Silistra Regiment
   In 1941 and 1944 part of the screening front.
   In 1944 included in the 12th division.
   Commanders:
     Lt.-Col. Dimitar Vekilarchev
     Col. Nikola Botev (4 Dec 1944 - )
32nd Infantry Zagora Regiment
   In May 1944 part of 12th division.
   In Sep 1944 receives reinforcements from 29th Inf. regiment,
   Commanders:
     Lt-Col. Alexander Popov
     Lt.-Col. Georgi Myngov
46th Infantry Dobrudja Regiment
   In 1941 and 1944 part of the screening front.
   In 1944 included in the 12th division.
   Commanders:
     Lt-Coil. Stoycho Stoychev (until 23 Feb 1945)
     Col. Petar Lazarov (since 23 Feb 1945)
12th divisional arty regiment
   Formed and disbanded several times.
   Sent to the Screening front from 04 Aug 1943 to 07 July 1944.
   Again formed in Sep 1944 and part of 12th division.
   Commander:
     Lt.-Col. Hristo Zlatarev

Sources used

Research by Dimitar Boykov
George F. Nafziger - Bulgarian Order of Battle in World War II

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