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|80th Group Army|
|Branch||People's Liberation Army Ground Force|
|Part of||Northern Theater Command Ground Force|
|Major General Huang Xiubin, Zhu Yuwu|
The 80th Group Army, formerly the 26th Group Army, is a military formation of the People's Liberation Army, seemingly originally formed in 1949. During the Korean War, it became part of the People's Volunteer Army (Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV)) of the IX Army Group, and was commanded by Lieutenant General Zhang Renchu.
During the Korean War, the 26th Army was commanded by Lieutenant General Zhang Renchu.
The PLA's 9th Army Group began moving into Korea on 5 November. After the 20th Army had moved in, followed by the 27th Army, the 26th CCF Army followed, moving east to Linjiang and Huchang as army group reserve, and defending against any advance down the Yalu River by the US Army 7th Infantry Division. On 2 December, General Song Shilun ordered the 26th Army south from the Huchang River to take over the attack on Hagaru-ri. Movement of the 26th Army was slowed and delayed by air attacks. Further, according to one of the Chinese histories, some elements got lost in a snowstorm. The 26th Army failed to reach Hagaru and launch an attack on the 5th Marines. Advanced elements did reach East Hill and attempt to hold that. And, on the night of December 6, as the 1st Marine Division was attacking towards Hagaru-ri, advance elements of the 26th Army did attack the column but failed to organize a coordinated attack. The 26th Army suffered some 10,000 cold-weather related casualties.
Dennis Blasko wrote in 2013 that during the force reductions which began in 2003, the 138th and 199th Brigades, along with the 8th Artillery Brigade, were created from former divisions. The 83rd Division has also been associated with this army in public reporting in the last few years.
In 2013 Dennis Blasko estimated the army comprises the: