Vilno Military District (Russian Empire)
Vilno Military District was a Russia
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n military district
Military district (Russian Empire)
In the Imperial Russian Army, a military district was a territorial association of military units, formations, military schools, and various local military establishments...

 of the Imperial Russian Army
Imperial Russian Army
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In the Russian Empire, military district
Military district
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s were first formed by Dmitry Milyutin
Dmitry Milyutin
Count Dmitry Alekseyevich Milyutin was Minister of War and the last Field Marshal of Imperial Russia...

 in 1862–64 to replace the pre-existing Military Inspectorates. The military districts were organised to include civilian administration regions of gubernyas and uyezd
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The Vilno Military District comprises
  • Vilno
    Vilna Governorate
    The Vilna Governorate or Government of Vilna was a governorate of the Russian Empire created after the Third Partition of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1795...

  • Grodno
    Grodno Governorate
    The Grodno Governorate, was a governorate of the Russian Empire.-Overview:Grodno: a western province or government of Europe lying between 52 and 54 N lat 23 and E long and bounded N by Vilna E by Minsk S Volhynia and W by the former kingdom of Poland The country was a wide plain in parts very...

  • Kovno
    Kovno Governorate
    The Kovno Governorate or Government of Kovno was a governorate of the Russian Empire. Its capital was Kovno . It was formed on 18 December 1842 by tsar Nicholas I from the western part of the Vilna Governorate, and the order was carried out on 1 July 1843. It used to be a part of Northwestern Krai...

  • Kurland
    Courland Governorate
    Courland Governorate, also known as the Province of Courland, Governorate of Kurland , and Government of Courland , was one of the Baltic governorates of the Russian Empire, that is now part of the Republic of Latvia....

  • Livonia (without Pernov, Fellinskiy, Valkskiy and Verrosskiy uyezds)
  • Vitebsk
  • Mogilev
    Mogilev Governorate
    The Mogilev Governorate or Government of Mogilev was a governorate of the Russian Empire in the territory of the present day Belarus. Its capital was in Mogilev....

  • Minsk
    Minsk Governorate
    The Minsk Governorate or Government of Minsk was a governorate of the Russian Empire. The seat was in Minsk. It was created in 1793 from the land acquired in the partitions of Poland, and lasted until 1921.- Administrative structure :...

  • Suwałki  (without the Shchuchinsk uyezd)

The corps headquarters were in Riga
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Units based at Vilno Military District at the outbreak of the First World War:
  • 20th Army Corps
    20th Army Corps (Russian Empire)
    The Twentieth Army Corps of the Imperial Russian Army was a World War I corps that fought on the Eastern theatre of war.Before World War I 20th Corps was stationed in the Vilno Military District, with corps headquarters in Riga.-History:...

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