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Review: Moscow's 1941 Red Square Parade

11-07-2011 14:04 BJT

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Moscow’s November 7th, 1941 parade that commemorated the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, was held for the first time after the Soviet Union entered the World War Two.

It was aimed at raising morale as Nazi German forces closed in on Moscow. After troops marched past leader Josef Stalin they headed straight for the front line just outside Moscow. Andrew Dupuis takes a look back at the legendary rally 70 years ago.

The military parade held on Novermber 7th, 1941, in Moscow’s Red Square was of historic significance. On this day, 70 years ago, the Soviet Union was undergoing one the most difficult time in its war against Nazi Germany. Right from Red Square in Moscow, soldiers who were encouraged by the parade went straight to the frontline.

In the fall of 1941, nearly 2 million Nazi troops were approaching Moscow which was on high alert. This notwithstanding, the government decreed that the traditional military parade be held in Red Square to celebrate the anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Later in November, Nazi Germany carried out major offensives to Moscow. Two months later, the Soviet Army defeated the Nazi troops and greatly encouraged the people in Soviet Union and around the world.

On May 9th, 1945, Germany finally gave up with the surrender ceremony held in Berlin. May 9th is now celebrated in Russia as "Victory Day of the Great Patriotic War", one of the most important holidays in Russia to this day. During the Second World War, 27 million people perished, of which nearly 9 million were Soviet Red Army soldiers.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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