Russia: Thousands of soldiers re-enact legendary 1941 Great Patriotic War parade02:30

Russia: Thousands of soldiers re-enact legendary 1941 Great Patriotic War parade

Russian Federation, Moscow
November 7, 2016 at 09:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of participants marched on Moscow's Red Square, Monday, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the renowned 1941 procession, which also took place in the Russian capital in the midst of World War II, also known as the Great Patriotic War in Russia.

Monday's parade was a reenactment of the 1941 iteration, with a wide range of historic military equipment and units on display, including T-34 tanks and artillery guns. Veterans of the Great Patriotic War were received as honoured guests for the ceremony.

On November 7, 1941, under the leadership of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin, a military parade to commemorate the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 was staged on Red Square. The parade was kept secret until the last moment, given that the Nazi Germany's forces were just a few kilometres from the Russian capital. After passing the Kremlin, the troops marched to the frontlines of the war where they engaged the Wehrmacht in a series of battles, including an offensive in Aleksino that resulted in a Soviet victory and heavy losses for the invading power.

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Thousands of participants marched on Moscow's Red Square, Monday, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the renowned 1941 procession, which also took place in the Russian capital in the midst of World War II, also known as the Great Patriotic War in Russia.

Monday's parade was a reenactment of the 1941 iteration, with a wide range of historic military equipment and units on display, including T-34 tanks and artillery guns. Veterans of the Great Patriotic War were received as honoured guests for the ceremony.

On November 7, 1941, under the leadership of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin, a military parade to commemorate the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 was staged on Red Square. The parade was kept secret until the last moment, given that the Nazi Germany's forces were just a few kilometres from the Russian capital. After passing the Kremlin, the troops marched to the frontlines of the war where they engaged the Wehrmacht in a series of battles, including an offensive in Aleksino that resulted in a Soviet victory and heavy losses for the invading power.