Servicemen wearing the Red Army uniform of the Great Patriotic War, during the ceremonial march commemorating the 75th anniversary of the 1941 military parade on Red Square.Alexey Kudenko/RIA Novosti
A ceremonial march celebrating the legendary Nov. 7, 1941 military parade was held on Moscow’s Red Square on Nov. 7.
The parade was opened by soldiers who marched with the flags of regiments that defended the Russian capital 75 years ago. Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin later greeted the veterans and the Muscovites on occasion of the parade’s anniversary.
"It lasted just more than an hour, but cannot be compared for its influence on the moral of our people, this was the victory without a single shot fired. For its significance, the parade is equal to major military operations," Sobyanin said.
The parade gave confidence that the enemy would be crushed, the mayor said. "It was a great moral victory that laid foundation for the defeat of the Germans near Moscow and Stalingrad, in the Kursk Salient and in other battles," he said.
More than 5,000 people marched along Moscow’s main square. The servicemen wore uniforms of the 1940s. The spectators saw the ceremony re-enacting the war events. The military equipment of the Great Patriotic War era - tanks T-34, T-38, T-37 and T-60 and Katyusha multiple rocket launchers - paraded across the square. The equipment will stay there until 5 p.m.
The march marking the parade’s anniversary was held in Moscow for the 14th time. The legendary parade in 1941 lasted for around an hour and was attended by 28,500 soldiers and militia fighters. Many of them went to the frontline to defend Moscow from the advancing Nazis straight from Red Square.
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