Tuesday, September 14, 2010

N.V. Solovyev - Red Army 1945 Victory Parade (1945)


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"At the zenith of its power, the USSR celebrated the victory over Nazi Germany with a spectacular armed forces parade in the Kremlin's Red Square on June 24, 1945.

Participating combat veterans and army musicians rehearsed for weeks to present an unforgettable demonstration of Soviet martial precision.Comprising troop contingents selected by Stalin, the review bore witness to the pomp and grandeur of a waning era of military romanticism soon displaced by the austere realities of the Cold War. The Soviet cinematic record shows troops hurling seized German flags before the Lenin Mausoleum, parade footage, and close-ups of Red Army soldiers and gaudily decorated officers attending the opening ceremony. The Soviet dictator, with prominent public officials and field marshals, observe events from the elevated concrete platform of the mausoleum. Inordinately praiseworthy of Stalin, the feature was ultimately consigned to Moscow's film archives. Through IHF's initiative, it was recently rediscovered and authorized for contemporary distribution. Transferred from an original 35mm negative and digitally restored for optimal quality."

http://www.wupload.com/file/93851562/1945 red army parade.avi

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