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    February twenty third marked the golden jubilee of the Soviet armed forces.

    A grand meeting was?

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    Background: February twenty third marked the golden jubilee of the Soviet armed forces.

    A grand meeting was held in the Kremlin Palace of Congresses in Moscow.

    The hall was packed with representatives of the Soviet army, the Moscow public and foreign guests.

    A burst of applause greeted the arrival of the leaders of the Soviet communist party and government, top-ranking Soviet generals and the heads of military delegations from the socialist countries.

    The meeting was opened by alternate member of the Soviet communist party's committee and first secretary of the Moscow party committee Victor Grishin.

    Soviet communist party general secretary Leonid Brezhnev read a greeting to the Armed Forces from the Central Committee and the government. The greeting had high praise for the army's part in protecting the peaceful labours of the Soviet people and reaffirmed the peaceful policies of the Soviet Union.

    The report was delivered by defence minister Marshal Andrei Grechko. Analysing the Soviet Army's history and the victories ti scored over invaders in the nineteen twenties the marshal said that they the key to success lay in the fact the men were fighting for a fair cause. The minister described the war against Nazi Germany as especially difficult and important though the outbreak of war was unexpected for the Soviet Union the Soviet people succeeded in making a concentrated effort to defeat the enemy.

    Marshal Grechko stressed that more Nazi troops were put out of action on the Eastern Front than on all others. He also spoke of the contribution to the rout of the enemy made by the peoples of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Rumania, Yugoslavia, the United States of America, Britain, France and other countries. Speaking of modern times marshal Grechko said that the Soviet army is kept on a round-the-clock alert in view of the imperialists stepping up their intrigues. He warned that na aggressor will face the entire might of all the socialist members of the Warsaw Treaty Organisation.

    The Soviet armament were greeted on behalf of the Working people of Moscow by a worker at the Serp I Molot plant and the M.P. Kliuyev. Secretary of a Moscow branch Young Communist League Irina Koniuhova read a greeting from the young people of Moscow.

    Poland's marshal Marian Spehalsky spoke on behalf of the foreign guests at the grand meeting. He spoke of the exceptional part played by the Soviet Union in liberating countries in Europe as well as Korea and China.

    The Polish marshal called for an effort to further strengthen the might of the Watsaw Treaty Organisation and the unity of the socialist community.

    Hundreds of men representing all arms and services of the Soviet armed forces entered the meeting hall to the strains of a military march.

    Second in command of the Moscow military district colonel-general Ivanovsky read a letter on behalf of the entire army. He promised that the men will preserve the glorious traditions of the army and will continue standing vigilant guard aver the peace of the Soviet Union.

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