A massive military parade and a new constitution were the main features on Monday (7 October) as East Germany celebrated its 25th birthday.
LV (NIGHT) Military band leading parade. (6/10)
GV Torchlight parade chanting as they march. (2 shots)
MV Flags past rostrum with Soviet leaders, including Brezhnev.
GV & MV Torchlight procession and banners as Brezhnev and Soviet leaders look on. (3 shots)
CU East German emblem.
GV Torchlight procession.
MV AND GV Flags and procession pass rostrum. (2 shots)
GV & MV (7/10 Day) Band plays as crowd watch. (2 shots)
MV Naval unit marches past.
GV Armoured vehicles passing.
MV & SV Missile-launchers passing. (2 shots)
GV PAN Troop carriers and guns passing.
MVS & PANS Missile carriers passing as crowds watch from balconies. (3 shots)
MVS Troop-carriers and guns pass in parade. (2 shots)
MV PAN Tanks and missiles passing. (4 shots)
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Background: A massive military parade and a new constitution were the main features on Monday (7 October) as East Germany celebrated its 25th birthday.
The parade was held in East Berlin. A huge torchlight procession by an estimated 200,000 people had been held in the city the night before.
The hour-long military show -- believed to be the biggest in the state's history -- drew the customary rebuke from the three Western allies (Britain, France and the United States), in a statement released in West Berlin, which condemned the display as a violation of the de-militarised status of Berlin.
Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German Communist chief Erich Honecker watched from the grandstand on the Karl Marx Allee as military units marched past, followed by rumbling armoured vehicles -- including ???mphibious tanks -- and long lines of missile-carriers and other rocketry.
New to the parade -- similar in character (but larger in scale) to those held each May Day -- were small anti-tank rockets and a new line of computer-controlled artillery, experienced observers said.
A ???vised constitution came into force on Monday in which East Germany pledged itself eternally and irrevocably to the Soviet Union and its East-Bloc partners. There are no references to German unity in the document.
Diplomats from NATO states boycotted the East Berlin ceremony -- the British Ambassador was at work in his office. Representatives of the People's Republic of China, who had been attacked by both Brezhnev and Honecker the day before, were also said to have stayed away.