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    Egypt showed its military might to the rest of the world in a massive display in Cairo.

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    Egypt showed its military might to the rest of the world in a massive display in Cairo.

    President Sadat of Egypt reviewed the display of fire power, which included French Mirage jet fighters, British helicopters and American jeeps. Soviet missile launchers showed that Egypt was attempting to follow a system of detente, at least in the military hardware field.

    The huge exhibition of military power was to mark the anniversary of the 1973 October War. Huge crowds that gathered at the parade ground greeted the President with shouts of "Long live the hero of the October War" and "welcome the commander of Victory".

    Before the parade began the President, led by a guard of honour, marched to the memorial stand of the Unknown Soldier, a large pyramid shaped structure, where he laid a wreath and saluted in homage to those who fell in the 1973 War.

    The parade began with flag bearers followed by formation after formation of military, navy, air and air defence units.

    Armoured cars, tanks, missiles, heavy artillery, long range rockets and pontoons that were used to cross the Suez Canal and storm the Israeli positions in 1973, rumbled past the official dais.

    Despite the fact that some of the military hardware came from countries in the Western World, most of it came from the Soviet Union.

    President Sadat has made repeated attacks on the Soviet Union recently claiming that it has let Egypt down, particularly over making up the losses it suffered during the last phase of the Middle East conflict.

    As an example of the President's displeasure with the Soviet Union and his intention to open up the Egyptian markets for war supplies, Soviet-built SAM 7 missiles rumbled past President Sadat mounted on newly acquired American jeeps.

    President Sadat is reported to have said that "if the devil himself is going to sell arms, then I will deal with the devil."

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