Moscow's Red Square is in festive dress. The Soviet Union is celebrating the 50th anniversary?
Moscow's Red Square is in festive dress. The Soviet Union is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Russian socialist revolution. The troops of the Moscow garrison are drawn up for the traditional ???-past. Alongside them are battalions in leather jackets and ???coats, and navymen with cartridge belts over their shoulders. This is the way the men looked that took part in the socialist revolution. And later defended the newborn Soviet state.
This is the old serrated Kremlin wall of red brick.
On these grandstands on either side of Lenin's Tomb stand veterans of the revolution and labor, leaders of communist and workers' parties of other lands, and guests from abroad.
Leaders of the Soviet Communist Party and government are mounting the platform on top of Lenis's Tomb.
The Kremlin ??? are striking ten. At the last stroke the Soviet Defence Minister, Marahel Andrei Grechko, drives onto Red Square.
The commander of the parade, Lieutenant-General Evgeni Inanovsky, reports to the Defence Minister.
After reviewing the troops the Defence Minister mounts the platform on the Mausoleum.
There is flourish of trumpets.
Now the Defence Minister is congratulating military personnel and all the people of the Soviet Union as well as the guests from abroad on the 50th anniversary. Marshal Grechko notes that the Soviet people have co-??? a heroic path of struggle and victories in these 50 years. Their greatest achievement, he says, is the complete triumph of socialism. The Defence Minister describes the 50th anniversary as a great occasion ??? ??? all over the world and for the forces of democracy and national liberation.
It is a great occasion, he says, for all of advanced humanity.
The Defence Minister points out that imperialism and its chief stronghold, the United States, are doing all they can with provocations, aggression and brazen interference in the domestic affairs of other countries to add to the tension and increase the danger of another world war. Marshal Grechko says that the nations are much disturbed by the criminal war of the United States' imperialists in Mietnam. He says there is still a real danger of war in the Middle East because of Israel's aggression against the Arab nations. And in Europe the revenge schemes of militarist elements in West Germany represent a major threat to security.
The situation imposes a special responsibility on all who ??? peace. The foreign policy of the Soviet Union is geared to building up the positions of socialism, democracy, and worldwide peace and friendship. In view of the situation the Communist Party, Marshal Brechko says, is doing everything to improve the country's defence potential and make the army more battle-ready. The Soviet armed forces, he says, have always done their patriotic and internationalist duty with honor to themselves. And they will continue to stand vigilant guard of communism and world peace.
The Soviet anthem and a gun salute signal the beginning of the military march-past.
This year the military parade is especially colourful. The first part recreated the pages of revolutionary and military history of the Soviet state.