Moscow celebrated the Bolshevik Revolution, November 7, with one of the shortest military parades in the 42 years of Soviet history.
GV PAN Military parade commences.
SV Khrushchev and Voroshilov watch.
STV Troops march past.
LV PAN Ditto.
SV PAN Ditto.
LV V.I.P's on balcony.
LV Troop carriers pass.
SCU Parachute detachment.
SV Ditto, followed by tanks.
LV Tanks pass.
SV Mikoyan and others on balcony.
LV Rocket batteries pass.
LV Military officials on balcony.
LV Troop transporters and guns pass.
SV Khrushchev and Voroshilov.
LV Athletes pass.
SLV Model of lunik rocket passes.
LV Flag held aloft by balloons.
SV V.I.P.'s on balcony.
SV PAN From portrait of Lenin to mass crowd following.
SCU Woman with V.I.P. on balcony
TV PAN Massed crowd file through Red Square
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Background: Moscow celebrated the Bolshevik Revolution, November 7, with one of the shortest military parades in the 42 years of Soviet history.
Premier Khrushchev and high-ranking Russian officers and party officials took the salute from atop the marble mausoleum, and 200,000 people watched as Red Army trucks and guns rolled through Red Square - for only seven minutes. None of the armour displayed was new or surprising, the heaviest pieces being eight atomic cannons, and the most interesting; several types of mobile rocket launchers.
Crowds of Muscovites followed the military in a procession taking over two hours to pass the Soviet leaders. A model of the atomic icebreaker Lenin - "breaking the ice of the cold war" - was among tributes to Soviet scientists. The inevitable allusion of Soviet space achievements: A golden balloon sputnik floated skywards, and a silver moon balloon followed it with the slogan "Forward to the victory of Communism". Banners said "Let the atom be the servant of man".
An evening reception at the Kremlin was attended by 2,000 people. Premier Khrushchev proposed six toasts, including one to the Soviet Army, "the only army which ever voted for its own dissolution". Khrushchev also toasted peace throughout the whole world and "Love between all peoples".