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    Spanish Chief of State General Franco took the salute at a big military parade in Madrid on Sunday (3 June) commemorating the 34th anniversary of his victory over the Republic in the Spanish Civil War.

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    Spanish Chief of State General Franco took the salute at a big military parade in Madrid on Sunday (3 June) commemorating the 34th anniversary of his victory over the Republic in the Spanish Civil War.

    His Nationalist Forces were declared victors in the three-year conflict on April 1, 1939, but the annual parade is held on a later date each year. There were similar march-pasts on Sunday in other major cities throughout the country.

    The Madrid parade was a massive affair with 13,000 soldiers and policeman, 659 armoured vehicles, including tanks and missile launchers, and 164 jet fighters and helicopters taking part.

    General Franco, in his 80th year, stood erect throughout the 90-minute ceremony. Beside him was Prince Juan Carlos, the man the General has designated to succeed him as Spanish Head of State. Princess Sophia, his wife watched from a nearby balcony.

    Also close by the General and his successor was the Vice-President, Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, who is due to take over as Prime Minister when General Franco retires from office or dies.

    SYNOPSIS: Prince Juan Carlos, the man who will succeed General Franco as Spanish Head of State, preceded the General to the saluting dais in Madrid on Sunday - the day marking the 34th anniversary of the victory over the Republic in the Spanish Civil War.

    General Franco, now in his 80th year, led his Nationalist Forces to victory in the three-year conflict which ended on April 1st., 1939. The commemorative parade is held on a later date each year. General Franco was greeted by his Ministers.

    There were similar parades on Sunday in other major cities throughout the country. A massive crowd saw the General and his named successor take their places for the big parade. Six-hundred-and-thirty-nine armoured vehicles trundled by.

    The impressive parade was also watched by Princess Sophia, wife of Juan Carlos. Her wide-brimmed hat completed an elegant ensemble. As the parade unfurled its great length, General Franco took the salute. He stood for 90-minutes acknowledging the men and machines of his forces.

    A well disciplined mascot.

    Spain's leadership, present and future commemorated a day of the greatest significance for both of them.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADZ3RC9WNDUNDRLWCGO7X52TOO
    Media URN:
    VLVADZ3RC9WNDUNDRLWCGO7X52TOO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/06/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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