Victory Day Parade in Red Square, Moscow, Russia

The first Victory Parade on Moscow’s Red Square was held on June 24, 1945, and is famous for images such as Marshal Georgiy Zhukov riding a white horse across the square and the standards of numerous Wehrmacht units being thrown to the ground in front of the Lenin mausoleum.

The annual May 9 parade is the centrepiece of what remains one of the biggest public holidays in Russia, as well as in several other countries of the Soviet Union.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, tanks and other hardware were removed from the parade until 2008. The 2010 parade was notable for the inclusion of units from foreign armies.  The UK, US, France and Poland were all represented, along with a number of the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the 2006 parade.

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