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Nov 7,1941, commemorating march to take place in Red Square

November 07, 2012, 9:59 UTC+3

Over 6,000 people — representing youth organizations of the capital and servicemen — will take part in a ceremonial march

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MOSCOW, November 7 (Itar-Tass) — Over 6,000 people — representing youth organizations of the capital and servicemen — will take part in a ceremonial march in the Red Square here on Wednesday in honour of the 71st anniversary of the legendary Parade of November 7, 1941.

This year, the scenario includes elements dedicated to the Year of Russian History and the bi-centenary of the 1812 Battle of Borodino. The march will begin in a rather unusual way to parade soldiers wearing the uniform of 1812. They will be followed by a company of drummers and servicemen clad in the uniform of 1941.

The historical part of the parade will be re-enacted by the servicemen of the Moscow garrison, a cavalry group of the Presidential Regiment, the Guard of Honour Company of the Separate Commandant's Regiment, servicemen of the 27th separate motorized rifle brigade of the Russian Ministry of Defence, and Interior-Ministry troops, .

The Banner Group of the Guard of Honour Company will carry the genuine flags of units and forces that took part in the Battle of Moscow -- the relics of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-'45. Cavalry will ride along. Everything will remind one of the memorable frosty morning. The historical military hardware dating back to 1941 will runble across the Red Square in conclusion of the march: not only the legendary T-34 tanks but also amphibian T-38 tank, or T-60. The hardware will remain in the square for one hour after the march as an open-air museum.

The march will also involve more than 6,000 representatives of the children's movement of Moscow, members of military-patriotic clubs, scounting parties, cadets of military schools of Moscow, Defence Ministry's military music school, the Cadet School named after Alexander Nevsky of the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation.

Cadets from Omsk whose forefathers fought near Moscow in 1941, as well as young peoples from Novomoskovsky and Troitsky Districts of theso-called Large Moscow will take part in the march for the first time.

The historic Parade of November 7, 1941, included 28,500 servicemen and members of the Volunteer Corps. They went to the frontline straight from the Red Square to defend the besieged Moscow.

On November 7, 2012, veterans of the Great Patriotic War will be guests of honour at the march in which their grandsons and great-grandsons will take part. Participants in the legendary Parade of 1941 have been invited to the grandstands in the Red Square. Thirty-six ouf of 57 who live in Moscow are planning to be present at the ceremonial event in the Red Square.

Meanwhile, a Day of Military Glory is marked in Russia on this Wednesday. The holding of a military parade intheRed Square in the hardest days of the War was of tremendous military-and-political significance, making a powerful impact on the morale of troops, and promoting an emotional upsurge and invigoration of belief in a final victory. By the force of impact on the course of the subsequent events, the Red Square Parade is equated to major military operations of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-'45. The Parade aroused an immense social response. On that day, fighter planes flew over the Red Square in defiance of the snow blizzard. The Red Square was within a zone of artillery bombardment. People came to believe that it was possible to win in that fiercely-fought war. The long-awaited Victory Parade ensued four years later, on June 24,1945.


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