Photos: Moscow gears up for 78th Bolshevik Revolution parade

Updated On Nov 06, 2019 04:45 PM IST

Thousands of troops in World War II uniform marched across Moscow’s Red Square on Tuesday in a re-enactment of a historic wartime parade. On November 7, 1941, Red Army soldiers marched directly to the front line after the parade during the Battle of Moscow to repel the invading Nazi forces closing in on the Soviet capital. During Soviet times, annual military parades were held on November 7 to commemorate the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. The holiday was abolished in 2005, but many older Russians still celebrate it.

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A reconstructor looks out of a World War II military vehicle during a rehearsal for a military parade to mark the 78th anniversary of a historical parade at the Red Square in Moscow. Thousands of troops in World War II uniform marched across Red Square on Tuesday in a re-enactment of a historic wartime parade. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 06, 2019 04:45 PM IST

A reconstructor looks out of a World War II military vehicle during a rehearsal for a military parade to mark the 78th anniversary of a historical parade at the Red Square in Moscow. Thousands of troops in World War II uniform marched across Red Square on Tuesday in a re-enactment of a historic wartime parade. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

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On November 7, 1941, Red Army soldiers had marched directly to the front line after the parade during the Battle of Moscow to repel the invading Nazi forces closing in on the Soviet capital. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 06, 2019 04:45 PM IST

On November 7, 1941, Red Army soldiers had marched directly to the front line after the parade during the Battle of Moscow to repel the invading Nazi forces closing in on the Soviet capital. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

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World War II-era Soviet tanks take part in the rehearsal, with St. Basil Cathedral in the background. The Nazis closed in on Moscow in early October 1941 after quickly seizing huge chunks of Soviet territory and inflicting huge losses to the Red Army after invading the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941. In some sectors at the front, Nazi troops came as close as 30 kilometers (20 miles) to the Russian capital. (Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 06, 2019 04:45 PM IST

World War II-era Soviet tanks take part in the rehearsal, with St. Basil Cathedral in the background. The Nazis closed in on Moscow in early October 1941 after quickly seizing huge chunks of Soviet territory and inflicting huge losses to the Red Army after invading the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941. In some sectors at the front, Nazi troops came as close as 30 kilometers (20 miles) to the Russian capital. (Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP)

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But the Nazi offensive lost its momentum in mid-October as it faced adverse weather and logistics challenges, allowing the Soviet command to bring in reinforcements and strengthen the city’s defenses. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 06, 2019 04:45 PM IST

But the Nazi offensive lost its momentum in mid-October as it faced adverse weather and logistics challenges, allowing the Soviet command to bring in reinforcements and strengthen the city’s defenses. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

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As the fate of Moscow was still hanging in the balance, Soviet leader Josef Stalin ordered the November 7 parade to boost the troops’ morale. The parade has acquired a major symbolic significance, becoming a show of Soviet determination and resolve. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 06, 2019 04:45 PM IST

As the fate of Moscow was still hanging in the balance, Soviet leader Josef Stalin ordered the November 7 parade to boost the troops’ morale. The parade has acquired a major symbolic significance, becoming a show of Soviet determination and resolve. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

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The Battle of Moscow marked the first time since the start of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union when the Red Army managed to stop the advancing Nazi forces and drive them back. It was the first major Nazi defeat since the start of World War II. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 06, 2019 04:45 PM IST

The Battle of Moscow marked the first time since the start of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union when the Red Army managed to stop the advancing Nazi forces and drive them back. It was the first major Nazi defeat since the start of World War II. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

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During Soviet times, annual military parades were held on November 7 to commemorate the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. The holiday was abolished in 2005, but many older Russians still celebrate it. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 06, 2019 04:45 PM IST

During Soviet times, annual military parades were held on November 7 to commemorate the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. The holiday was abolished in 2005, but many older Russians still celebrate it. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

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