Full Red Square Parade Dedicated to 75th Anniversary of Great Victory in WWII, June 24, 2020, Moscow + My commentary!
This is the first full LIVE video – just video, no commentary, from Zvezda, the channel of the Russian Army. I’ll see if I can post the parade only with commentary, when it shows up.
What’s on this video + a bit of my commentary and impressions!
First 19+ minutes – arrivals of foreign heads of state and Putin greeting them. With spectacular views of the Kremlin and Moscow.
The drone view of the Red Square @ 19:35
**Just notice those clear blue skies!
In between they also show the behind the scenes Kremlin, with waiting/toasting heads of state.
Spasskaya Tower Clock & Red Square, parade-ready @ 24:50
They actually aren’t wearing face masks, including parade participants, vets and dignitaries. The parade rehearsals showed everyone wearing face masks. As I see they let the participants go without masks. Good idea since otherwise it would be pretty hard to breathe. It was said that the parade participants were selected this time for their immunity to COVID, among other things.
@25:30 Putin and heads of delegations on foot head to Red Square
@27:30 Putin greeting vets on Red Square
Red Square #Victory75 Parade begins @ 34:30
Putin’s anniversary speech and Russian anthem @ 49:11 – 59:49
Main parade starts @ 59:53
Parade starts with a historic part: it’s a recreation of the first June 24, 1945 parade commemorating Victory in WWII / Great Patriotic War. A splendid recreation of the Russian uniforms of that era.
Next, foreign regiments participating. Nice uniforms. Just look at that Chinese contingent, so flawless like they are jointless! How do they do it? And a very unusual performance by the Indian contingent.
The contemporary Russian Army troops and tech – amazing as usual.
My impression: the parade is more laid back than usual. No pressure associated with May 9, more casual than it would be on actual Victory Day.
@1:14:00 – Russian girls, marching to Katyusha 🙂 and lots more.
FULL LIVE VIDEO:
Aerial show closes the Red Square Parade 2020
Brief but touching overview from RT hosts – watch what the girl says: her grandmother was a part of the female company that fought side by side with the Soviet Red Army to liberate Belarus, and she was Polish. There were decent Poles too…
After the parade, Putin and heads of foreign states lay wreaths to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
A full list of Victory75 Marathon posts is under this article!
DON’T MISS – THE JUNE 24 EVENTS!
The 75th WWII Victory anniversary concert was held in the evening of June 24 in a highly unusual setting, on Mamayev Kurgan, Volgograd – former Stalingrad. This is an incredible by its impact memorial complex, dedicated to heroes of the battle of Stalingrad.
“To Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad” at Mamayev Kurgan
Mamayev Kurgan is a dominant height overlooking the city of Volgograd in Southern Russia. The name in Russian means “tumulus of Mamai”. The formation is dominated by a memorial complex commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad. Wikipedia
Mother Russia Calls, Mamayev Kurgan’s dominant monument – world’s one of a kind. And yes, this giant statue is carved out of stone, as is the entire complex:
Other monuments on Mamayev Kurgan:
The main concert of the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII has been held with this spectacular backdrop!
I’ll share it here, on FT when it is released.
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Posted on June 24, 2020, in 2) Great Balancer Weekly, Russia, WWII & Great Victory and tagged #Victory75, May 9th Red Square Parade, Moscow, Russian army, Stalingrad, Victory day, Vladimir Putin, Volgograd. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.