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6 November 2019

Solemn march to the music of a military band

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Today, November 7, Moscow’s Red Square hosted the solemn marching parade dedicated to the seventy eighth anniversary of the historic wartime military parade of Nov. 7, 1941. The event was accompanied by the Combined Military Band led by Major General Timofey Mayakin, Head of the Military Music Band Service of the Russian Armed Forces — Chief Military Conductor.

Held in Moscow on November 7, 1941 in the midst of the Battle of Moscow with the Nazis right on the capital’s threshold, the Nov. 7 parade was the first of its kind in the history of the Great Patriotic War (1941–1945), having significant importance not only to the Muscovites but to the entire Red Army as well. Soviet officers and soldiers proved to the whole world that nothing could shatter their spirit and determinacy. Marching along the snowy cobblestones of Red Square they went directly to the frontlines to battle the enemy.

It’s worth noting that the same day the cities of Voronezh and Kuibyshev hosted their own Nov.7 parades. According to Russian historians, it’s impossible to undermine the military and political importance of these parades as they defined the course of actions adopted by the Nazi’s allies in relation to the Soviet Union at the beginning of the war.

Celebrating the seventy eighth anniversary of this historic wartime military parade about five thousand people marched along Red Square. Students and cadets of military educational institutions as well as acting military personnel gathered in the very heart of Russia to pay tribute to all the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. The Cavalry Escort of the Presidential Regiment of the Moscow Kremlin Commandant’s Service as well as the Drummer Unit of the Lieutenant General Valery Khalilov Moscow Military Music College, both permanent participants of the Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival, were also among them.

The event was accompanied by the Combined Military Band led by Major General Timofey Mayakin, Head of the Military Music Band Service of the Russian Armed Forces — Chief Military Conductor.

The combined ensemble included participants of the Military Bands in the City Parks, a special project supported by the Government of Moscow, featuring the Military Band (of the Moscow Garrison) of the 154 Preobrazhensky Regiment; the Band of the Combined Academy of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation; the Band of the Military University of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation; the Band of the Moscow Higher Combined Arms Command School; the Military Band of the 147th Motor Base of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation; the Military Band of the Military Band of the Twenty-Seventh Guard Independent Motorized Rifle Brigade of Sevastopol and Red Banner Order, as well as the Military Band of the 75384 MoD Unit.

The parade was followed by the solemn wreath-laying ceremony to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier held in the Alexander Garden.

For Information

The Battle of Moscow was an offensive military campaign attempted by the Nazi Germany, taking place from September 30, 1941 to April 20, 1942. It consisted of two periods: the strategic defense Moscow and Moscow Region (September 30 — December 4, 1941) and offensive featuring counteroffensive stage (December 5, 1941 — January 7, 1942) and massive offense by the Soviet armed forces (January 7 — March 30, 1942). In the German and Western military history the campaign is known as Operation Typhoon.

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