The 2010 parade was the largest Red Square parade in Moscow since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, involving 11,135 troops, 161 military vehicles, and 127 aircraft, and with 4.2 million people turning out to watch the parade itself.
World War II was the most widespread and destructive war ever fought by mankind, involving most of the world's nations and over 100 million soldiers. The war was divided between two camps, between the Allies and the Axis, with all participants laying out their entire military, economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities for the war effort. The war would see the majestic British Empire and Commonwealth, the mighty Soviet Union, the proud French Empire, the growing power of the United States, and countless other nations and exiled peoples united across the world in one, united effort against the forces of oppression and fascism.
And for the first time in history, these same Allies march together for the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany, known as Victory in Europe Day. This heroic and momentous day was celebrated in Moscow, Russia on the 9th of May, 2010, marking the 65th anniversary of the war's end. The 2010 parade was the largest Red Square parade in Moscow since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, involving 11,135 troops, 161 military vehicles, and 127 aircraft, and with 4.2 million people turning out to watch the parade itself.
Military units from countries that were allied with the Soviet Union were present at the Victory Parade, with representation from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Poland, and countries of the former Soviet Union. The Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that the inclusion of foreign military representatives is, "indicative of our solidarity, and of the understanding that universal humanistic values are becoming increasingly important for the development of the modern world", and said he was pleased about the recognition "of our common victory" in World War II.
The Kremlin Honour Guard of Russia began the parade with their characteristic presentation of the Flag of the Russian Federation and the Victory Banner, marching past the Grand Kremlin Palace, one of Russia's most esteemed palaces.
They were soon followed by an address to the nation from Medvedev.
After this, a general march of Russian troops and military hardware passed through Red Square.
The United Kingdom was proudly represented by a detachment from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, and the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment, clad in full ceremonial uniforms. The Welsh Guardsmen are a national symbol of Great Britain, guarding both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
The United States was represented by the 2nd Battalion of the 18th Infantry Regiment.
Poland was represented by the Guards of Honour, marching in ceremonial uniforms representing the Polish army, air force, and navy.
France was represented by the elite Normandie-Niemen Air Squadron.
The Victory Parade was followed by a spectacular assortment of fireworks over the Moscow Kremlin.
The following is the entire video of the 2010 Moscow Victory Parade.
Part One of the 2010 Moscow Victory Parade (Video Source)
Part Two of the 2010 Moscow Victory Parade (Video Source)
The Russian government made every effort to turn the day into a holiday, pinning massive murals to apartment blocks and hanging banners across major streets for all to view, and following the parade with a spectacular show of fireworks. The parade is a said to have cost an estimated 1.3 billion rubles (about £29.15 million or $45.12 million).
© 2010 Gregory Markov
2010 Moscow Victory Parade