On the 9th May 1945, the guns fell quiet as the struggle in Europe came to an end. The Western Allies and the Soviet forces had crushed the German military and every year, Russia marks the occasion with a victory parade.
2010 is the 65th anniversary and this year’s parade in Moscow will be a bit extraordinary. Occasions began a few days earlier when twenty-two British veterans from the Arctic convoys were given medals by the Russian envoy to the United Kingdom, Yury Fedotov. The veterans had helped ferry provisions to the northern Russian ports of Arkhangelsk and Murmansk. In total, around 1,400 ships help keep the Soviet Union supplied.
As part of the Victory Parade, there will be a fly past of around 130 airplanes and helicopters from different periods of history. Over time, Red Square has witnessed plenty of parades crafted to show off the strength of the Soviet forces but this year, the parade will have a more global feel about it. Troops of the Welsh Regiment from the British Army, US 18th Infantry Regiment, pilots from the French Normandie-Nieman squadron and an honour guard from the Polish military will all parade with army units from Russia and other CIS nations.
As well as the Victory Parade in Moscow, there will also be events in other cities too. In Ukraine, 75 Russian paratroopers will march through Kiev as the country marks the end of World War II which was also thought of as the Great Patriotic War in the Soviet Union. The Russian unit was asked to participate by the Ukraine government.