The East Germans staged a massive display of military armaments and manpower in East Berlin on October 7 to mark the 33rd anniversary of the founding of the Communist state.
GV Parade with armed forces massed in front of huge banner proclaiming that East German Socialist Republic lives
GV East German Party leaders at parade as bells peal in distance/SV East German flag (2 shots)
SVs Army vehicles and soldiers on parade (2 shots)
GV East German leader Erich Honecker takes salute from high-ranking officer
GV Troops on parade goose stepping (3 shots)
SV Erich Honecker taking salute
SV Naval units march past and take salute of political leaders (2 shots)
GV Army trucks drive past and leaders salute (5 shots)
GV Tanks pass leaders' platform (5 shots)
GV Missiles driven past and leaders saluting (6 shots)
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Background: The East Germans staged a massive display of military armaments and manpower in East Berlin on October 7 to mark the 33rd anniversary of the founding of the Communist state. Columns of goose stepping soldiers, sailors and border guards filed past Head of State and Socialist Union Party (SED) leader Erich Honecker. The East German leader was flanked by members of the ruling politburo and Heads of the Armed Forces. Tanks, artillery and rockets formed a central part of the parade down East Berlin's main avenue, the Karl Marx-Allee. The display violated a ban on German military forces parading in Berlin. Under the city's four-power status only the wartime allies, the United States, France, Britain and the Soviet Union, are permitted to have a military presence in the divided city. Britain, France and the United States are understood to have lodged a protest with the Soviet Union which has responsibility for the eastern sector.