Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and other Kremlin leaders on Wednesday (7 December) formed a guard of honour at the lying in state of the late Marshal Alexandr Vasilyevsky.
GV EXTERIOR: Soviet Army Central Club building.
SV: Portrait of late Marshal Alexandr Vasilyevsky, PAN DOWN TO queues of soldiers and citizens.
SV INTERIOR: People entering hall PAN TO flower-bedecked catafalque.
CU: Embalmed body of Vasilyevsky in full uniform ZOOM OUT TO honour guard. (TWO SHOTS)
SV: Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and others arriving to pay respects.
CU PAN: Members of Brezhnev's group.
SCU: Brezhnev at attention.
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Background: Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and other Kremlin leaders on Wednesday (7 December) formed a guard of honour at the lying in state of the late Marshal Alexandr Vasilyevsky. A former Was Minister and a leader of the Soviet victory at Stalingrad in World War II, Marshal Vasilyevsky died in Moscow on Monday (5 December) aged 82.
SYNOPSIS: His body has been lying in state at the Central Club of the Soviet Army, in which he rose to become Chief of the General Staff. From March, 1949, until the death of Josef Stalin in 1953, Marshal Vasilyevsky was the Armed Forces Minister, the Soviet equivalent of War Minister. He ended his career as the Defence Ministry's Inspector General.
The highpoint of his career was the Battle of Stalingrad, from July, 1942, to February 1943. Marshal Vasilyevsky helped to draw up plans for the army offensive which broke the German siege. Mr. Brezhnev and other Kremlin leaders arrived to form a guard of honour at the catafalque, which stood amid a mound of wreaths. Tass News Agency said the Kremlin mourners stood at attention for three minutes by the open coffin.