The Soviet Union on thursday (7 November) celebrated the 57th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution with the traditional military parade through Moscow's Red Square.
MV Troops march past
SV Brezhnev takes salute
GV Troops march past (2 shots)
GV Tanks and armour parade (3 shots)
CU Officials watch missiles (2 shots)
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Background: The Soviet Union on thursday (7 November) celebrated the 57th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution with the traditional military parade through Moscow's Red Square.
Soviet leaders stood in rain for an hour on top of the Lenin Mausoleum to review the nation's military might.
The parade included a special showing of the Soviet's latest weaponry, among them several types of tanks, self-propelled guns and armoured troop carriers....some of which could be dropped by parachute.
Western experts said the Soviet Union was frustrated during the 1973 October war between Israel and arab armies, at being unable to air-supply its allies as rapidly as the United States could drop material into Israel.
The Red Army also showed paratroopers holding shoulder-fired anti-aircraft rockets which operate by heat detection.
However, for the first time in decades, Soviet Party leaders cancelled the civilian march-past at the end of the parade.
It is thought likely that medical advisors wanted to protect Soviet leaders from undue exposure at a time when they have a heavy schedule of political appointments.