Blog 11-07-11 Celebrating the October Revolution!
Red banners in parade past Lenin’s Tomb on Red Square
Every year on November 7th, the Soviets put on a massive celebration honoring the Great October Revolution. When the Soviets changed their calendars to match that of the western world, the date of the October Revolution in 1917 fell on Nov. 7th.
In the two years we lived in
this huge Bolshevik celebration was something to behold. The Soviets prepared for this for days in
advance, because it involved many thousands of Soviet soldiers, sailors,
airmen, as well as still more thousands of civilians. For us military and naval attachés, it was
also an opportunity to see whatever the Moscow Soviet Union
wanted to show off in their latest weaponry.
We were invited to come in uniform and sit in reserved seats, right below the tribune where General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev and all the Politburo and all the Soviet generals and admirals stood to review the parade.
However, in the years I was there, we were directed to show American disapproval with the Soviet invasion of
so we showed up heavily wrapped in warm civilian clothing, in the crowd of
hundreds of thousands of Russians. Afghanistan
[Isn’t it strange that twenty years later
would invade !] Afghanistan
This day was a day to observe Russians celebrating the birth of their
, to watch the marching troops, and
hopefully, to discover a new missile or other weapon the Soviets were
producing. It was a tremendous celebration,
and millions of Russians would drink quite a lot of vodka before the day was
over. Communist State
For American and allied military attachés in the Embassy, after several hours of standing in frigid weather watching the parade, we’d show up at the home of one of us for plates of steaming hot American chili, Danish or Polish beer, and Swedish Glögg (a lethal concoction of akvavit, red wine, port, cinnamon and other spices).
Watching an event in Red Square is one of life’s exciting experiences, I think, because your mind can take you back to grainy black-and-white images of Marshal Stalin standing atop that tribune, as the Red Army troops, the same ones who had defeated the Nazis at
Stalingrad and many
other battles, marched in review. On one
end of the square is St. Basil’s Cathedral, and all along another side are the
onion domes of churches inside the Kremlin.
What a fascinating experience it was last year to see pictures of an American Army unit marching in Red Square, to help the Russians celebrate the Allied victory over Germany May 9th, 1945. (
Great Britain and France celebrated on May 8th, but the
actual German surrender happened after midnight time, hence May 9th.) Moscow
U.S. Army helps Russians Commemorate Victory over Germany May 9th, 2010
(Soldiers of Co. C, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, part of the 170th Brigade Combat Team)
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Abdul Buhl: The Chronicles of Abdul Buhl by Leslie F. Deacon, Illustrations by Polly Hill ca. 1948. These are the timeless adventures of Abdul Buhl the terrible, and Morbhid Dhung, his man, told in verse. Charmingly illustrated by Polly Hill, Adul and Morbhid cross a desert, go out to sea, meet some Amazons, including Sweet Ahlmad Buhl, from Abdul's clan. They encounter Whirling Dervishes, Attila's Huns, sail back over the sea to Araby the Fair. [Author believed to be the same L.F. Deacon b. 1913 who served in the RAF in World War II and taught at Tanglin in Singapore after the war, then moved to Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and then South Africa.] 23 pp. 13.5 x 23.8 cm. Green suede leather cover, text block loose from binding, poor. (8200) $39.00. Poetry
Posev Ezhenedelnik Obschestvennoy I Politichestkoi Mysli (Weekly Social and Political Thought), with Zarubezhnoe Prllozhenoye (The Sowing, and anti-Bolshevik Journal, with foreign supplement), Sunday, 27 December 1953. [In Russian] 1953
Izdatyels'stvo Posev (The sowing) was the journal of an anti-Bolshevik
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