The 24th anniversary* of the October Revolution was unlike any other. German troops were only 70 km from Moscow and the Soviet capital was subjected to air bombardments. Stalin discussed the issue of the 7th November military parade with his advisors and despite their counsel he decided to have it. He even ordered that in the case of an aerial bombardment the dead and wounded would have to be removed fast, so as not to hamper the parading troops. The parade was opened at 8 a.m. and was uneventful. It was considered a great morale booster and displayed the steadfastness of the Soviet command. After the parade Stalin delivered his famous speech.
* The Revolution occurred on October 26 (Julian calendar). In the Gregorian calendar October 26 is postponed to November 7.
Nagorski, Andrew. The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow that Changed the Course of World War II. Reprint. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008.
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