Silent Commemorations

In November 2023, the Russian Federation held a threeday static display on Red Square, Moscow, exhibiting restored wartime Red Army vehicles. Jim Kinnear profiles a selection of these historic machines

One of two restored T-34 M-1941 tanks displayed on Red Square. Note the cast Plant No112 production turret
The November 7, 1941 Red Square parade was the public debut of the T-34, it having been deliberately withheld from pre-war parades

As the saying goes, “What a difference a day makes”, or in the case of Russia/Europe/ The World, the last few years. With the fighting in Ukraine between two former Soviet states affecting millions of Russian and Ukrainian families, with relatives on both sides of the divide, Moscow in November 2023 held to tradition with a historic static military exhibition – ostensibly commemorating the military parade held in November 1941 when Axis forces were at the gates of Moscow.

Want to read more?

This is a premium article and requires an active subscription.

Existing subscriber? Sign in now

No subscription?

Pick one of our introductory offers