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Soviet War Memorial Parade, Tiergarten, Berlin, 1980s | by Cold War Warrior
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Soviet War Memorial Parade, Tiergarten, Berlin, 1980s

Given the lack of foliage and greatcoats, this is at a February or November parade (see below). The Lada is a Flag Tour vehicle from 6th Guards Independent Motor Rifle Brigade which was based in Karlshorst, East Berlin. Behind it is a Latvian built Rigas Autobusu Fabrika (RAF) minibus, and behind that, a Turist bus.


The Soviets maintained a war memorial in West Berlin, at the Tiergarten, in the British Sector, just west of the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate. It was built from masonry from the Reichskanzlerei, and marked the fallen Red Army soldiers who stormed the Reichstag. Three times a year, the Soviets held a military parade there - February, Red Army Day, May, Great Victory over Fascism, and November, the October Revolution.

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Taken on March 8, 2011