Immediately after the surrender of Germany, Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin ordered that a Victory Parade be held on Red Square with the participation of representatives of all fronts and branches of the armed forces. On May 24, 1945, Stalin was informed that preparations were beginning for the Parade, which was to take place two months later. Joseph Vissarionovich gave the order to cut this period by half. As a result, the solemn event was scheduled for June 24th.
About 15, 000 new uniforms for the participants had to be sewn for the Parade. For a month, sewing factories in Moscow and the Moscow region worked on the order around the clock. Four days before the Parade, the uniform was ready.
There is still no consensus as to why the Victory Parade was hosted by Marshal Zhukov, and not personally by Stalin. Zhukov himself recalls in his memoirs that it was Stalin's personal request, since the "leader of the peoples" at that time was no longer young and could not confidently sit in the saddle. There is information that at one of the rehearsals, Stalin fell from his horse and decided not to risk it anymore.
200 Nazi banners and standards were thrown at the foot of the Mausoleum. Moreover, they were thrown not on the paving stones, but on a specially prepared platform. All the Red Army soldiers who carried them across Red Square were wearing gloves, since they flatly refused to touch the flagpoles of the enemy banners with their bare hands. After the end of the parade, these gloves, along with the platform, were burned.
On the day of the Parade, heavy rain fell over Moscow. Nature could not spoil the festive mood of the participants, but the flight over Red Square of combat aircraft had to be canceled for safety reasons. The prepared aircraft remained at the airfields. Due to bad weather, the procession of columns of workers was also canceled.
The participants in the Parade were strictly selected. In addition to the fact that the front-line merits of the candidates were taken into account, there were also restrictions on height - not less than 170 centimeters. However, there are no rules without exceptions, for example, the growth of a Hero of the Soviet Union
Sabir Akhtyamov, the legendary tank destroyer, was 164 centimeters long.
It is widely known that Stalin personally ordered a dog named Dzhulbars to be carried across Red Square in his greatcoat. During the war years, Dzhulbars discovered thousands of mines and shells, but at the end of the war he was wounded and could not move independently. Much less is known about the post-war fate of Dzhulbars. Fortunately, he was able to recover from his wounds and even became an "actor", starring in 1946 in the movie "White Fang" based on the novel by Jack London.
Kamanin's father and son took part in the Victory Parade. Hero of the Soviet Union, pilot Nikolai Petrovich Kamanin ended the war with the rank of lieutenant general. But his son Arkady became the youngest pilot of the Second World War, having made the first independent flight at the age of 14.
Interestingly, on September 7, after Japan also surrendered, the Victory Parade of the Allied Forces took place in Berlin. It was decided that in the Parade from each union state (USSR, USA, England and France), one consolidated regiment of 1000 people and military equipment will participate.