country has a "Victory Day". It is 4th of July in America,
July 14 in France, May 9 in Russia, and August 30 in Turkey. In
Victory Day, the army of the country makes "Victory Parade"
in their capital. We used to see the "Victory Day" in our
own country. National TV had a holiday broadcasting of the Parade
march all day.
our childhood, we have gone to ceremonies of Victory Day in the
Ankara Hippodrome. It was the common feature of these festivals that
the noise of the soldiers' post, the fearless gaze of soldiers, while
the military airplanes are flying over, along with the military
helicopters, and the battle tanks.
we met the internet. Youtube.com
entered into our life. Surfers have begun to watch it all. Many views
made it possible to watch the victory day parades in foreign
countries. We access the Youtube.com
page and watch the individual victory days. Different preparations
and images are emerging in all of them.
Army make a difference with their brown aprons and slow walks that
the French wear on their "Foreign Legionaries" uniform.
am always amazed how the British queen's soldiers are moving in the
heat with black big fur shanks and red thick uniforms. That's why
there are so many unfortunate foot soldiers go unconscious during the
are in the mockery of opera music triumph. The cavalry's metal chest
armors are shining in open sky daytime. Paramilitary forces come
forward. The infantry regiment of the Italians, called "Bersaglieri",
their fast-moving running troops are very famous. I love to watch
are not doing anything very special. They walk in the standard order
of the NATO armies. They are not more than we are. The ancient 19th
century German Prussian army's march was transferred by German army
advisers to the Chilean army in South America during the 19th
century. Today you see the goose steps of the Wehrmacht Germany on
the victory parade of the Chilean army.
perfect walk of Chinese women soldiers in red uniforms is
unbelievable especially during the Chinese victory parades. We are
used to male soldiers' demonstration of victory parades, but we have
to watch the flawless marches of Chinese female soldiers, it is
unprecedented unique and very different.
of friendly countries send guest units to the other nations' victory
Korean female soldiers walking in the vibrating goose steps actually
just creates smiles. There is no perfect effect.
is normal for a male soldier to walk regularly in marching. It is
very impressive that the regular and disciplined walk of many female
4th of July ceremonies have civil image. There is no hard military
show in the US 4th July victory day parades. Local civilian people,
lıcal fire brigade, police, public institutions parade walks are
ceremonies performed by Americans in 1946 in New York and other major
cities after World War II were very impressive. Now we can watch them
in black and white.
Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egyptian, in many Other Arab countries, there is
a tendency to military run in front of the protocol. The weather is
very hot, the soldiers are jogging around in light military uniforms.
used to run in the past, and now they do not have this practice. Iran
enjoys more of the modern military outfits, and mechanical battle
equipment is preferred to show foreign military Attaches in the
not forget that during the victory parade march of the Egyptian armed
forces on October 6, 1981, a group of Egyptian rival troops in the
march, united in front of the protocol and assassinated President
Enver Sadat. Not only Egypt, that day all Arab troops lost
the Israeli military ceremonies, the presence of women soldiers again
draws attention. It is not easy to walk in warm weather of Israel in
the military. In the evening, celebrations continue. Female soldiers
have their military uniform skirts underneath their knees but the
collar is open. The soldiers give female and male pop music concerts,
along with singing folk songs on stage. They already have an alert
army that stands guard in case of constant war.
9 May Victory Day in Moscow, soldiers of friendly countries have Red
Square pass, the United States, Britain, France, Kazakhstan,
Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan. Here you can compare the ability to act
together with the discipline of the guest-friendly group of
individual armies in about 100 people.
parade walk of Russian women soldiers from the Red Square is
different. The walking manners of Russian women soldiers is also very
impressive. All of the female soldiers are smiling at the protocol
stand, giving their most beautiful images. Skirts on knees, standing
troop boots or short heeled shoes. No weapons in hand.
soldiers look at protocol stands with scary looks. Russian people do
not usually laugh in general. Laughing or any smile is seen as
weakness. Even in McDonalds shop in Moscow, you will find unsmiling
salespeople. But that is not the case in the red square. All male and
female soldiers are smiling at the protocol stand. Here's the
explanation. It is a privilege to cross the Red Square during the
Victory Day and to walk there. It is a great honor to be chosen for
the parade walk.During the walk you need to be happy and to show this
happiness with your smile. During the Second World War, black &
white films of the 1941 Red Square march were very creepy. Eastern
Siberian troops carried by trains from Siberia to Moscow were hiking
in the Red square, then heading to the front to fight with German
soldiers approaching Moscow. The most of them died on the same day.
Striking images of the 90-thousand German soldiers who were captured
after Stalingrad were sent to Siberia through the streets of Moscow.
Only 6,000 soldiers could return to Germany. At the Moscow 1945
victory parade, one of greatest names of the Great Patriotic war,
Marshal Zhukov's riding his white horse, the captured German flags,
the victory images of the T34 battle tanks were not forgotten. Moscow
May 9th is probably the benchmark for this business, in the Russian
Red Square victory parade march. If we are looking for to mend
our relations with Neighboring countries, then we may also send a
military team to these important days.
may also invite the military troops of friendly countries to our
victory days. Let's show ourselves, and let's see others.
order to be able to survive in our uneasy geographical environment,
it is necessary to have a strong and effective army with high
deterrence capabilities by all means.
Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department
(1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV
companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP), in fabrication, basic and detail
design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power
plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy
analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software
expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities
and research institutions. He is a member of ODTÜ Alumni and Chamber
of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.
article is written for the "EurasiaReview" news web site.
24 May 2017