A 71-member marching contingent of the Indian Army will take part in the 2015 Victory Day Parade in Moscow’s Red Square on May 9, an event that would be witnessed by President Pranab Mukherjee.
This is the first time that the Indian Army is taking part in the Moscow Victory Day Parade, which is held to mark the day of Nazi Germany’s surrender to the erstwhile Soviet Union in 1945.
Defence sources said that a contingent of 75 soldiers from the Grenadiers Regiment will be visiting Moscow next month for the event. While 71 would march, four will be on standby.
For the first time in 2010, the parade had included military units from foreign countries who were allied with the Soviet Union during World War II, with contingents from France, Poland, the UK, US and members of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The last time an Indian Army unit participated in an international parade was in 2009 when they marched down Champs Elysees during the Bastille Day celebrations in France.
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