Friday, 13 March 2015 00:00

Mongolian Army to march in Moscow's Victory Day Parade

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Mongolian_army_soldiers_to_march_on_Moscow_Victory_Day_paradeA group of servicemen of the Mongolian army will take part in a gala parade which will be held in Red Square in Moscow on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II.

A group of 80 servicemen no less than 180 centimeters tall have been selected from different units of the Mongolian armed forces to take part in the Moscow parade. At present, they are undergoing an intensive drill in marching skills, pending a flight to Moscow scheduled for April 25, to take part in the dress rehearsal of the jubilee parade.

Meanwhile, the Mongolian authorities have endorsed a schedule of gala events due on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of victory in WWII. One of the main gala events is a ceremony of paying tribute to WWII veterans; there will be also events dedicated to patriotic education of the young generation and commemoration of WWII heroes. A new medal dedicated to the 70th jubilee of victory will be issued in Mongolia to add another medal to a set of state awards; a collection of jubilee stamps will be issued to join private philatelic collections.

In May 2015 Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj will head a delegation of the Mongolian government which will arrive in Moscow to take part in the jubilee celebrations.

During WWII, Mongolia contributed about half a million horses, donated funds to build a tank regiment and an fighter squadron to the Soviet Red Army. Mongolia also delivered around 500 thousand tons of meat which is slightly less than US lend-leased 665 thousand tons of meat to Soviet Union. Moreover, Mongolia played an important role in keeping each fifth Soviet troop in harsh Eastern European winters by delivering 64 tons of sheep wool used to sew greatcoat. In comparison, US lend leased 54 tons of wool to Soviet Union.

The Battle of Khalkhin-gol fought between joint Soviet-Mongolian forces and Japanese forces in the Eastern Mongolia in 1939 played an important role in keeping Japan off the future direct military confrontation with Soviets and enabling the latter to move substantial number of divisions stationed in Siberia and Russia's Far East to the Western frontline.