This week in the War, 18–24 June 1945: The marshal and the stallion

Marshal Zhukov, riding his stallion ‘Idol’ during the Moscow Victory Parade, 24 June 1945 [Public domain]

June was the month for victory parades in places as far apart as Moscow and Rangoon.

This week in the war, on 24 June 1945, Marshal Georgy Zhukov rode his white stallion, Idol, in a gigantic march-past in Moscow’s Red Square. (Zhukov had begun his army career as a private in the Czarist cavalry.)

Soviet soldiers carried hundreds of captured German banners and laid them before the Lenin Mausoleum.


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