OFFICIAL PROGAMME of the VICTORY CELEBRATIONS,

Discussion in 'General' started by von Poop, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Noodling about for more on pillar boxes with their tops painted yellow (to detect gas) and associated civillian 'Gas Identification Squads', lead me in passing onto this transcription of the '46 victory parade programme:

    HIS MAJESTY’S PROCESSION

    It's rather good, a hell of a parade with so many 'minor' services represented.
    Interesting that Poland is mentioned in the 'Allied Forces order of march', despite their unjust exclusion from the actual event.

    Cheers,
    Adam.
     
  2. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Adam

    Thought you might be interested to see Wikipedia's page on the Victory Parade.
    London Victory Parade of 1946 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    If you scroll down to "Ron Goldstein" you will see my own contribution to the records which was originally on the BBC Peoples War Archives.
    Whilst on Wikipedia, I also managed to get a contribution made on Field Marshal Keitel but it now seems to have disappeared.
    The original item is stlll here:
    BBC - WW2 People's War - Field Marshal Keitel's surrender
    Ron
     
  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Good stuff Ron, I'd been on the Wiki page but missed your link.
    (was just about to post yet another site you crop up on ;))

    From the programmes evening events:
    11.30 Cascades of fire from the temporary bridges and a Devil’s Tattoo, accompanied by the coloured water display. Short concert of popular music on the loudspeakers

    In case you hung around for the whole day, what on earth is/was a 'devil's tattoo'?, or for that matter how is a 'coloured water display' done??

    Cheers,
    Adam.
     
  4. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Adam

    By 11:30 pm I was most certainly back back home and so I missed the "Cascades of fire from the temporary bridges and a Devil’s Tattoo, accompanied by the coloured water display"

    I had started the day silly early to reserve my place in Whitehall and remember that when an officious copper tried to remove me from my prime spot behind the railings (see the bottom left pic) I pointed out that some of my Regiment were actually marching in the Parade and that I would strongly resist any atempt to shift me.
    Murmours from the crowd encouraged him to back down and I was allowed to stay and record the scene. That's the King and Queen in the open carriage.
     

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