As a marching music aficionado I couldn’t pass this up. It seems as part of the new Russian imperium, they’re brushing up on spit n’ polish militarism:
The Russian Presidential Guards in their freshly dusted-off Czarist-era uniforms. And who better to learn from then their German brethren?
Hence.. The Bundeswehr performing Prussian marches in Red Square. How on earth did the Germans feel performing Prussian marches there, and how did the Russians feel watching the whole thing?
And you would have thought they would have abolished torchlight parades entirely:
Or with eagle standards in… Berlin!
Then again maybe the military Can-Can proves militarism isn’t a German characteristic anymore!
You see the combined effect in the 50th Bundeswehr anniversary ceremonies in Berlin, complete with torchlight parade in front of the Reichstag (their new-model American-style helmets resembling Reichswehr helmets):
Maybe the Bundeswehr in Red Square or having torchlight parades in Speyer or drilling around with eagle standards in Berlin is not as potentially chilling as watching a military parade in Chile might have been, circa 1991!
Well, actually, that was more understandable during the Pinochet era.
But as of 2007, still a chilling sight!