Slightly over a month after the surrender of Germany, the victory parade was held in Moscow on June 24, 1945. The “Marshal of Victory”, G.K. Zhukov, was given the honor of Parade Inspector and rode through the parade grounds atop a white stallion.
Some sources claim that the horse was originally intended for Stalin, but was to feisty for the General Secretary, and threw him off during practice. Zhukov, being an accomplished horseman, was instead offered the horse as his mount for the parade. Its said that, upon seeing Zhukov riding *his* horse before the troops, Stalin realized the threat Zhukov’s popularity - with both the army and the country - presented to him, and began planning to discredit him.
Other accounts see no such symbolism in the event and say the horse was intended for Zhukov all along, but regardless of the truth in the encounter, within a year Zhukov had been stripped of his commands, accused of political unreliability, and exiled to the backwater command of the Odessa Military District.
Soldiers from the 5th Infantry Division, a Soviet raised Polish unit. With the beginning of Operation Barbarossa, Poland and the Soviets found themselves to suddenly be allies. Not caring about the irony, the Soviets began to raise Polish units mostly by recruiting from POW camps and gulags where they had sent Polish prisoners following their invasion of Poland less than two years earlier.
The 5th was part of the so called Anders’ Army, named after its commander Władysław Anders. After fighting in the east for a year, they would, with Stalin’s consent, withdraw from the front and transfer to the west through Iran, after which they served in Italy.
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