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Back in the USSR: Moscow invaded by retro reds for WWII battle parade

Wind of change: A gust pushes a Soviet flag over the face of a soldier in Red Square

THE Soviet Union is back — for a few days at least — in Moscow’s Red Square.

Hundreds of military personnel clad in Communist-era clothing have transformed the landmark as they rehearse for a parade tomorrow honouring war heroes.

Keep your comrades warm: Yunarmiya cadets march in winter fatigues PICTURES: TASS/GETTY

Members of the Yunarmiya youth cadets are among those taking part in the event, with their authentic outfits including historic Lenin-adorned flags, guns and even army skis. World War II-era tanks and cavalry riders will also form part of the spectacle marking the 78th anniversary of the 1941 October Revolution Parade, in which thousands of Soviet troops marched through the square on their way to fight Nazi forces in the Battle of Moscow.

All white on the night: Soldiers practise their manoeuvres for tomorrow’s parade

Many of those who took part in the parade never returned home, but they succeeded in pushing back Hitler’s troops to stop them from invading the city in one of the war’s most important encounters.

Centre of atten-shun! Troops rehearse in World War II uniforms