RUSSIA: Marshals at Work

Ever since the battle of Narva and Pskov in 1918,* when the Bolsheviks won their first military victory, Feb. 23 has been Red Army Day in the U.S.S.R. Last week the Red army celebrated its 37th anniversary with the customary pomp but with special significance: for the first time since Narva and Pskov, its top officers hold highest political jobs.

Wherever there were Red army units (and that was almost everywhere in the U.S.S.R. and a dozen other countries) there were solemn festivals. In the huge Central Theater of the Red army in...

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