VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY: Iranian Troops Join Victory Parade in London (May 8th, 1945)


VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY: Iranian Troops Join Victory Parade in London (May 8th, 1945)
by Darius Kadivar

Iranian army participates in the Victory Parade marking the end of World War II in London (Oxford Street) and before King George VI, Queen Elisabeth, Princess of Wales and Winston Churchill. (Circa May 8th, 1946)

See Related BBC Report:

VE Day memories 65 years on: 'Electricity in the air' (bbc)

Iran President Demands World War 2 Reparations (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

Winston Churchill VE-day 8th May 1945:

Rare Footage Iran during WWII (No Sound Track Available):

Royals Greet Crowds on VE Day 1945:



Top Photo:

Iranian army participates in the Victory Parade marking the end of World War II in London (Oxford Street) on 08/06/1946 (Larger image). Iran was considered as the "Bridge to Victory" by the Allies after the Teheran Conference in 1943.

Bottom Photo:

Iranian army participates in the Victory Parade marking the end of World War II in London on 08/06/1946 (Larger image) before King George VI of Windsor and Queen Elisabeth (Later known as the "Queen Mum"), and the Princess of Wales (future Queen Elisabeth II) on Podium. Prime Minister Winston Churchill below right hand side of Podium looks upon. Iran was considered as the "Bridge to Victory" by the Allies after the Teheran Conference in 1943.

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Darius Kadivar

Besides Iran during WW2 was NOT treated Like Iraq today ...

by Darius Kadivar on

The Allies entered Iran facing little resistance because we were hardly a Super Power. It was like cutting through a cheasecake which avoided a great deal of bloodshed.

The Iranian Army put up a symbolic fight which was honerable but even Reza Shah was aware that any other stubborn resistance would equate to a national Suicide.

Iran was No exception to the Rule dozens of countries were occupied one way or another during WWII by either the Allies or the Axis forces. Be it in North Africa with the British in Egypt, The Allies and exiled French government occupied Algiers ( and bombarded the French Navy at Merzel Kabir just as they did with the Iranian Fleet in the Persian Gulf). The same for other Asian Countries and people like the Philipinos or burmese who had to fight the Japanese.

Reza Shah was NOT Saddam Hussein and understood that it was in the interests of the country to abdicate in favor of his son.

The Allies were intelligent enough not to dismantle the Iranian State, it's Army and gendarmerie and on the contrary to train them. The above footage I added shows that the Iranian Military was trained by Belgian, French ( exiled Army opposing the VICHY Government) as well as British Troops.

The Iranian Territorial Integrity was immediately restored after WWII and much thanks to the American President Truman's Staunch Support of the Shah who managed to recuperate Soviet Occupied Azerbaidjan by toppling the illegitimate puppet government of Pishevari:

pictory: Soviet Propaganda Film - Iran, Tabriz 1945-46 

Truman Threatened Stalin that if he did not allow the Iranian Troops to recuperate Azerbaijdan back, It would use the Atom Bomb against the Soviets in the same way it did TWICE against the Japanese ( The Soviets did Not have the Bomb Yet at the time).

The Result was that Iran's Entire Territorial Integrity was restored and Iran was to end the War with the head High be it symbolically.

That shows that the Allies did not wish to colonize Iran all the more that the British Empire was aware that the Age of Colonies had come to an end with India which was to acquire it's independance in 1948 ( the Same Year the State of Israel was created) and treated Iran and it's King with the Respect it was entitled to:

Shah of Iran greeted at the United Nations-1948:

Churchill's Iron Curtain speech-Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri on March 5, 1946 :

All this in the immediate aftermath of WW2 and the New World Order imposed by the New Atomic Age.

It did not Stop the Shah to Get Even with the British in the years to come to their dismay which only Proves what a Great Patriot he was and anything but a Puppet of the West:

Nor of America for that matter ...

So in retrospect Iran was hardly humiliated or hurt during the War given the drastic circumstances of one of the most Bloody and technologically sophisticated Wars in Human History. It could have been much worse compared to Germany bombarded to smitherins ( and rightly given that they were responsible for the War to begin with) or Japan ( bombed with Two Atom Attacks) which unlike the Nazis maintained it's political system ( i.e: the Monarchy) but was forced under American General MacArthur to adopt a Democratic Constitutional Form. This was also the case for Iran where the Shah reigned and did not Rule for the first 12 years of his reign before Mossadegh turned everything upside down with his stubborn behavior which led to the infamous Coup ( or rather Counter Coup ) that put an end to a thriving Parliamentary democracy we had enjoyed in the first years following WWII.

Reading History Helps ... YOUR Master President Mahmoud would be well advised to do so from time to time if he wants to avoid becoming an embarrasment to Iranians and a subject of constant laughter in the International community ...

SATIRE: The Olagh has Landed ;0)

Darius Kadivar

SPink Get Your Figures Right ...

by Darius Kadivar on

Not One Thousand but barely 200 and all were Military at the time of the invasion in a WORLD WAR that cost 70 Million Deaths all triggered by a Blood thirsty Tyrant called Adolf Hitler which we happened to be one of his unfortunate Allies.

We were unfortunately on the wrong side of history even if Reza Shah did not share the Fuhrer's ideological standpoint.

I am not certain that YOU of all People are an Authority to speak about the historical and political dillemmas faced by Iran during World War II, and definitively Not YOUR Joon Joony President who demands reparations for the so called casualties faced by Iran in the same way he denies the Holocaust.

Enjoy Your weekend Herr SPink !


Sargord Pirouz

So let me get this straight,

by Sargord Pirouz on

So let me get this straight, Darius:

During WW2, the British launch a war of aggression against Iran, killing nearly a thousand Iranian soldiers and hundreds of civilians in the process, and a puppet government is installed. The puppetry is here for all to see in this in this parade taking place in Britain, of all places.

And you somehow think this a moment of pride? Or is it that you are a sycophant? Your constant sucking up to royals and celebrities suggests the latter.

Darius Kadivar

Your welcome

by Darius Kadivar on

Beh Omideh "Victoryeh" Khodemoon dar Ayandeyee Nazdeek !


Hope for our Own National Victory in a near future !

Glad you enjoyed this post !


ebi amirhosseini

Darius Jaan

by ebi amirhosseini on

Priceless !

sepaas for sharing this part of our history,which I believe many of us,like me,had no idea about it.

Ebi aka Haaji


Did not know about the Iranian army either

by Rea on

We learn as we go.

Thx DK.


thanks dk, i didn't know

by humanbeing on

i didn't know this about the iranian army. again, i learned something new from your blog.


Will read all the links, promise

by Rea on

In the meantime, people all over do not care about V Day.  Sad, isn't it ?


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