Army Day is observed each year in China on August 1st to commemorate the founding of the People’s Liberation Army in 1927. Ring in the PLA’s 88th birthday by taking a look back at some neat archival images of the PLA of the past.
The photos were republished earlier today by Xinhua and give a glimpse of some notable moments (Read, National Day parades) in military pomp and circumstance from the founding years of the PRC. Marching enthusiasts, hold on to your hats.
Cavalry units were present in 1949 for the PRC’s founding ceremony.
Navy units march by Tiananmen Square for the 1950 National Day parade.
Paratroopers march by Tiananmen Square for the 1951 National Day parade.
Cavalry units march through Xinhua Gate for the 1952 National Day parade. Nothing these guys love more than a good march.
Paratroopers all notice something interesting going on to the right during the 1953 National Day bash.
Regular infantry stepping up for the 1954 National Day extravaganza.
Tank officers step out of their vehicles to march in the 1955 National Day parade.
A rainy 1956 National Day parade. Wouldn’t happen now.
PLA tanks waiting for a traffic jam to clear at the 1957 National Day parade.
Female militia members show off their marching skills in 1958 National Day parade.
PLA airborne division getting hyped for 1959 National Day festivities.
Of course, the PLA has come a long way since then in terms of military technology, fashion sense and photo quality.
Still marching on.
by Alex Linder
[Images via Xinhua]