The 10th anniversary of Union's Proclamation
(an article, first printed in Daily Worker, NY, 6th of November 1935)
Our British comrades have been surely busy with celebrations last month! From the very beginning of September, every city, town and village in Britain was doing its best to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Proclamation Day and Guy Fawkes Day. I've seen preparations in London, Manchester and Liverpool - and I must admit, even our 4th of July may have a hard time when compared to British celebrations! Tons of fireworks, parade before drills and so on - a splendid view for every supporter of workers' cause.
The Proclamation Day commemorates the triumphant entrance of Republican Army into London, the dissolution of the corrupt Parliament and the creation of Union of Britain. Traces of this glorious moment can be seen everywhere in London - in names, like VIL, standing from Vladimir Illych Lenin, which replaced "Big Ben" or the Revolution Bridge on the Thames (former Tower Bridge). New monuments are also present - a huge statue of Marx replaced imperialist admiral Nelson on Picadilly Circus and Oliver Cromwell, the first true British Republican, welcomes all those who decide to visit the People's Palace (former Buckhingam Palace). There are many more - all you have to do in order to see them is simply to take a hike.
VIL, illuminated during night
The celebrations begun on the 24th of October, opened by a military parade. Hundreds of militia marched from the former Parliament towards Picadilly. Numerous airplanes - mostly Gloster Gauntlets and Gladiators - accompanied the heroes from the air. Republic's tanks, although very few in numbers, have also made their appearance. Once the parade was over, comrades Horner and Snowden made appearance on a honorary tribune on Picadilly Circus. Their speeches reflected their different personalities - Snowden's calm, deep voice advocated peace in Britain and Europe, and congratulated all British workers for their constant devotion to the cause. Horner, on the other hand, reminded that the socialist paradise is still far away from being realised. He recalled the "Hunnic Hammer" and "American Anvil" - an unevitable alliance of imperialism and capitalism, ready to strike against Britiain at any moment.
Vickers mk. II, of the Republican Army
The celebration held one huge surprise; a speech by comrade Oswald Mosely, leader of the so-called Maximist faction and Exchequer himself. He annouced that 1st of January will mark the completition of the "Great Reconstruction" - a massive naval buildup, commenced almost ten years ago. The last vessel to be completed will be RNS Rebecca - an aircraft carrier, designed to dominate the Atlantic Ocean as far as the Azores.
Black Shirt of Britain - comrade Exchequer, Oswald Mosley
When I write those words, it's 4th of November. I'm packing my things up and get ready to go to Liverpool, where Rebecca is being finished. Comrade Fred Copeman - the Naval Commissar - promised that I'll be able to get some clear shot of her Guy Fawkes Day's maiden voyage.
Workers of the world, unite!
In their generosity, our British comrades allowed our reporter to make a number of airborne shots of RNS Rebecca. The hull's complete, and according to Naval Commissar's annoucement, the ship will enter service in March 1936.
Rebecca just after launching