• Short Summary

    THE EAST GERMAN REGIME SEALED OFF THE EAST-WEST BERLIN CITY BORDER AUGUST 13 IN THE MOST SERIOUS DEVELOPMENT YET IN THE GROWING CRISIS OVER BERLIN.

  • Description

    1.
    GV PAN..POTSDAMER SQUARE.
    0.06

    2.
    LV EAST GERMAN POLICE CONTROL PEDESTRIANS.
    0.10

    3.
    LV PAN..ERECTING BARBED WIRE POST.
    0.15

    4.
    CU DITTO.
    0.19

    5.
    CU PAN..SIGN:. POTSDAMER PLATZ, PAN DOWN TO ENGLISH MILITARY POLICE.
    0.27

    6.
    SCU WEST BERLIN POLICEMAN.
    0.29

    7.
    SV AERIAL RAISED ON POLICE WAGON.
    0.34

    8.
    CU TO LV PAN..SIGN: "YOU ARE NOW LEAVING BRITISH SECTOR" PAN TO INVALID STREET.
    0.40

    9.
    LV BARBED WIRE ACROSS INVALID STREET.
    0.44

    10.
    LV BOUNDARY STATION OF GESUNDBRUWNEN.
    0.45

    11.
    TOP V PAN..PLATFORM AND RAILWAY TRACKS AT STATION.
    0.51

    12.
    GV PAN..CROWD ON EAST BERLIN SIDE OF WIRE, MOVED BACK BY POLICE.
    1.02

    13.
    LV PAN. EAST BERLIN POLICE PATROL BARBED WIRE.
    1.06



    Initials PGR/S/WS/PB


    EDITORS: PROD NOS 5881/61 AND 5913/61 ALSO REFER.

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    Background: THE EAST GERMAN REGIME SEALED OFF THE EAST-WEST BERLIN CITY BORDER AUGUST 13 IN THE MOST SERIOUS DEVELOPMENT YET IN THE GROWING CRISIS OVER BERLIN. THE CLAMP DOWN PLACED WEST BERLIN OFF-LIMITS TO ALL EAST GERMANS, THUS HALTING THE MASS EXODUS OF EAST GERMAN REFUGEES INTO WEST BERLIN. THE 53,000 EAST GERMANS WHO WORKED IN THE WESTERN SECTOR OF THE CITY WERE ORDERED TO QUIT THEIR JOBS AND WORK IN THE EAST.

    THE BAN WAS ENFORCED BY HALTING ALL THROUGH TRAIN TRAFFIC, ERECTING BARBED WIRE BARRIERS ON THE EAST-WEST CITY BORDER AND REDUCING THE BORDER CROSSING POINTS FROM 80 TO 13. EAST GERMAN POLICE SET UP MACHINE-GUN NESTS ALONG THE BORDER AT THE BRANDENBURG GATE AND EAST GERMAN MILITIA WITH SOVIET TANKS IN RESERVE TOOK UP STRATEGIC POSITIONS.

    MEANWHILE, THE WESTERN POWERS WERE PREPARING AUG 14 A JOINT PROTEST TO RUSSIA AGAINST CLOSING OF THE CITY BORDER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4PD9ZGRD2284XRIAWYPJFASSA
    Media URN:
    VLVA4PD9ZGRD2284XRIAWYPJFASSA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/08/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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