Dramatic footage of angry crowds facing East German guards as Berlin is divided.
Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.
MS Cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and German Titov on balcony in front of Moscow crowds. CU Section of crowd surging forward. CU Khruschev waving hat to crowd.
CU Young man, a refugee, looking through barbed wire in Berlin as East Germany closes the frontier. Various shots, refugees in tents at Marienfelde, boarding trains with children, at station. LS East German border guard by barbed wire. Various shots, newspaper headlines, including "Os-Berlin ist abgeriegelt", "Blockade uber Ost Berlin verhangt". Various shots, deserted railway station, tracks, signal. Various shots, East German troops on the street with armoured vehicles. Various shots, Russian and East German soldiers digging up the road and building a guard fence. Various shots, Russian, German and British soldiers keeping watch. CU Sign: Potsdamer Platz. LS Overhead sign on metal structure. LS Brandenburg Gate. Troops in wagon. MS Boy sits in front of tank on plinth. Various shots, East German and American guards, consulting maps. Helicopter flies overhead.
Pan along line of East German soldiers lined up with reverse side of Brandenburg Gate along the border between East and West Berlin. Various shots, East German troops around the Gate. German voice addresses crowd through megaphone. Scene of crowds shouting at the frontier guards facing them. Soldiers in Panzers. LS Trouble starts, armoured truck using water across the square. CU Shouting crowd. High shot, Brandenburg Gate. Various shots, a line of soldiers at the frontier. A line of armoured trucks. Various shots, guards. Woman breaks down in front of Russian soldier across the barbed wire frontier. Young man, a refugee, looking out through barbed wire.
Note: A beautifully made West German newsreel film by UFA (UFA-Wochenschau Issue No. 264), with music track and no commentary. Dates mentioned in contemporary paperwork are 13/08/1961 and 17/06/1961.