• Short Summary

    IN THIS FILM, A CZECH NEWSREEL CAMERAMAN CAPTURED THE DRAMATIC SCENES IN THE EARLY HOURS OF AUGUST 21ST AS RUSSIAN TANKS RUMBLED INTO THE STREETS OF PRAGUE.

  • Description

    IN THIS FILM, A CZECH NEWSREEL CAMERAMAN CAPTURED THE DRAMATIC SCENES IN THE EARLY HOURS OF AUGUST 21ST AS RUSSIAN TANKS RUMBLED INTO THE STREETS OF PRAGUE. THE FILM, WHICH FOUND ITS WAY TO THE WEST VIA AUSTRIA TODAY (SUNDAY), WAS TAKEN BETWEEN 3.00 A.M. AND 4.00 A.M. AND SHOWS THE SHOCKED REACTIONS OF PRAGUE CITIZENS AS THEY AWOKE TO FIND THE TANKS IN THEIR CITY'S STREETS, WITHOUT WARNING.

    THE FIRST NEWS OF THE WARSAW PACT TROOPS ENTERING THE CITY REACHED PRESIDENT SVOBODA AT THE OFFICES OF THE CENTRAL COMMUNIST PARTY WHERE HE WAS MEETING WITH OTHER PARTY LEADERS TO PREPARE FOR THE 14TH PARTY CONGRESS, WHICH WAS DUE TO OPEN IN PRAGUE ON SEPTEMBER 9. AT 3.00 A.M., HE LEFT THE BUILDING AND WENT, BY CAR, TO PRAGUE CASTLE. FROM WORKING ROOMS IN THE CASTLE, THE PRESIDENT WATCHED FORCES FIVE OF HIS COUNTRY'S ALLIES TAKE UP STRATEGIC POSITIONS THROUGHOUT THE CITY, THEIR TANK GUNS COVERING ALL AVENUES OF ENTRY.

    WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR, FOLLOWING REPORTS BROADCAST OVER PRAGUE RADIO, SHOCKED CITIZENS CROWDED INTO THE STREETS AND THE FIRST DEMONSTRATIONS HAD BEGUN BEFORE THE TROOPS HAD TAKEN UP FINAL POSITIONS. CZECH STUDENTS, BRANDISHING THEIR NATIONAL FLAG, FOLLOWED THE TANKS THROUGH THE STREETS ON LORRIES.

    FROM THE NEARBY COUNTY AREAS, CIVILIANS IN PRIVATE CARS JOINED THE LONG CONVOYS OF MILITARY VEHICLES AND RACED THROUGH THE STREETS OF PRAGUE, TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES WHAT HAD HAPPENED.

    THE CZECH COMMENTARY ON THE FILM SAYS THAT THE WARSAW PACT COUNTRIES SENT TROOPS INTO PRAGUE "TO SAVE THE FREEDOM AGAINST THE COUNTER-REVOLUTIONARIES." IT ADDED THAT SOLDIERS OF THE BROTHER STATES "DON'T LIKE TO INTERFERE WITH THE AFFAIRS OF A BROTHER NATION."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3LGIJZPL1AH3B9DRLK0OTPVBR
    Media URN:
    VLVA3LGIJZPL1AH3B9DRLK0OTPVBR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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