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    THE AMERICAN COMMAND IN BERLIN WAS PUT ON ALERT AS U.S. TANKS RUSHED TO THE?

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    THE AMERICAN COMMAND IN BERLIN WAS PUT ON ALERT AS U.S. TANKS RUSHED TO THE FRIEDRICHSTRASSE BORDER CHECKPOINT FOR THE SECOND TIME ON OCT 27. THE TANKS, WHICH HAD EARLIER STOOD BY AS AMERICAN CIVILIANS UNDER ARMED ESCORT ENTERED THE EASTERN SECTOR TO UPHOLD THEIR ACCESS RIGHTS, RETURNED TO THE BOUNDARY WHEN RUSSIAN TANKS WERE BROUGHT UP ON THE EASTERN SIDE.

    BEWILDERED GERMAN CIVILIANS WATCHED FROM THEIR WINDOWS AS THE HEAVY VEHICLES RUMBLED PAST, POLICE DIVERTED TRAFFIC, AND ARMED AMERICAN TROOPS HURRIED TO THE CHECKPOINT TO TAKE UP POSITION AT THE BORDER. RUSSIAN AND AMERICAN TANKS FACED EACH OTHER OVER A DISTANCE OF 200 YARDS.

    A CROWD OF WEST BERLINERS JEERED WHEN A SOVIET ARMY BUS WITH RUSSIAN SOLDIERS DROVE SLOWLY THROUGH THE AMERICAN TANKS INTO WEST BERLIN ON ITS WAY TO THE SPANDAU PRISON.

    AT DAWN, OCT 28, THE TANKS WERE STILL IN POSITION, POINTING THEIR GUNS AT EACH OF THE RECROSS THE SECTOR BOUNDARY. THE RUSSIAN TANKS WERE DRAWN UP BEHIND A ROW OF MASTS FLYING THE EAST GERMAN FLAG-BLACK, READ AND GOLD, WITH A HAMMER AND COMPASSES EMBLEM IN THE CENTRE. THE SITUATION REMAINED STATIC THROUGHOUT HE EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING.

    WHILE RUSSIAN PERSONNEL REMAINED STANDING IMMOBILE IN THEIR TANK TURRETS, THE AMERICAN SLOWLY RELAXED. THEY PASSED THE TIME SMOKING AND TALKING TO WEST BERLIN POLICE, SOME EVEN MADE FRIENDS WITH A STRAY DOG. WEST BERLINERS TOOK THINGS IN THEIR STRIDE, GATHERING IN SMALL GROUPS TO WATCH THE OPPOSING FORCES. A ROAD SWEEPER MADE HIS LEISURELY WAY AROUND THE PARKED VEHICLES.

    THEN THE RUSSIAN TANKS SUDDENLY MOVED OFF, AND THE AMERICAN ARMOUR WAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE BORDER SHORTLY AFTERWARDS. BUT SOME TENSION REMAINED, AND ABOUT NOON A FURIOUS CROWD OF WEST BERLINERS MOBBED A RUSSIAN CAR CARRYING OFFICERS AS IT CROSSED INTO WEST BERLIN ON ITS WAY TO INTERNATIONAL AIR SAFETY CENTRE. THE RUSSIANS WERE ESCORTED THROUGH THE CROWD BY U.S. MILITARY POLICE AND WEST BERLIN POLICEMEN.

    LATER, HERR LEMMER, WEST GERMAN MINISTER FOR ALL-GERMAN AFFAIRS, VISITED THE FRIEDRICHSTRASSE CHECKPOINT AND WENT UP TO THE WHITE LIME ON THE ROAD MARKING THE BORDER. WHILE DOZENS OF CAMERAMEN TOOK PHOTOGRAPHS, HE APPEALED TO POLICE AND OFFICERS ON THE EASTERN SIDE NOT TO COMPLICATE THE SITUATION. HE CALLED FOR A PEACEFUL SOLUTION WHICH, HE SAID, MUST BE REACHED BY NEGOTIATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6NSVRBOTP0XD8GMIE8WHOGLDK
    Media URN:
    VLVA6NSVRBOTP0XD8GMIE8WHOGLDK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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