• Short Summary

    STEEL-HELMETED AMERICAN MILITARY POLICE WITH MACHINE PISTOLS SURROUNDED THE VILLA OF THE SOVIET MISSION ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF FRANKFURT, WEST GERMANY, MAR 29, TO PREVENT MEMBERS FROM LEAVING EXCEPT UNDER AMERICAN ESCORT.

  • Description

    STEEL-HELMETED AMERICAN MILITARY POLICE WITH MACHINE PISTOLS SURROUNDED THE VILLA OF THE SOVIET MISSION ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF FRANKFURT, WEST GERMANY, MAR 29, TO PREVENT MEMBERS FROM LEAVING EXCEPT UNDER AMERICAN ESCORT.

    A SENTRY WAS POSTED OUTSIDE THE GATE OF THE MISSION COMPOUND, A RADIO VAN PARKED NEARBY, SPECIAL TELEPHONE LINES WENT UP AND A WOODEN HUT WAS ERECTED FOR WHAT APPEARED TO BE A PROLONGED "SIEGE" WHILE FRANKFURT POLICE SEALED OFF CONNECTING STREETS TO MOTOR AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC.

    THE ACTION WAS ORDERED BY GENERAL BRUCE CLARKE, THE UNITED STATES ARMY COMMANDER IN EUROPE, FOLLOWING AN "UNACCEPTABLE ANSWER" FROM MARSHAL KONIEV, RUSSIAN ARMY COMMANDER IN GERMANY, TO A COMPLAINT ABOUT THE EAST GERMAN POLICE SHOOTING AT A CAR OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY MISSION AT POTSDAM. THE INCIDENT OCCURRED NEAR GOTHA, EAST GERMANY, MAR 20.

    U.S. ARMY HEADQUARTERS IN HEIDELBERG ANNOUNCED THAT, FOR THE TIME BEING, THE AMERICAN MISSION AT POTSDAM WOULD UNDER TAKE NO FURTHER TRIPS THROUGH EAST GERMANY. ITS WORK WILL BE RESTRICTED TO MAINTAINING CONTACT WITH THE RUSSIAN ARMY H.Q.

    GENERAL CLARKE PROPOSED DISCUSSION WITH MARSHAL KONIEV AT THE "EARLIEST POSSIBLE MOMENT" TO AVOID A FURTHER WORSENING OF RELATIONS, TO EASE THE RESTRICTIONS AND TO RESTORE NORMAL CONDITIONS. HE EXPLAINED HIS REJECTION OF MARSHAL KONIEV'S REPLY BY SAYING THE RUSSIAN ARMY COMMANDER HAD FAILED TO GUARANTEE THE FUTURE SAFETY OF AMERICAN MISSION MEMBERS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6RTV4RMN3SKF1DBIUOVV9SGEF
    Media URN:
    VLVA6RTV4RMN3SKF1DBIUOVV9SGEF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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