• Short Summary

    Tanks rumbled through the streets of East Berlin on Wednesday (1 May) as East Germany paraded its military might for Mayday.

  • Description

    Tanks rumbled through the streets of East Berlin on Wednesday (1 May) as East Germany paraded its military might for Mayday.

    Troops goose-stepped to prussian marches and jeeps, tanks and assorted rocketry rumbled down the Karl Marx Alee in the 30-minute military opening to the Mayday celebrations.

    The parade was attended by the Chairman of the Politbureau of East Germany's socialist Unity Party Herr Willi Stoph and the Party's First Secretary, Herr Erich Honecker.

    East Germany has been the only member of the Communist East European Bloc to parade its military hardware on the traditional day of the workers since 1969.

    The Western allies in West Berlin lodged their customary protest on the grounds the at military demonstrations contravene the de-militarised status imposed on Berlin at the end of Wold War II.

    On the other side of the Berlin Wall, Communist party members and supporters staged their own Mayday parade. They marched down Karl Marx Strasse (street) carrying communist banners and flags. The march went off without any incidents.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA97ESJQVY72W6EB0BX8ZX0450Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA97ESJQVY72W6EB0BX8ZX0450Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/05/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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