• Short Summary

    EAST GERMAN SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN TOILING TODAY (WEDNESDAY) REPAIRING THE BERLIN WALL IN THE PRESENCE OF ARMED BORDER GUARDS.

  • Description

    EAST GERMAN SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN TOILING TODAY (WEDNESDAY) REPAIRING THE BERLIN WALL IN THE PRESENCE OF ARMED BORDER GUARDS.THEIR LABOUR UNDERLIES THE WALL'S PERMANENCY AS PART OF THE BERLIN LANDSCAPE.

    TODAY'S RECONSTRUCTION WAS NOT BROUGHT ABOUT THROUGH ACTS OF SABOTAGE.IT WAS CARRIED OUT TO STRENGTHEN A WEAK SECTION.THE LOOSELY PILED CONCRETE SLABS, VULNERABLE UNDER PRESSURE, ARE BEING BROKEN UP AND REPLACED BY HUGE BLOCKS.THE NEW DEFENCES WOULD DAUNT MARAUDING TANKS.

    THE BERLIN WALL IS NOW OVER TWO YEARS OLD AND STRETCHES FOR 27 MILES BETWEEN THE TWO SECTORS OF THE CITY.IT IS NO LONGER A MAKESHIFT ARRANGEMENT AND AT VARIOUS POINTS IS UP TO SEVEN FEET THICK.IT'S TOPPED BY BARBED WIRE AND BROKEN GLASS.ALONG IT ARE CONCRETE PILLBOXES, FOXHOLES, STEEL-RAIL TANK TRAPS AND WATCH-TOWERS.

    SINCE IT WAS BUILT IN AUGUST, 1961, AN ESTIMATED 65 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SHOT DOWN WHILE ATTEMPTING TO FLEE TO THE WESTERN SECTOR.IN THE SAME PERIOD MORE THAN 1,500 WERE RECAPTURED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9CUFO8JVP37886BIO0KDOPDIM
    Media URN:
    VLVA9CUFO8JVP37886BIO0KDOPDIM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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