In Berlin, May 8, small groups of East Berliners crossed the sector border at the Brandenburg Gate to lay wreaths at the Russian War Memorial, just inside West Berlin, in commemoration of the end of World War Two.
LV PAN..procession towards memorial in West Berlin.
SV Wreath bearers up steps - lay wreath.
SV REVERSE ANGLE..more wreaths laid.
CU Members of party look on.
CU Wreaths (two shots)
SCU Women of party.
GV PAN DOWN..memorial.
MV Wreath pan to soldiers along parapet.
SV Soldiers along parapet.
LV Memorial gate in East Berlin.
SV Inscription on top arch.
CU Soldier on guard.
MV Russian General out of car with others.
GV Russian troops slow march with wreaths.
CV Soldiers and Ministers follow.
CU Two soldiers.
MV Officer lays wreath and salutes.
CU Another wreath.
GTV..procession with wreaths.
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Background: In Berlin, May 8, small groups of East Berliners crossed the sector border at the Brandenburg Gate to lay wreaths at the Russian War Memorial, just inside West Berlin, in commemoration of the end of World War Two.
A similar ceremony, this time with military pomp and circumstance, was held in East Berlin where Russian officers and troops joined representatives of the East German regime.
A telegram sent by Prime Minister Khrushchev and President Brezhnev to the East German Government - on the occasion of the 16th anniversary of the "day of liberation" - expressed the hope that the Communist effort for a peace treaty with Germany and for making West Berlin a "free city" would soon lead to "positive results".
General Yakubovsky, supreme commander of the Soviet troops in East Germany, used the same occasion to attack the West German Government. In a newspaper article he reiterated Communist charges that West Germany was a hotbed of war and assured readers that the Soviet Union was doing everything to bring about a relaxation of tension. It was part of these efforts, he explained, to have the best possible defence forces with the most modern arms.