• Short Summary

    ONE HUNDRED MEN, DRAWN FROM THE ARMED FORCES, THE POLICE AND BOMB DISPOSAL UNITS ARRIVED AT GROSSMITTEL IN LOWER AUSTRIA ON TUESDAY AT THE START OF "ACTION YELLOW CROSS".

  • Description

    ONE HUNDRED MEN, DRAWN FROM THE ARMED FORCES, THE POLICE AND BOMB DISPOSAL UNITS ARRIVED AT GROSSMITTEL IN LOWER AUSTRIA ON TUESDAY AT THE START OF "ACTION YELLOW CROSS". THIS IS A SCHEME TO CLEAR A WIDE AREA MADE DANGEROUS BY GAS GRENADES - BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN BURIED NEAR GROSSMITTEL SOON AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

    SEVERAL OF THE GRENADES HAVE BEEN FOUND RECENTLY NEAR THE SITE OF THE SEARCH AND THIS HAS PROMPTED AUTHORITIES TO MAKE AN ALL-OUT EFFORT TO CLEAR THE AREA.

    THE WORKERS ON THE SITE ARE USING BULLDOZERS TO CLEAR THE SURFACE AND TO HELP IN THE DIGGING. HOWEVER, MUCH OF THE WORK HAS TO BE DONE BY HAND - WITH PICK AND SHOVEL. SPECIAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING HAS BEEN ISSUED, AND THIS IS BEING THOROUGHLY TESTED BEFORE BEING PUT INTO USE.

    SENIOR OFFICERS DIRECTING THE SEARCH HAVE MORE TO THINK ABOUT THAN SOLELY THE PROTECTION OF THE MEN UNDER THEM: THEY MUST NOT WORK WHILE AN EAST WIND IS BLOWING. IF THEY DID THE DANGEROUS GAS THAT MIGHT ESCAPE FROM THE GRENADES WOULD DRIFT DOWN TO THE VILLAGE OF SOLLENAU.

    RED CROSS TEAMS ARE ON THE SITE TOO - AND AS WELL AS PROVIDING MEDICAL SERVICES, THEY ARE SUPPLYING REGULAR HOT WATER TO THE MEN.

    EXPERTS BELIEVE THAT IT MAY BE NEXT WEEK BEFORE ANY OF THE BURIED GRENADES ARE UNEARTHED.....

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAP31FLZWERJ23T09R8BX7TDYJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAAP31FLZWERJ23T09R8BX7TDYJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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