Lieutenant-General Woronzow, Chief of Staff of Soviet forces in Germany, informed the heads of British, United States and French missions in Potsdam, East Germany, Mar 14, that inter-zonal passes issued before Jan 29 would be valid without alteration.
GV. PAN. Soviet Mission Compound at Bunde.
MV. Soviet notice-board behind wire netting.
CU. Board 'Soviet Commander-in-Chief's Liaison Mission BAOR'.
GV. Buildings behind wire.
LV. Soviet flag.
SV. Buildings behind wire.
SV. Russian officer enters building.
CU. Board 'British Liaison Office to Soviet Commander-in-Chief's Mission'.
SV. British radio-equipped car starts off on patrol as another British car passes in BG.
FOLLOW SHOT... Of military police car on patrol.
SV. Patrol car up to and away from camera down road.
SV. Car round a corner.
SV. Patrol car halted by signpost for Herford and Osnabruck.
Hand on radio receiver in car.
CU. British patrol take telephone information.
MV. Patrol car prepares to move off.
GV. PAN. Car rounds island and off down road.
FOLLOW SHOT... Car en route.
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Background: Lieutenant-General Woronzow, Chief of Staff of Soviet forces in Germany, informed the heads of British, United States and French missions in Potsdam, East Germany, Mar 14, that inter-zonal passes issued before Jan 29 would be valid without alteration. A Mar 11 order by the British Commander-in-Chief, restricting the travel of Soviet military mission members in Bunde, West Germany, was then promptly rescinded.
On Jan 29 the western military missions in Potsdam, East Germany were issued with new passes referring to the "German Democratic Republic" instead of the "Soviet Occupied Zone of Germany". The Western allied ordered their missions not to accept the new passes. As a result they were practically restricted to their residences in Potsdam.
Mar 11 the British Commander-in-Chief in the British Occupied zone issued an order restricting travel of Soviet military mission members at Bunde to a radius of ten miles. Radio equipped cars, manned by British Army Military Police, patrolled the area.
The official East German News Agency said the Soviet climb-down was in accordance with the expressed wishes of Soviet Premier Krushchev that nothing should disturb the international atmosphere before the May 16 "Summit" conference.