• Short Summary

    THE EAST GERMAN AUTHORITIES HAVE BEGUN CONSTRUCTING A NEW TYPE OF BORDER BARRIER AROUND WEST BERLIN.

  • Description

    THE EAST GERMAN AUTHORITIES HAVE BEGUN CONSTRUCTING A NEW TYPE OF BORDER BARRIER AROUND WEST BERLIN. IT WAS NOTED EARLIER THIS WEEK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AN AREA ON WEST BERLIN'S SOUTH-WESTERN OUTSKIRTS WHERE IT HAS REPLACED BARBED WIRE, WALL AND ANTI-TANK OBSTACLE FORTIFICATIONS.

    THE EAST GERMANS ARE REPORTED TO HAVE TERMED THESE NEW FORTIFICATIONS THE 'MODERN BORDER'. IT IS THOUGH THAT IT WILL EVENTUALLY EXTENDED ALONG THE ENTIRE 97 MILES (160 KMS) OF WEST BERLIN WITH EASTERN GERMANY.

    THESE NEW FORTIFICATIONS CONSIST OF A CLEARED STRIP OF 550 YARDS (500 METRES) WHICH IS TO BE LIT DURING THE NIGHT. BACKING ON TO THE CLEARED STRIP IS A DITCH SEVERAL METRES DEEP AND WHICH FEATURES A STEEP WALL FACED WITH CONCRETE SLOPING TOWARDS THE EASTERN SECTOR. THE HEIGHT AND THE GRADIENT ARE CLAIMED TO BE TOO STEEP FOR PEOPLE TO CLIMB UP AND FOR TANKS TO RIDE DOWN.

    BEYOND THE FORTIFICATIONS IS A ZONE ONE MILE DEEP, THE 'SPERRZONE' (RESTRICTED AREA) WHERE ONLY AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER. THE FORTIFICATIONS ARE VISIBLE FROM ONLY ONE POINT AT PRESENT -- A SPOT NEAR KOHLHASENBRUECK, WHERE THE DEMARCATION LINE BENDS AND ALLOWS THE FORTIFICATION TO BE SEEN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADBTDARKH2MX2T4NFGFVBS7QQ7
    Media URN:
    VLVADBTDARKH2MX2T4NFGFVBS7QQ7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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