• Short Summary

    THREE UNITED STATES TANKS AND FOUR ARMOURED, TROOP CARRIERS WERE LINED UP AT THE FRIEDRICHSTRASSE CHECKPOINT ON THE EAST-WEST BERLIN BORDER, AUG. 30, READY TO GO TO THE RESCUE OF AN AMERICAN ARMY VEHICLE DETAINED BY THE EAST BERLIN PEOPLE'S POLICE.

  • Description

    THREE UNITED STATES TANKS AND FOUR ARMOURED, TROOP CARRIERS WERE LINED UP AT THE FRIEDRICHSTRASSE CHECKPOINT ON THE EAST-WEST BERLIN BORDER, AUG. 30, READY TO GO TO THE RESCUE OF AN AMERICAN ARMY VEHICLE DETAINED BY THE EAST BERLIN PEOPLE'S POLICE.

    THE ARMY VEHICLE THAT STARTED THE EMERGENCY ACTION - CARRYING AN AMERICAN CAPTAIN AND THREE SERGEANTS ON A ROUTINE TOUR OF EAST BERLIN - WAS STOPPED BY AN EAST BERLIN POLICE PATROL WHO SHATTERED ONE OF THE CAR'S WINDOWS WITH A TRUNCHEON. THE AMERICAN OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE VEHICLE REFUSED TO DEAL WITH THE EAST GERMAN POLICE AND DEMANDED THAT A RUSSIAN OFFICER BE SUMMONED TO THE SCENE.

    AMERICAN REINFORCEMENTS WERE BROUGHT TO THE BORDER AFTER THE CAR'S OCCUPANTS CONTACTED THEIR HEADQUARTERS IN WEST BERLIN OVER THE RADIO-TELEPHONE EQUIPMENT INSTALLED IN ALL AMERICAN VEHICLES THAT ENTER EAST BERLIN.

    AFTER MORE THAN AN HOUR'S DELAY - DURING WHICH POLICE ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE BORDER WERE REINFORCED BY A RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLE - THE DETAINED AMERICAN CAR WAS RELEASED ON RUSSIAN ORDERS AND THE ARMOURED GROUP WAS WITHDRAWN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEGTFLZQTU0I8LWEMI0XZ1ST8L
    Media URN:
    VLVAEGTFLZQTU0I8LWEMI0XZ1ST8L
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/08/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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