• Short Summary

    ON AUG. 23 - FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE BERLIN WAS DIVIDED AFTER THE WAR - ALLIED TROOPS WERE DEPLOYED ALONG THE BORDER BETWEEN THE WESTERN AND EASTERN SECTORS.

  • Description

    ON AUG. 23 - FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE BERLIN WAS DIVIDED AFTER THE WAR - ALLIED TROOPS WERE DEPLOYED ALONG THE BORDER BETWEEN THE WESTERN AND EASTERN SECTORS.

    A LARGE AREA ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE BRANDENBURG GATE WAS SEALED OFF. BRITISH INFANTRY SET UP CAMP IN THE TIERGARTEN NEAR THE RUSSIAN WAR MEMORIAL AND PATROLLED THE SECTOR BOUNDARY IN GROUPS OF SIX. FRENCH TROOP SIMILARLY PATROLLED STREETS WHERE THEIR SECTOR OF WEST BERLIN ADJOINS THE EAST.

    AT FRIEDRICHSTRASSE, AMERICAN TROOPS PLACED ANTI-TANK GUNS MOUNTED ON JEEPS INTO POSITION. ONE GUN WAS TRAINED ON THE EASTERN SECTOR. FOOT PATROLS WERE IN RADIO COMMUNICATION WITH THEIR BASE.

    THE TROOPS WERE ORDERED TO THE BOUNDARY FOLLOWING EAST GERMAN DEMANDS FOR A 100-YARD WIDE NEUTRALISED STRIP ON EACH SIDE OF THE BORDER. THIS DEMAND WAS PUBLISHED LATE ON AUG. 22, TOGETHER WITH THREE DECREES FURTHER RESTRICTING MOVEMENT BETWEEN WEST AND EAST BERLIN.

    RESTRICTIONS INCLUDE THE REDUCTION OF CROSSING POINTS FROM 12 TO SIX - ONE FOR FOREIGNERS INCLUDING WESTERN ALLIED PERSONNEL, TWO FOR WEST GERMANS, AND THREE FOR WEST BERLINERS. WEST BERLINERS ARE SUPPOSED TO PAY NOMINAL CHARGE FOR A PERMIT TO BE APPLIED FOR IN A WEST BERLIN TRAVEL OFFICE AND TO BE APPROVED BY THE EAST BERLIN PEOPLE'S POLICE. EAST BERLIN CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED TO VISIT WEST BERLIN ONLY WHEN ACCOMPANIED BY THEIR PARENTS - AND THEIR PARENTS DO NOT GET PASSES.

    THE WESTERN COMMANDANTS CONDEMNED THE NEW MEASURES AS "CRUEL AND INHUMAN", AN SAID THEY WERE FURTHER PROOF "THAT THE EAST GERMAN REGIME CANNOT TOLERATE THE MAINTENANCE OF EVEN THE SIMPLEST HUMAN CONTACT BETWEEN FRIENDS AND FAMILIES".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAHKJQX5QEFXNA08DBL3DZXCC5
    Media URN:
    VLVAHKJQX5QEFXNA08DBL3DZXCC5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/08/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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