Seconds to a new war (2011)
 Tank Standoff at Checkpoint Charlie

Wolfgang Schoen und Frank Gutermuth

The 27th of October 1961- a day the world held itís breath. The 16 hour long drama happened right in the middle of the divided and occupied city of Berlin. American and German tanks confronted each other on alert, ready to fire. Both superpowers were already holding nuclear weapons at that time of history. The documentary reconstructs the dramatic events. The story is told by people personally involved : Three Americans, then young soldiers, sitting in the tanks, the widow of one of the then soviet commanders in charge, a GDR soldier who was standing right on the spot, when the first American tank moved quickly towards him und stopped only a couple of meters in front of him.




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