Tank standoff. Berlin 1961
On October 27, 1961, at the border of the American and Soviet sectors in Berlin, the most serious conflict arose, known in Western historiography as the “incident at Checkpoint Charlie”: American forces launched an operation to destroy the border barriers that divided Berlin. A convoy of American military equipment moved to the checkpoint. Three jeeps were ahead, behind them were bulldozers, they were closing the convoy of 10 tanks. After the jeeps passed the checkpoint without hindrance, Soviet tanks got out of the surrounding streets. Bulldozers were blocked in western territory. All night Soviet and American tanks stood with guns pointed at each other at a distance of a few meters.
The parties conducted closed negotiations. By morning, on command from Moscow, Soviet troops returned to the adjacent streets. Half an hour later, American tanks and bulldozers also retreated. None of the parties decided to transfer the conflict to the “hot stage”.