A short narrated film of JFK’s visit to West Germany and West Berlin on June 25 and 26, 1963.
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Date: June 25, 1963
Original Title: PRESIDENT KENNEDY VISITS GERMANY, 06/25/1963 - 06/26/1963
Film Type: Color / Sound
Credit: U.S. Air Force
Archival Source: National Archives / 342-USAF / 342-USAF-35564B
Transcript / Shot List
Film documents President John F. Kennedy's visit to West Germany showing review of troops at USA Fliegerhorst Kaserne Post, Hanau; motorcade on parade route; attending reception at Kurhaus; inspection of aircraft and crews, and his departure by VC-l37C at Wiesbaden AB. Reel 1: PRESIDENT KENNEDY VISITS GERMANY. 14' LS of large insignia erected in back of troops on parade ground. 20' LS's high angle of 21-gun salute--USAFE band playing in fg. Intercut with MS RV of Brig Gen Chester V. Clifton (USA); Gen Truman H. Landon, CinC USAFE; Gen paul L. Freeman, Jr., CinC USAREUR and Pres Kennedy at attention on review platform--commander of troops and color guard in bg at USA Fliegerhorst Kaserne Post, Hanau. 41' LS high angle of color guard. 43' LS & MS's including high angle of Pres Kennedy and USA lieutenant colonel followed by Gen Landon and Gen Freeman (USA) trooping the line and returning to review platform--intercut with spectators. 90' LS & MS high angle of Pres Kennedy, Gen landon and Gen Freeman (USA) mounting review stand--among high ranking military and civilian dignitaries are Secy of State Dean Rusk, Ludwig Erhard and Supreme Allied Commander in Europe Gen Lyman L. Lemnitzer. 99' LS of crowd gathered behind fence. 103' LS high angle of Pres Kennedy and party in open cars starting to inspect troops and equipment at USA Fliegerhorst Kaserne Post. 120' LS mass of people gathered to see Pres Kennedy at Wiesbaden. 126' MS's & MLS of Gen Landon waiting on lawn of General von Steuben Hotel and greeting Pres Kennedy after alighting from USA VH-3A--among VIP's with the President are Secy of State Rusk and Ludwig Erhard. Also shows a major taking movies of the event. 177' MS's of crowd breaking through human chain barrier; Pres Kennedy and party going to car; President getting in car with Erhard; crowd waving miniature US and West German flags and scenes of crowd behind roped-off area. 203' MLS's of Pres Kennedy and Erhard standing in open car, escorted by West German motorcycle police along parade route. 241' LS of Kurhaus (Casino)--crowd in fg. 246' MS high angle of Pres Kennedy mingling with guests at the reception in Kurhaus--Gen Landon is at the President's side. 252' MS sign between posts: HEADQUARTERS 7101ST AIR BASE WG-WIESBADEN AIR BASE with directional arrow to the left. 257' LS & MS of Pres Kennedy's motorcade, escorted by West German motorcycle police arriving at Wiesbaden AB and inspecting static aircraft display including crews--shows KB-50J, RF-lOl, F-lOl, F-102, F-lO5D and RB-66. 296' MS high angle part of USAFE band--spectators in bg. 299' MLS of Pres Kennedy with Gen Landon walking from behind honor guard and waving to military personnel and civilians behind roped-off area. 307' MCU low angle & MS high angle of honor guard commander, Lt Charles R. Jones, saluting and Pres Kennedy shaking hands with him. 318' MLS & LS high angle of Pres Kennedy, escorted by Gen Landon between row of USAF honor guards, and walking toward rear door of VC-l37C. 333' MS FV of color guard. 336' MS SV of VC-l37C taxiing left at Wiesbaden AB. 350' LS to MLS to LS pan left with VC-l37C in climb just after takeoff.