Translated from the French by Dr. Amanda Weimer, Jennifer Halpern and Brewer Thompson.
(Editor’s note: The original of this article was commissioned by NATO in July 1961 but was never formally published. NATO offered this to us for publication in response to our call for new material. Working from the draft manuscript and handwritten notes of the author, we have tried to keep the author’s original voice intact, especially in his use of idiom. The photos accompanying the text were chosen by the editors and were taken from the authors original set of 716 photos to illustrate the text captions found at the end of the manuscript.)
CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) motion picture covering President John F. Kennedy's radio and television address to the American people regarding the impending possibility of war between the United States and the Soviet Union (USSR) over the crisis in Berlin, Germany. See "Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, John F. Kennedy, 1961: Item 302." The President delivers the remarks from the Oval Office, White House, Washington, D.C.