AR-App for tank confrontation at Checkpoint Charlie in 1961

Experience the tank confrontation at Checkpoint Charlie in AR at home!


60 years after the construction of the Wall, which divided Germany for 28 years, the Berlin Wall Foundation and shoutr labs present an augmented reality app about the tank confrontation at Checkpoint Charlie in 1961.

In October 1961, a few months after the construction of the Berlin Wall, U.S. and Soviet tanks faced each other at the Allied Checkpoint Charlie and the GDR border crossing at Friedrichstraße. The pictures of  tanks in the middle of the divided city of Berlin go around the world at the time. The app “Cold War Berlin” brings these images back to life and lets you immerse yourself in the history of the Cold War with your smartphone. In Augmented Reality (AR) you can bring the Checkpoint Charlie from 1961 to your home in 3D. 

The events of the tank confrontation have been researched in detail using historical sources from East and West. The 3D modeled scenes are based on the information thus obtained. How the events were interpreted and portrayed in East and West is conveyed by the integrated historical photos, film and radio reports. AR makes it possible to not only reveal the role of the media in political events, but also the construction of historical images. 

You can use the shoutr labs.App to independently explore the situation at the Friedrichstrasse/Zimmerstrasse border crossing from the construction of the Wall to the confrontation of the tanks from two angles. The app is available in German and English in the Apple and Google Play stores.