Category: Berlin Airlift

Categories: European Military History

The Berlin Blockade (24 June 1948 – 12 May 1949) was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. During the multinational occupation of post–World War II Germany, the Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies' railway, road, and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control. The Soviets offered to drop the blockade if the Western Allies withdrew the newly introduced Deutsche mark from West Berlin.

In response, the Western Allies organized the Berlin airlift (26 June 1948 – 30 September 1949) to carry supplies to the people of West Berlin, a difficult feat given the size of the city's population. Aircrews from the United States Air Force, the British Royal Air Force, the French Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the South African Air Forceflew over 200,000 flights in one year, providing to the West Berliners up to 8,893 tons of necessities each day, such as fuel and food. The Soviets did not disrupt the airlift for fear this might lead to open conflict.

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07 Jul 1922 Minco, Grady County, Oklahoma - 07 Mar 2012
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20 Dec 1920 Mount Enterprise, Rusk, Texas, United States - 05 Dec 1948 photo
18 Oct 1922 Stanberry, Gentry County, Missouri - 30 Apr 1984 photo
20 Apr 1930 New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States - 14 Jan 2006
22 Jan 1919 Dodson, Winn Parish, Louisiana, United States - 24 Sep 1973 photo
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