Berlin Blockade and Airlift, June 1948

Posted: December 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

Following post-war accords, the country of Germany was divided into four zones. Along with it, the city of Berlin was also split. Berlin, however, was positioned well within the Soviet segment of the country. Specific air corridors, highways and railways sanctioned the western nation’s admittance to the capital. The crisis emerged once a new currency was established within West Germany; the Soviet Union rejected this in Berlin. In retaliation, the Soviet Union cut off all transport passageways that permitted the West to deliver necessities into West Berlin. Abdication was a consideration of the Allies; however the ‘Domino Theory’ prevented this action from taking place. To reciprocate, the West organized a substantial airlift to provide Berlin with replenishments of essential supplies. Over the course of fifteen months, about 2.5 million citizens were helped; the result or a plane landing every two minutes. Once the Soviets realized their plan had failed, Berlin was agreed to have two disconnect governments. This paved the way for the Allies formation of NATO.

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