On this day in 1948, food and supplies began being delivered by airplane to the city of Berlin by U.S. and British pilots after the city was isolated by a Soviet Union blockade.
Upon the end of WWII in 1945, a defeated Germany was divided into zones of occupation. The city of Berlin, located within the Soviet zone of Occupation, was also spilt with the Allies, America, Britain and France, occupying the west and the Soviets occupying the east. In June 1948, Stalin’s Soviet government attempted to take control of the entire city by cutting off all land and sea routes to West Berlin, thus forcing the Allied forces to evacuate. Beginning June 24, 1948 the western portion of Berlin was deprived of food, heating fuel and other critical supplies affecting 2 million people.
Though some thought a direct military response was warranted, U.S. President Truman worried such action would … Read more »Continue