The Blockade Breakers: The Berlin Airlift (BOK)

Helena P. Schrader

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On 24 June 1948 the Soviet Union abruptly closed all land and water access to the Western Sectors of Berlin. Over 2 million civilians, dependent on the surrounding territory and the West for food, fuel, and other basic goods, were suddenly cut off from all necessities of life. The Western Allies had the option of withdrawing their garrisons and allowing the Soviet Union to take control of the entire of city, or of trying to supply the city by air. Never in history had 2 million people been supplied exclusively by air before. None of the senior military commanders believed it could be done. But the political leadership in London and Washington insisted that it must be done. A withdrawal from Berlin would discredit the West at a critical moment in history, when the Soviet Union was expanding aggressively across Europe. Worse, it would endanger the political stability and economic recovery of all of Europe. So the largest and most ambitious Airlift in history was set in motion. It began without the West really knowing what the Berliners needed in order to survive - much less how much those supplies weighed. It was launched despite a lack of airlift expertise in theatre or a unified command structure, an almost complete absence of aircraft and aircrew resources in Germany and serious inadequacies in airfields and air traffic control. But once it was took wing, it flew and turned into something that not even its originators and advocators had ever imagined or expected.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2010 Forfatter Helena P. Schrader
Forlag
The History Press
ISBN 9780752456003
Antall sider 320 Dimensjoner 12,5cm x 19,8cm x 3,2cm
Vekt 349 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form European history, Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000