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City under siege : the Berlin blockade and airlift, 1948-1949 / Michael D. Haydock.

By: Haydock, Michael D.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Washington : Brassey's, c1999Edition: First edition.Description: xiv, 321 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1574881426.Subject(s): Berlin (Germany) -- History -- Blockade, 1948-1949 | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1953 | United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union | Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1949DDC classification:
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At the close of World War II, the Soviet Union controlled all of eastern Germany except the Allied sectors of Berlin. In June 1948, Soviet authorities halted all rail traffic between the city and the outside world, resulting in a massive supply airlift by American and British air forces. By focusing on the experiences of airmen, politicians and ordinary Berliners, the author tells the story of this aviation and logistical accomplishment that has had lasting geopolitical significance.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-307) and index.


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As Haydock (Empire State Coll.) details in this solid work, the end of World War II brought the division of Germany among the United States, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union. The Western Allies, convinced that Europe's best chance for recovery was to get Germany back to a solid economy, worked to develop their sectors of Germany and Berlin, while the Soviets stripped their own sector of machinery and human resources. Determined to drive the West out of Berlin, the Soviets began a campaign of harassment, unlawful arrests, kidnapping, and murder. Finally, they shut Berlin off from the rest of the country. The Allies, led by the United States, mobilized an airlift to supply 4500 tons of supplies a day to the beleaguered city. As the world watched, Berliners survived on the airlifted assistance and proved their determination to fight communism. Finally, the Soviets lifted the blockade and prepared for the next stage-the Berlin Wall. Haydock presents the political and military situation in postwar Europe in a clear, workmanlike style. A good resource for public and academic libraries.ÄGrant A. Fredericksen, Illinois Prairie Dist. P.L., Metamora (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.