Berlin Airlift

Berlin Airlift
   Following the imposition of a land blockade on Berlin by the Soviet Union in April 1948, the United States and Great Britain began to fly in food, fuel, and other necessities to sustain the population in the Allied sectors of the city. The blockade was finally lifted at the end of September 1949, by which time the Allies had flown in more than 2 million tons of supplies in Operation Vittles. In maintaining their control in West Berlin the Allies had won a major victory in the newly begun Cold War.

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