Berlin Airlift

The Cold War

Europe 1948.0801

Berlin Airlift

The Cold War in Europe (1 August 1948)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

From 1947, the Western Allies began to economically and politically merge their zones in Germany. In response, the Soviets cut off land and water access to Berlin from the west. However, the Western Allies were able to save Berlin from being starved into surrender by providing to all the city's needs through airlifts. Unwilling to start a war by shooting down the supply aircraft, the Soviets were forced to back down.

Main Events

U.S. Congress passes Marshall Aid Act, contributing $5.3 billion for European recovery

Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC) set up in Paris to administer Marshall Plan (fore runner of OECD)

David Ben-Gurion declares independence of Israel

Soviet Union stop land and water communications between Berlin and the West

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