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The June 24, 1948 To May 12, 1949 Blockade Of West Berlin By The Soviet Union And Triumphal Berlin Airlift By The Allies That Ended It, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #BerlinBlockade #BerlinAirlift #ColdWar #Berlin #WestBerlin #BerlinHistory #HistoryOfBerlin #AirPower #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
THE EAGLE AND THE BEAR: THE BERLIN AIRLIFT (24 Min., Color and Black & White)
An excellent installment of the 1988-1989 A&E cable network TV series documenting in audio/visual format the history of the Russian blockade of West Berlin from road, rail and waterway access by the outside world generally and the Allied nations of America, Great Britain and France particularly, generously supplemented with interviews conducted forty years later with those who had first hand involvement with the crisis, and chronologically guiding the viewer through the events that brought the unprecedented airlift into being, sustained it and help garnered its success.
BERLIN AIRLFT (Black and White, 11 Minutes)
A 1949 British Government Public Information Film on how Great Britain did her part in great measure in helping to keep West Berlin free during the Russian blockade.
NEWSREELS (8 Min., Black & White)
Universal News Reel: Berlin Siege_ Gen_ Clay Returns To Report On Red Crisis, 1948-07-22 | Universal News Reel: Clay speaks on Berlin Airlift,1948-10-21 | Universal News Reel: Berlin Airlift increased, 1948-10-25 | Warner Newsreel 1949: Berlin Airlift Anniversary Celebration
The Berlin Blockade (June 24, 1948 – May 12, 1949) was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. During the multinational occupation of post–World War II Germany, the Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies' railway, road, and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control. The Soviets offered to drop the blockade if the Western Allies withdrew the newly introduced Deutsche Mark from West Berlin. Two days later the Western Allies responded with the Berlin Airlift, also known as Berliner Luftbrücke (German: "Berlin Air Bridge"), which lasted until September 30, 1949, to carry supplies to the people of West Berlin, a difficult feat given the size of the city's population. Aircrews from the United States Air Force, the British Royal Air Force, the French Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the South African Air Force flew over 200,000 flights in one year, providing to the West Berliners up to 8,893 tons of necessities each day, such as fuel and food. A plane landed in Berlin every minute from eleven Allied staging areas in West Germany. The Soviets did not disrupt the airlift for fear this might lead to open conflict. By the spring of 1949, the airlift was clearly succeeding, and by April it was delivering more cargo than had previously been transported into the city by rail. On May 12, 1949, the USSR lifted the blockade of West Berlin. During the Berlin Airlift, American and British planes flew about 278,000 flights, delivering 2.3 million tons of food, coal and medical supplies. The Berlin Blockade served to highlight the competing ideological and economic visions for postwar Europe.