City Under Siege: The Berlin Blockade and Airlift, 1948-1949

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At the close of World War II, the Soviet Union controlled all of eastern Germany with the exception of the American, British, and French sectors of Berlin. In June 1948, Soviet authorities halted the West's land access to the city, apparently dooming the inhabitants of its Western sectors to starvation. Would half of Berlin remain free and democratic, or would it succumb to Stalin's stranglehold? American and British planes immediately began a massive airlift that would last for fifteen months. Flying 276,926 dangerous missions, often in bad weather, and bringing in 2.3 million tons of food and coal, the legendary Berlin Airlift cost the lives of 75 U.S. and British airmen but saved the besieged enclave. Focusing on the experience of airmen, politicians, and ordinary citizens, historian Michael D. Haydock tells the human story of a spectacular aviation and logistical accomplishment that has had lasting geopolitical significance.
 

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Michael D. Haydock holds a degree in history and political science from the University of the State of New York and recently retired from public service. He now works as a consultant and freelance writer and serves on the faculty of Empire State College. He is a frequent contributer to American History, Military History and VFW Magazine, and his articles have appeared in Air Force Times, Army Times, American Heritage of Invention & Technology, Buffalo Spree, the Bermuda Maritime Museum Quarterly, Confrontation, Wild West and World War II. He has written and aided in the production of several documentaries for the History Channel. He lives in upstate New York.

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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.AGrant A. Fredericksen, Illinois Prairie Dist. P.L., Metamora
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