History

After World War II, the Allies separated Germany into four different regions. The soviets received the eastern part, while the United States, France, and England received the western part.

They also separated Berlin into four different regions.

Berlin was surrounded by the Soviet-controlled eastern Germany. The citizens of Berlin in the US, French, and English controlled areas relied on the supplies provided by the outside world. On June 18, 1948, the Soviets created a blockade, barring any car, ship, or train from coming into East Germany. The Soviets could do this by not breaking any agreements with the other countries because land travel had never been negotiated. This was not the same for air travel, however. The Soviets had agreed, previously, that three, twenty-mile-wide air corridors would be accessible to Berlin. Also, normally cargo planes were unarmed, so the Soviets could not say that they were a military threat. The Soviets would either have to shoot down the unarmed planes and break their agreement, or let the planes fly by and deliver their goods. So, by July 1, 1948, only 13 days after the blockade began, the United States, France, England, and Canada started the Berlin Airlift.

ger/101/2013/fall/history.txt · Last modified: 2013/11/12 10:44 by nolache
 
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