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The Berlin Blockade & Airlift

The Cold War - 1947 - 1991

The Berlin Blockade & Airlift of June 24, 1948 until May 12, 1949 was the first major confrontation of the Cold War between The West and Soviet aggression.  Thirty-one American airmen lost their lives during the successful effort to airlift food, medicine, and other essentials to the people of West Berlin after the Soviets cutoff railway, canal, and road access to the city in a blatant attempt to seize control.  The airlift signaled western commitment to the ideals of democracy.  Over 200,000 flights by United States and British Air Forces during the year provided up to 4700 tons of food and fuel each day when the Soviets finally capitulated.