The Berlin Airlift: First Battle of the Cold War (1998)

History of the 1948-1949 Berlin airlift.



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Samuel Burgess ...
Himself (U.S. Air Force Pilot)
Eugene Garges ...
Himself (U.S. Air Force Pilot)
Gail Halvorsen ...
Himself (U.S. Air Force Pilot)
Michael Haydock ...
Himself (Author)
Thomas Key ...
Himself (U.S. Navy Pilot)
Manfred Knopf ...
Himself (Berlin Resident)
Christa Long ...
Herself (Berlin Resident)
Earl Moore ...
Himself (U.S. Navy Pilot)
William Morrissey ...
Himself (USAF Air Traffic Controller)
Gerald Munn ...
Himself (U.S. Air Force Pilot)
Tony Ridge ...
Himself (Royal Air Force Pilot)
Joseph Studak ...
Himself (U.S. Air Force Pilot)
Lothar Zeidler ...
Himself (Berlin Resident)


This documentary is a detailed history, containing many personal recollections and eyewitness accounts, of the massive humanitarian, military, and political effort known as the Berlin Airlift. After World War II ended in 1945, the four major Allied powers (American, Britain, France, and the Soviet Union) partitioned Nazi Germany into four zones. Germany's capital city Berlin, located deep in the Soviet sector (later East Germany), was also partitioned into four zones. Policy disagreements and conflicts between the Soviets and the other three Western powers kept increasing. Finally, at 6 a.m. on June 24 1948, the Soviets closed all land and water access to Berlin--they intended to force the Western powers out by shutting off all supplies. The Western democracies had few options. They could withdraw, but that was politically unacceptable. They could try to resupply the city via land convoy, which could have started World War III. Another option was to try to resupply the city using ... Written by yortsnave

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