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1949 Berlin Airlift

  • Military History Magazine

    The Berlin Airlift

    In early 1948, Stalin ordered a blockade of all land routes to Berlin, spurring the greatest airborne relief operation in history. No city of 2.5 million people had ever been supplied wholly by air, until the 1948-49 Berlin Airlift. Food....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Berlin Airlift

    Berlin Airlift: The Salvation of a City by Jon Sutherland and Diane Canwell, Pelican Publishing, Gretna, La., 2008, $24.95. The division of Germany after World War II into four occupation zones, with Berlin buried deep inside the Russian...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Daring Young Men

    Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of the Berlin Airlift, June 1948- May 1949 by Richard Reeves, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2010, $28. The news was ominous in June 1948. Red Army troops had blockaded all surface connections...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Over the Hump

    In 1942, the U.S. Army Air Forces’ brand-new Air Transport Command began running the most audacious airlift of World War II: flying “the Hump” over the foothills of the Himalayas   ON AUGUST 2, 1943, CBS WAR...