24 June, 2011

June 24, 1948

The Soviet Union initiated the Berlin Blockade, cutting off all of Berlin from the west. This blockade lasted almost a year, and the end result was the creation of two separate German states (they had just been “zones” before), and the official splitting of Berlin into East and West.

The west was able to counter the Berlin Blockade with the Berlin Airlift, which was used to carry food and supplies to the people in Berlin. The airlift’s success surprised the Soviets and strengthened the alliance of the western countries, which also lead to the forming of NATO.

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