With just a few weeks remaining before commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift kick off, what better time to increase your background knowledge about this remarkable operation credited with cementing the special bond Germans and Americans have held so close to heart for
In June 1948, the citizens of Berlin were under siege. With Soviets blockading roads and railways Into West Berlin, those living in that sector of the city had almost no way of receiving supplies, coal and food.
On June 24, 1948, the Soviets, in one of the opening moves of the Cold War, blockaded all rail, road and water access to West Berlin. Two days later, what is sometimes called the greatest peacetime aerial supply operation in history began — the Berlin Airlift.
Wiesbaden, Germany, May, 1948: Gen. Carl "Tooey" Spaatz, left, recently retired as Air Force chief of staff, and Lt. General Curtis LeMay, USAFE commander, review an honor guard upon Spaatz's arrival at the Wiesbaden Airport.
FRANKFURT, Germany — Diplomats, politicians and military leaders gathered at Frankfurt airport Tuesday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift – a mission lauded as the greatest peacetime aerial supply mission in history.