Cold War Files: All Units: Events: Berlin Blockade and Airlift

July 1948 - May 1949 10 months
Berlin Blockade and Airlift

Responding to the Western Allies currency reforms in the Western occupation zones, Stalin ordered the land access routes to Berlin to be blockaded. This act cut off over 2,500,000 people living in the Western zones with minimal food stocks. The West responded by launching what became known as the Berlin Airlift. US and British cargo planes flew round the clock sorties to supply the city. Eventually 213,000 sorties carrying 1.7 million tons of supplies would be flown to Berlin.

Related Information
The Berlin Airlift---Truman Presidential Library

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