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The Berlin Airlift: The Relief Operation that Defined the Cold War

Author: Barry Turner.

The Berlin Airlift: The Relief Operation that Defined the Cold War

Author: Barry Turner.

$28.00 $7.98
Item #: D11439
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2017
Publisher: Icon
ISBN: 9781785782404
In 1948, Berlin was a divided city, and the ruined capital lay 120 miles inside Soviet-controlled eastern Germany. Stalin wanted the Allies out, and he was confident he could crush Berlin's resolve by cutting off food and fuel. And so over eleven months from June 1948 to May 1949, British and American aircraft carried out the most ambitious airborne relief ... More
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In 1948, Berlin was a divided city, and the ruined capital lay 120 miles inside Soviet-controlled eastern Germany. Stalin wanted the Allies out, and he was confident he could crush Berlin's resolve by cutting off food and fuel. And so over eleven months from June 1948 to May 1949, British and American aircraft carried out the most ambitious airborne relief operation ever mounted, flying over 2 million tons of supplies on almost 300,000 flights to save a beleaguered city. Using archival material and interviews with veterans, Barry Turner paints a fresh, vivid picture of the airlift, a mission that cemented America's position as the defender of the free world.


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