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The Berlin Airlift was used during the Cold War to do what?

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karmatsering14 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 10, 2013 at 11:11 PM via web

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The Berlin Airlift was used during the Cold War to do what?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 10, 2013 at 11:21 PM (Answer #1)

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The Berlin Airlift was used during the Cold War to resupply West Berlin at a time when it was being blockaded by the Soviet Union.

After WWII, Berlin was split up between the Russians, who had what was called East Berlin, and the Western Allies, who had West Berlin.  Germany as a whole was split up in the same way.  The problem was that Berlin was deep in East Germany, so there was a part of West Germany (West Berlin) far inside East Germany.

The Soviet Union wanted the West out of Berlin.  So, at one point in 1948, it stopped all land traffic to Berlin from West Germany.  This meant people in West Berlin could not get supplies.  However, the US and the British chose not to leave Berlin.  Instead, the used airplanes to ferry in all the supplies that were needed, with the record delivery being a day on which almost 13,000 tons of supplies were flown in. 

Thus, the Berlin Airlift was used to resupply West Berlin and, thereby, to ensure that it would remain a part of West Germany.

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karmatsering14 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM (Answer #2)

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Overcome ablockade  created by Soviet Union 

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