At the end of World War II, the Americans and their allies divided Berlin, the capital of
Germany, into four sectors, with the Russians taking one of the sectors. The
problem was that the Western (American) sector of Berlin was surrounded by the
Russian sector of Germany, which was also divided.
In June of 1948, Joseph Stalin stopped all road and rail traffic coming into and out of the
Allied Sector of Berlin. He simultaneously cut off all electricity to the city,
leaving only a twenty-mile-wide sector of air corridors and one way to get
supplies to desperate, starving people.
The United States, using the only method they could, led Allies to mobilize an
unprecedented airlift of thousands of tons of supplies each day. By September
1948, the airlift was transporting food, coal, medical supplies, and other
necessities into West Berlin as aid for the residents. At the same time, Russian
military threatened to strike down any aircraft caught flying outside of the
corridor. Finally, by April of 1949, Russia announced their intent to end the
blockade, and in August of the same year, the United States airlift operation
With an unparalleled attention to detail, Jon Sutherland and Diane Canwell, relay the
intricacies and maneuverings of the Berlin airlift. This amazing true story is
set against the backdrop of 1948 Germany, the post-World War II world, and the
beginning of the Cold War.
About the Authors
Jon Sutherland and Diane Canwell have written extensively on military history and
warfare. Their previous works have focused on both World War I and World War II.
Other books by these authors include The History of the RAF Air Sea Rescue,
Marine Craft Section, The Battle of Jutland,
The German Gotha Bomber Raids of the First World War.
The Salvation of a City
By Jon Sutherland and Diane Canwell
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