Looking back at the Berlin Blockade

In 1948 the United States emphasized the need to rebuild the German economy after World War II. The Soviets react to the introduction of the Deutsche Mark by tightening checkpoints to the French, British and American sectors of Berlin, ultimately leading to a ground blockade of the city. To keep the city from starvation, the Western allies begin the Berlin Airlift, ferrying in supplies by plane. The blockade ended on May 12, 1949.

In 1948 the United States emphasized the need to rebuild the German economy after World War II. The Soviets react to the introduction of the Deutsche Mark by tightening checkpoints to the French, British and American sectors of Berlin, ultimately leading to a ground blockade of the city. To keep the city from starvation, the Western allies begin the Berlin Airlift, ferrying in supplies by plane. The blockade ended on May 12, 1949.