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City Under Siege : The Berlin Blockade and Airlift, 1948-1949 - Michael D. Haydock

City Under Siege

The Berlin Blockade and Airlift, 1948-1949

Paperback Published: 1st July 2000
ISBN: 9781574882643
Number Of Pages: 322

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At the close of World War II, the Soviet Union controlled all of eastern Germany with the exception of the American, British, and French sectors of Berlin. In June 1948, Soviet authorities halted the West's land access to the city, apparently dooming the inhabitants of its Western sectors to starvation. Would half of Berlin remain free and democratic, or would it succumb to Stalin's stranglehold? American and British planes immediately began a massive airlift that would last for fifteen months. Flying 276,926 dangerous missions, often in bad weather, and bringing in 2.3 million tons of food and coal, the legendary Berlin Airlift cost the lives of 75 U.S. and British airmen but saved the besieged enclave. Focusing on the experience of airmen, politicians, and ordinary citizens, historian Michael D. Haydock tells the human story of a spectacular aviation and logistical accomplishment that has had lasting geopolitical significance.

Industry Reviews

"City Under Siege is a complete account of the Berlin Airlift. Readers will find herein the political background and also the heroics of the operation. An exciting read indeed."--Alan Gropman, Chairman, Department of Grand Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, author of The Big L: American Logistics in World War II--Alan Gropman

ISBN: 9781574882643
ISBN-10: 1574882643
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 1st July 2000
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Type: New edition