Images of Aviation, The Berlin Airlift, The World’s Largest Ever Air Supply Operation

The Berlin Airlift was one of the most extraordinary humanitarian operations in history and the first Allied victory of the Cold War against the Soviet Union. The Berlin blockade was a test case provocation of the West by the Soviet Union as it gauged the prospects for invasion of Germany, France and the Low Countries – Highly Recommended

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NAME: Images of Aviation, The Berlin Airlift, The World's Largest Ever Air 
Supply Operation
FILE: R2931
AUTHOR: John Grehan
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword, Air World
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 184
PRICE: £15.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Cold War, Soviet Blockade, airlift, air transport, military transport 
aviation, food supplies, coal, fuel, spares, medical supplies, seaplanes, flying 
boats, gliders, land planes, converted bombers, Berlin, partitioned Germany, post 
war Germany, West Germany, Red Army, USAF, RAF, volunteer airmen

ISBN: 1-52675-826-1

IMAGE: B2931.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The Berlin Airlift was one of the most extraordinary humanitarian 
operations in history and the first Allied victory of the Cold War against the Soviet 
Union. The Berlin blockade was a test case provocation of the West by the 
Soviet Union as it gauged the prospects for invasion of Germany, France and 
the Low Countries –  Highly Recommended

The end of WWII left almost as big a mess as the end of WWI. It sowed the seeds 
of a future war and only the ability of the Western Allies to use nuclear weapons 
kept this war from becoming a very hot global WWIII. The Soviet Union had 
already begun to expand into neighbouring countries, controlling Poland, 
Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria to link the Soviet Union directly 
with its occupation of East Germany. Stalin, as Hitler before him, believed that he 
could keep swallowing small slices of neighbouring states until he was in a position 
to resist any counter attack.  West Berlin was therefore a test provocation and an 
attempt to achieve total control to the border with West Germany.

For the Allies, the easy answer would have been to appease Stalin but that would 
have brought forward WWIII and the subjugation of Europe and Scandinavia. Very 
high stakes to play for. The Western response was incredible.

The Germans had attempted to air-supply their pocket in Stalingrad until a counter 
attack could be mounted to relieve their army there. It failed because the Luftwaffe 
simply did not have the aircraft to carry the necessary supplies even had the weather 
held fine for them. The Western Allies were in a much better position, but the relief 
of Berlin by air was still an enormous and risky operation.

This excellent new book, in the very popular Images of Aviation series provides a 
wealth of outstanding and rare images, with first class text. It tells the story vividly 
of how military surplus transport planes, current military transports, civil aircraft, 
gliders and flying boats were all brought together to provide a very congested 
continuous air bridge that suffered surprisingly few casualties, given the intensity 
of operations and the challenges of keeping the planes flying round the clock. An 
incredible story that should be read widely.