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
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
IMAGE: B2931.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y69jve37 LINKS: 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.