Berliners watching Berlin Airlift, 1948-9

Berliners watching Berlin Airlift, 1948-9

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Caption: Berliners watching Berlin Airlift. Group of Berliners watching C-54s and C-47s fly overhead near Berlin's Tempelhof Airport during the Berlin Airlift of 1948-9. This was a response to the Berlin Blockade, an attempt by the Soviet Union to gain complete control of the German capital which had been divided between the USA, the UK, France, and the USSR following World War II. Over 200,000 flights of cargo planes by the Western Allies over 15 months ensured that the blockade failed. Groups such as these were the benefactors of Operation 'Little Vittles', in which sweets were dropped tied to handkerchief parachutes.

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