Ap us history Unit 8 Terms Chapter 34 Francisco Franco

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Berlin AirliftLike the rest of the nation, Berlin was divided up into military occupation zones. In 194, following controversies over German currency reform and four-power control, the Soviets abruptly choked off all rail and highway access to Berlin, reasoning that the West would be starved out. Berlin became a hugely symbolic issue for both sides, and Americans organized a gigantic airlift in the midst of great tension. For nearly a year, American pilots ferried thousands of tons of supplies a day to the grateful Berliners. The Soviets finally lifted their blockade in May 1948. In the same year, the governments of the two Germanys, East and West, were formally established.

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