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The Berlin Blockade lasted 318 days, and almost started another war. Watch this video to find out more.

The Berlin Blockade

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Key points

  • Yalta Conference 1945 - the four allies (Britain, France, America and the Soviet Union) split Germany, and Berlin, into 4 zones of occupation.
  • June 1948 - Britain, France and America unite their zones into a new country called West Germany, with West Berlin as its capital.
  • 23rd June 1948 - Stalin cut off all road and rail links to West Berlin, starting the Berlin Blockade.
  • The West supplied West Berlin by air. This was known as the Berlin Airlift.
  • 12th May 1949 - after 318 days Stalin abandoned the Blockade, but the hostility between East and West was far from over.

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