The Berlin Blockade and airlift
|January 1947||Britain and the USA join their two zones together into Bi-zonia (two zones).|
|December 1947||London Conference: America, Britain and France meet to discuss Germany's future. Russia is not present.|
|January 1948||Russia starts to stop western literature being sold in the Soviet zone.|
|March 1948||The USA offers Marshall Aid. Stalin forbids Cominform countries to take part.|
|April 1948||Russia imposes a partial blockade of west Berlin - Allied transport into the city has to apply for a permit and is inspected.|
|1 June 1948||America, Britain and France announce they wanted to create a new country of West Germany.|
|23 June 1948||America, Britain and France introduce a new currency - this causes economic chaos in the Russian zone as everyone tries to get rid of their old money and change to the new currency.|
Now consider this quote from the US commander in Berlin, General Clay:
When Berlin falls, Western Germany will be next. If we withdraw our position in Berlin, Europe is threatened... Communism will run rampant.
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