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Pages: 23. Chapters: British nuclear explosive tests, Berlin
Blockade, British nuclear tests at Maralinga, Operation Grapple,
Operation Totem, Operation Blackcurrant, Kabul Airlift, Operation
Backfire, Orange Herald, Operation Hurricane, Operation Cunningham,
Nuclear weapons tests in Australia, Operation Mosaic, Operation
Fresco, Operation Phillis, Exercise Purple Warrior, Julin Bristol,
Operation Headstrong. Excerpt: The Berlin Blockade (24 June 1948 -
12 May 1949) was one of the first major international crises of the
Cold War and the first resulting in casualties. During the
multinational occupation of post-World War II Germany, the Soviet
Union blocked the Western Allies' railway and road access to the
sectors of Berlin under Allied control. Their aim was to force the
western powers to allow the Soviet zone to start supplying Berlin
with food and fuel, thereby giving the Soviets practical control
over the entire city. In response, the Western Allies organized the
Berlin Airlift to carry supplies to the people in West Berlin. The
United Kingdom's Royal Air Force and the recently independent
United States Air Force flew over 200,000 flights in one year,
providing up to 4700 tons of daily necessities such as fuel and
food to the Berliners. Alongside British and US personnel the
airlift involved aircrews from the Royal Australian Air Force,
Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force and South
African Air Force. By the spring of 1949, the effort was clearly
succeeding and, by April, the airlift was delivering more cargo
than had previously been transported into the city by rail. The
success of the Berlin Airlift brought humiliation to the Soviets
who had refused to believe it could make a difference. The blockade
was lifted in May 1949 and resulted in the creation of two separate
German states. The Federal Republic of Germany ...
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