City under siege : the Berlin blockade and airlift, 1948-1949 / Michael D. Haydock.

By: Haydock, Michael DMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: Washington : Brassey's, ©1999Edition: 1st edDescription: xiv, 321 pages : illustrations ; 25 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1574881426; 9781574881424Subject(s): Blockade of Berlin (Germany : 1948-1949) | Berlin (Germany) -- History -- Blockade, 1948-1949 | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1953 | United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union | Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States | Diplomatic relations | Germany -- Berlin | Soviet Union | United States | Blokkade | Luchtvervoer | Bevoorrading | Geallieerden | Berliner Blockade | Luftbrücke | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1953 | Berlin (Germany) -- History -- Blockade, 1948-1949 | United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union | Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States | 1945-1953Genre/Form: History.Additional physical formats: Online version:: City under siege.DDC classification: 943/.15540874 LOC classification: DD881 | .H34 1999Other classification: 15.70 | NR 6910
Contents:
Prologue: Berlin, 1945 -- The Face of Defeat -- "It's Got to Work" -- Inter-Allied "Cooperation" -- Spoils of Victory and Victory Spoils -- Meeting at Potsdam -- The Bear Shows Its Claws -- "I'm Tired of Babying the Soviets" -- A Long Telegram -- The Iron Curtain -- Cops and Spooks -- The Dead of Winter -- Avoiding Trivia -- From Rift to Rupture -- "The Control Council No Longer Exists" -- Tightening the Noose -- The Color of Money -- "Two Hours Left to Live" -- "We Stay in Berlin -- Period" -- LeMay Coal and Feed Company -- Teething Problems -- Full Wartime Footing -- Willy the Whip -- Black Friday -- "Gentlemen, I Have a New Plan."
Review: "Focusing on the experiences of airmen, politicians, and ordinary citizens, Michael D. Haydock tells the human story of an aviation and logistical accomplishment that has had lasting geopolitical significance."Summary: "At the close of World War II, the Soviet Union controlled all of eastern Germany except the Allied sectors of Berlin. In June 1948, Soviet authorities halted the West's land access to the city, apparently dooming the inhabitants of its Western sectors to starvation. Allied planes - mostly American but some British - immediately began a massive supply airlift that lasted fifteen months. Flying 276,926 dangerous missions, often in bad weather, and bringing in 2.3 million tons of food and coal, the Berlin Airlift cost the lives of 75 U.S. and British airmen but saved the besieged enclave."Summary: "Haydock's sources include recently declassified documents and previously unpublished diaries of participants. In City Under Siege, he has united the political, military, and personal aspects of the story."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-307) and index.

Prologue: Berlin, 1945 -- 1. The Face of Defeat -- 2. "It's Got to Work" -- 3. Inter-Allied "Cooperation" -- 4. Spoils of Victory and Victory Spoils -- 5. Meeting at Potsdam -- 6. The Bear Shows Its Claws -- 7. "I'm Tired of Babying the Soviets" -- 8. A Long Telegram -- 9. The Iron Curtain -- 10. Cops and Spooks -- 11. The Dead of Winter -- 12. Avoiding Trivia -- 13. From Rift to Rupture -- 14. "The Control Council No Longer Exists" -- 15. Tightening the Noose -- 16. The Color of Money -- 17. "Two Hours Left to Live" -- 18. "We Stay in Berlin -- Period" -- 19. LeMay Coal and Feed Company -- 20. Teething Problems -- 21. Full Wartime Footing -- 22. Willy the Whip -- 23. Black Friday -- 24. "Gentlemen, I Have a New Plan."

"Focusing on the experiences of airmen, politicians, and ordinary citizens, Michael D. Haydock tells the human story of an aviation and logistical accomplishment that has had lasting geopolitical significance."

"At the close of World War II, the Soviet Union controlled all of eastern Germany except the Allied sectors of Berlin. In June 1948, Soviet authorities halted the West's land access to the city, apparently dooming the inhabitants of its Western sectors to starvation. Allied planes - mostly American but some British - immediately began a massive supply airlift that lasted fifteen months. Flying 276,926 dangerous missions, often in bad weather, and bringing in 2.3 million tons of food and coal, the Berlin Airlift cost the lives of 75 U.S. and British airmen but saved the besieged enclave."

"Haydock's sources include recently declassified documents and previously unpublished diaries of participants. In City Under Siege, he has united the political, military, and personal aspects of the story."--Jacket.

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As Haydock (Empire State Coll.) details in this solid work, the end of World War II brought the division of Germany among the United States, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union. The Western Allies, convinced that Europe's best chance for recovery was to get Germany back to a solid economy, worked to develop their sectors of Germany and Berlin, while the Soviets stripped their own sector of machinery and human resources. Determined to drive the West out of Berlin, the Soviets began a campaign of harassment, unlawful arrests, kidnapping, and murder. Finally, they shut Berlin off from the rest of the country. The Allies, led by the United States, mobilized an airlift to supply 4500 tons of supplies a day to the beleaguered city. As the world watched, Berliners survived on the airlifted assistance and proved their determination to fight communism. Finally, the Soviets lifted the blockade and prepared for the next stage-the Berlin Wall. Haydock presents the political and military situation in postwar Europe in a clear, workmanlike style. A good resource for public and academic libraries.ÄGrant A. Fredericksen, Illinois Prairie Dist. P.L., Metamora (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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