The Berlin Wall / Airlift Glen mattison and brayden toney

The Berlin Barricade and Airlift

Tied in with the Berlin Airlift was the Berlin Blockade which is what ultimately lead to the construction of the Berlin Wall built in 1961. In attempts to force the Allied Forces out of Germany the Soviets began a blockade of all rail systems, roads and water between the eastern and western half of Berlin.

Planes being filled with food and supplies to be dropped on the other side of the Berlin Blockade. 1948

With the introduction of the new Deutsche mark (new currency supported by the Allies) the Soviets saw this act as a violation between them and the Allies. On June 24 the Soviets cut off all rights to the Allies upon entering or having any relations with eastern Berlin. This of course did not stop the Allies and the US and Britain began doing airdrops.

THE BERLIN WALL

After the construction of the Berlin wall in 1961, West Berlin was completely cut off from East Germany and from East Berlin. The barrier included guard towers placed along tall concrete walls, which encompassed a wide area that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses.

It was claimed that the wall was built to protect its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany. The wall prevented those living within to leave and those outside to enter. The Berlin Wall stood until it’s official opening in 1989 and it’s demolition from 1990-1992. By the time the wall was demolished, at least 170 people had died trying to get out, but on the other hand, over 5,000 managed to escape.

But How Does This Affect The World Today?

Bringing down the Berlin Wall was what reunited Germany as it was released from the grasp of the Soviet Union and marked the end of the Cold War, which had the world on the brink of nuclear war for more than 40 years.

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