The Berlin Airlift

Sep 2019
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Turkey
it was a huge operation for saving 2 million Berliners . I've watched a 20 minutes documentary about but know it's more complicated than it.So what dou you guys suggest ?
 

Devdas

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Apr 2015
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India
I have a doubt, why didn't Soviets shut the airspace above West Berlin.
 

stevev

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Apr 2017
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I have a doubt, why didn't Soviets shut the airspace above West Berlin.
It's a fact they didn't. While the Soviets had military ground superiority they the didn't necessary have air superiority. The US also a had number of atom bombs by that time while the USSR did not have a functional bomb yet.
 
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Devdas

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Apr 2015
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It's a fact they didn't. While the Soviets had military ground superiority they the didn't necessary have air superiority. The US also a had number of atom bombs by that time while the USSR did not have a functional bomb yet.
I was assuming, they may be bound by some treaty to allow civilian flights over East Europe in lieu of using West Europe's airspace.
 

stevev

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Apr 2017
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I was assuming, they may be bound by some treaty to allow civilian flights over East Europe in lieu of using West Europe's airspace.
Yes there was a treaty that stated the right of access to Berlin by the four occupying powers. Each power controlled a zone in Berlin. Either Stalin found a loophole regarding ground access or didn't care. It was clear Stalin wanted the three western allies out of Berlin entirely.
 

Naomasa298

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Apr 2010
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Stalin probably didn't imagine a city the size of West Berlin could be supplied by air.

Shutting off the air corridors would have led to war, which Stalin wasn't prepared for.
 

Chlodio

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Aug 2016
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Stalin could close the ground corridors without firing a shot. Stopping airplanes from flying into Berlin would have required shots be fired. History does not look kindly on the side that fires the first shot.