Monday, 11 May 2009

60 Jahre Luftbrücke

60 Jahre Luftbrücke Celebration
link from RBB online click on the left hand side for video. About 23 seconds into the clip.

Tomorrow the choir will sing and hand out medals.

Stalin cut off all rail and road links to West Berlin - the Berlin Blockade. This was seen as an attempt to starve Berlin into surrender, so the Allies decided to supply West Berlin by air.
The Berlin Blockade lasted 318 days. During this time, 275,000 planes transported 1.5 million tons of supplies and a plane landed every three minutes at Berlin's Templehof airport.
On 12 May 1949, Stalin abandoned the blockade.
Here is a link to the BBC story and an interesting video.

and a report by our friend Steven

1 comment:

cinzia said...

thanks for warning me about names on luggage tags... I hadn't thought about it but have changed them