Disco Pogo, a German techno song to get you in the Berlin mood.
West Berlin was cut off by Russia and had no way of getting supplies to it. They were trying to get the Western nations out of Germany and they would no longer let anybody in, which would probably cause a starvation and lack of supplies. Many people suggested what to do but each plan had immense flaws. Finally, a temporary plan was suggested to have airplanes fly in everyday and drop off supplies. The reason that it was temporary and wouldn’t last very long is because the countries helping out had a limited air force.
But they continued to help for 15 months. They came through the three airports and when the Soviets increased their security, it was apparent that this would have to be continued or else they would all starve. However, the Soviets couldn’t shoot down the planes because it might result in war. According to the World History website, around the height of its operation, around April 16, 1949, a plane landed every minute. Each day, they brought over 5,000 tons of supplies to keep them eating, drinking, and warm in their homes.
On May 12th, 1949, the Soviets couldn’t do anything and reopened the borders. However, the airlift continued to stockpile just to assure they would be okay in case the Soviets blocked the borders again. We succeeded in making the Soviets fear us and created even more anger in the Cold War, as the Soviets didn’t like to be outsmarted by us.