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The Berlin Airlift: Breaking the Soviet Blockade

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On June 24, 1948, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin shut off the flow of food and supplies into West Berlin. Stalin hoped this blockade would force the Americans and their allies to leave the sectors of the city they controlled. Then the Soviet Union could install a Communist government for the whole city. Instead, U.S. and British pilots began a nonstop airlift, using giant cargo planes to supply the city—and show Berliners that they would remain free.
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Overview

On June 24, 1948, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin shut off the flow of food and supplies into West Berlin. Stalin hoped this blockade would force the Americans and their allies to leave the sectors of the city they controlled. Then the Soviet Union could install a Communist government for the whole city. Instead, U.S. and British pilots began a nonstop airlift, using giant cargo planes to supply the city—and show Berliners that they would remain free.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Andrew Ambrose
The latest title from the "Snapshots in History" series continues the tradition of offering compelling historical information in a format that is easy and fun to read. The Berlin Airlift documents events that took place in Berlin post World War II. Michael Burgan does an accurate job of relaying the hardships West Berlin residents faced during a period in which Western Allies (United States, United Kingdom, France) attempted to deliver aid to a city devastated by war and political turmoil. As West Berlin lay like a desolate island in Soviet-occupied Germany, Western Allies looked for a way to deliver supplies needed for survival while keeping Berlin free from total Soviet occupation. The Berlin airlift was the solution. The author's use of journal entries, letters, and personal interviews allows readers to follow the plight of West Berlin residents through troubling times, ultimately culminating in the formation of NATO and the eventual reunification of Germany. The use of various text features creates a narrative that is easy to navigate, while the use of historically accurate photographs gives readers the opportunity to step back in time and become acquainted with the difficulties the Allies and residents of West Berlin faced. Reviewer: Andrew Ambrose
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756534868
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Snapshots in History Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.
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Table of Contents


Hope for the New Year     8
War in Europe     16
A Defeated, Divided City     24
Trouble Brews in Berlin     38
The Airlift Begins     46
On the Ground     56
Losses and Successes     64
After the Blockade     76
Timeline     86
On the Web     89
Glossary     90
Source Notes     91
Select Bibliography/Further Reading     93
Index     94
About the Author/Image Credits     96
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