Three years after the end of World War II, the citizens of Berlin were threatened with starvation. The Soviets had blocked all traffic into the divided city. No food, coal, or other supplies could reach the more than 2 million citizens. The Allies, led by the United States and Great Britain, came to their rescue. Cargo planes filled with supplies flew into the city around the clock. With expert planning and coordination, the Berlin Airlift saved the city and gave the Allies their first major victory of the Cold War.
About the Author
Formerly an editor at the educational publisher Weekly Reader, Michael Burgan has been a freelance writer for 17 years. He has written more than 250 books for children and young adults, specializing in U.S. history, geography, and biographies of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Burgan has won several awards for his writing, and his plays for adult audiences have been staged across the United States. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in history. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his cat Callie.
Table of Contents
Keeping a city alive What to do with Germany Rebuilding Europe The "little lift" The airlift begins Life under the blockade Into the new year End of the blockade.