Berlin Airlift
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Berlin Airlift

A fascinating talk from Mike Pugh-Davies, Former RAF Navigator, about a unique military operation.

When: Wednesday Evening
7:00 PM
Where: Newark Air Museum
Drove Lane, Winthorpe, Newark
Coddington, Nottinghamshire  NG24 2NY
United Kingdom
Presenter: Mike Pugh-Davies Former RAF Navigator
Contact: David Pike
+44 (0)20 7591 3134

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The Berlin Airlift


At the end of the Second World War Germany was divided among the four victorious nations:  Britain, the USA, France and the Soviet Union.  Berlin, the German capital, lay wholly within the Soviet Sector but was also divided on similar lines.


Resupply of the British, French and US garrisons was accomplished mainly by road and rail links but 3 air corridors had also been agreed.  On 24 June 1948 Russia closed all surface links from West Germany to Berlin, so putting the future of the Allied presence in the city at risk.


Only the air corridors were available to keep supplied not only the garrisons but also the civilian population of Berlin.  From a frantic beginning, the Allies built an air system that not only sustained the city but built a substantial reserve of supplies against any future contingency.


The Soviets finally accepted defeat and lifted the blockade on 12 May 1949.  This lecture will explain the background to the Blockade and describe the effort to sustain Berlin throughout the crisis.  The Berlin Airlift is unique in that it was a military operation that achieved a strategic victory without the expenditure of any weapons on the part of the 3 Allied nations.

Price per person: £2 for raffle tickets, pay on the day