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We are now closing all Highways, Railroads and Canals.
In 1948, the Russians–who wanted Berlin all for themselves–closed all highways, railroads and canals from western-occupied Germany. They did this thinking that the citizens would run out of food.
The Allies supplied their sectors of Berlin from the air.Allied cargo planes would use open air corridors over the Soviet occupation zone to deliver food, fuel and other goods.
Life in West Berlin was not easy, very little to no power, food, water, fuel. The black market was the only way to get supplies.
The planes delivered about 5,000 tons of supplies to West Berlin every day; by the end, those loads had increased to about 8,000 tons of supplies per day.
By 1949, it was clear that the Soviet blockade of West Berlin had failed.The Soviets then lifted the blockade and reopened the roads, canals and railway routes into the western half of the city.
The blockade was a failure in other ways, too. It amped up Cold War tensions and made the USSR look to the rest of the world like a cruel and capricious enemy.
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