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Updated: 4/2/2019
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  • From Josef Stalin's attempt to consolidate control of Berlin with the blockade, by pressuring the Allies to evacuate. This had about 2 million deprived of food, heating, fuel, and crucial supplies.
  • Bring in the Army!
  • The U.S. President, Harry S Truman's administration ordered a direct military response to the Soviet's aggressive move of the blockade. Truman worried such actions would trigger another world war.
  • Another World War!
  • Send in the army!
  • President Truman authorized an enormous airlift operation under General Lucius D. Clay, the American appointed military governor of Germany. On June 26, the first planes took off from England to western Germany loaded with food, water, medicine, fuel, and clothing.
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