The Berlin Airlift was a huge success for the western allies. This caused Stalin to end the blockade of west Berlin.
East Berlin could easily travel to West Berlin where communism was not present. This helped some realize that communism wasn't so great after all.
When Stalin realized this, he was not happy and came up with a plan.
Maybe this communism thing isn't so good after all!
US President Truman
The Berlin Blockade was built in 1948 by the Soviet Union to limit the ability of the United States, Great Britain and France to travel to west Berlin.
I guess we'll just fly our supplies in then!
This led to the Berlin Airlift.
I'm blocking all of your supply routes to west Berlin. What're you gonna do about it?
The Berlin Airlift took place from June 26th, 1948-1949. Over two million tons of goods were flown into Berlin in a huge logistical operation under the command of the American General Lucius D. Clay.
You win this time Truman.
On May 12, 1949, at one minute after midnight, the Soviets restore land access from West Germany to Berlin. A British convoy immediately drives through, and the first train from the West reaches Berlin at 5:32 that morning.
On September 30, 1949, The final flight of the Airlift arrives in West Berlin.