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  • I'm so glad we have the new deutschmark!
  • Howdy neighbour!
  • Bonjour neighbour!
  • I REALLY DONT LIKE THIS!!
  • Not today....
  • Russia wanted to cripple western germany, meaning that they took huge amounts of reparations. The US, britain and france wanted to improve their zones, which led to the introduction of the ‘Western Deutschmark’.
  • Airlift
  • After the Allies held a secret conference in London they decided to unite all the zones they controlled into one united ‘West German’ nation. Stalin felt this was a violation of the treaties signed at Yalta and Potsdam.
  • Bye Bye!
  • Because Stalin felt the treaties had been voided, he said the Allies had lost all rights to Berlin. All road, canal and rail access to West Berlin was cut off on the 24th June 1948. Power from russia into west berlin was also halted.
  • NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Without Russia)
  • The Allies, predominantly the US, saw the blockade as a russian method to kick the Allies out of berlin. It was decided that a multistory airlift was to be constructed in berlin, so the city could still be supplied.
  • After 318 days of largely successful supply flights to Berlin, the Russians dropped the ‘Iron Curtain’. Normal shipping was resumed and the airlift was dismantled.
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organisation created to safeguard the freedom and security of all its members by political and military means. Russia was not one of the founding members and is still not part of the organisation.
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