Gisela Zebroski – The Berlin Airlift
The Berlin Airlift – The greatest humanitarian aid of all time! In 1948 Stalin blocked all land access routes to the city of Berlin. That left 2 million Berliners and 8,000 occupation forces without sustenance. A forceful breakthrough of the blockade could have ignited WW III. Instead, Harry Truman ordered: “We shall stay! Period.” On June 25, 1948 General Clay established an airlift: Operation Vittles. Over the following 11 months American and British bombers became transport aircraft that flew 300,000 missions and delivered 2.3 million tons of supplies. This operation deterred Stalin’s invasion of Berlin and Western Europe. The speech covers some of the details and historical background that led to the Iron Curtain and the Cold War. The story concludes in 1989 with an eyewitness account of what could have been a full-scale military crackdown that killed the people climbing over The Wall.
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Next Meeting 1/28/16
The next Foundation meeting is Jan 28, 2016, 7:45am, LG Chamber
All members are welcome to attend.