When the Soviet Union cut off all land links into West Berlin in 1948, the United States, Britain and France launched the biggest airlift in history to keep 2.25 million residents from starving. 11 months later Stalin gave up. Last week Berliners celebrated the 60th anniversary of the end of the Berlin blockade.
According to the BBC:
Thousands of people, including dozens of American, British and French veterans, attended ceremonies at Berlin's recently closed Tempelhof Airport on Tuesday to pay tributes to those involved in the unprecedented effort. (...) Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit said. "We will never forget the victims who fell for the freedom of our city," he added. "You laid the cornerstone for today's trans-Atlantic relationship. It was a logistic, humanitarian masterpiece that is... burned in the memory of the city."
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