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Tuesday, May 12, 1998 Published at 18:28 GMT 19:28 UK



Special Report

The Berlin blockade: Moscow draws the iron curtain

Fifty years ago, the Soviet Union launched the blockade of Berlin by cracking down on the free movement of traffic into the city. It was an act of agression that plunged Europe headfirst into a new war.
image: [ Celebrating the lifting of the blockade ]
Celebrating the lifting of the blockade
Blocked but not beaten, the airlift begins
The Berlin Airlift broke all the rules, and Russia's resolve. Hundreds of thousands of flights delivered millions of tons of supplies in an effort to beat the Soviet blockade.






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