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The Berlin airlift

Author: Peter AdlerAlexander BerkelStefan MausbachUdo JordanEvelyn KremerAll authors
Publisher: [Mainz] : Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen ; Alexandria, VA : Distributed by PBS Home Video, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On June 24, 1948, the Cold War began in the war-torn, divided city of Berlin. The Soviets, who controlled all of East Germany and the eastern half of Berlin, blocked all access to the American and British-controlled West Berlin, choking commerce and starving the people. The Soviet goal was to expel the Allied forces, who had long been a thorn in Stalin's side. But Western forces refused to abandon the city.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Historical television programs
History
Nonfiction television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Documentary
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Adler; Alexander Berkel; Stefan Mausbach; Udo Jordan; Evelyn Kremer; Joe Morton; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.); Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.; ZDF Enterprises.; WGBH Educational Foundation.; WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.); PBS Home Video.
ISBN: 0793693306 9780793693306
OCLC Number: 85438692
Language Note: In English and some German with English subtitles; closed captioned.
Notes: Documentary.
Originally broadcast by PBS as an episode of the television series American Experience on January 29, 2006.
Special feature: Web links [text feature].
Credits: Historical consultant, Gerhard Keiderling ; original music, Klangraum ; editing, Bernhard Sehne ; camera, Anthony R. Miller, Jan Prillwitz, Peter Ruppert.
Performer(s): Narrated by Joe Morton; commentators, Sam Young, Sybille Griese, Mercedes Wild, Gerhard Bürger, Robert Lochner, Gail Halvorsen, Ken Slaker, Magdalena Schnabel, Hans-Günther Richardi, Peter Zimmerman, John Irvin Eddy, Walter Riggers.
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color & black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; stereo; widescreen presentation, enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions.
Contents: Occupied Berlin --
Angels in the sky --
Airlift operations --
A city divided --
Love and loss --
Mission accomplished --
Credits.
Other Titles: American experience (Television program)
Responsibility: PBS ; written and directed by Peter Adler, Alexander Berkel, Stefan Mausbach ; production, Udo Jordan, Evelyn Kremer ; a ZDF production in association with ZDF Enterprises ; WGBH Educational Foundation ; WGBH.

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On June 24, 1948, the Cold War began in the war-torn, divided city of Berlin. The Soviets, who controlled all of East Germany and the eastern half of Berlin, blocked all access to the American and British-controlled West Berlin, choking commerce and starving the people. The Soviet goal was to expel the Allied forces, who had long been a thorn in Stalin's side. But Western forces refused to abandon the city. President Harry Truman proclaimed, "We stay in Berlin. Period." To do so would mean attempting the impossible: supplying two million civilians and twenty thousand Allied soldiers with food and fuel -- entirely from the air. The Berlin Airlift officially ended on September 30, 1949. The airlift had lasted 15 months and delivered more than 2.4 million tons of supplies to Berlin. Seventy-nine people lost their lives in the effort, including thirty-one Americans.

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