The Berlin Airlift

About the Collection

  This collection focuses on the Berlin Airlift. It includes 50 documents totaling 416 pages covering the years 1948 through 1951.

Supporting materials include Photo Collection from: Airbridge to Berlin --- The Berlin Crisis of 1948, its Origins and Aftermath By D.M. Giangreco and Robert E. Griffin 1988 (Used with permission).

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Oral Histories

Konrad Adenauer , Chancellor, Federal Republic of Germany, 1949-63.

Henry Byroade , U.S. Army officer, Diplomat

Bruce C. Clarke , West Point graduate and among many commands served as a combat commander in the 7th and 4th Armored Divisions, 1943-45 (participating in the Battle of the Bulge); commanding general of the 2nd Constabulary Brigade, 1949-51; commanding general of the 1st Armored Division, 1951-53; and was Commander in Chief of the US Army in Europe, 1960-62.

Lucius D. Clay , Advanced through grades to general, 1947; deputy to General Eisenhower, 1945; deputy military governor, Germany (U.S.) 1946; commander in chief, U.S. Forces in Europe and military governor, U.S. Zone, Germany, 1947-49; retired 1949.

General William H. Draper Jr. , Chief, Economics Division, Control Council for Germany, 1945-46; Military Government Adviser to the Secretary of State, Moscow Conference of Foreign Ministers, 1947; Under Secretary of War, 1947; Under Secretary of the Army, 1947-49; and United States Special Representative in Europe, with rank of Ambassador, January 1952 - June 1953.

Elbridge Durbrow , United States Foreign Service officer, 1930-68, including service as liaison secretary at the U.N. Monetary and Financial Conference, Bretton Woods, N.H., 1944; chief, Eastern European Division, State Department, 1944-46; counselor of embassy, Moscow, U.S.S.R., 1946-48; deputy for Foreign Affairs, National War College, 1948-50; chief, Division of Foreign Service Personnel, State Department, 1950; and minister counselor, American Embassy, Rome, Italy, 1952-54.

Lesson Plans

The Berlin Airlift , Jean Chirnside

Pictures of the Berlin Airlift: Primary Sources (Photos and Cartoons) to Motivate Learning , Scott Trusty

Student Activity: The Berlin Airlift, June 27, 1948 to May 12, 1949 , Truman Library

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