Cold War: The Berlin Blockade 1948-9 Return to the case study menu
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2a What are the main challenges which appear to be facing the British officials in Berlin?
2b Which would you say were the most serious?

Analysis and Interpretation
2c According to this source, is there any doubt about who is responsible for the clash over Berlin?
2d What evidence does this source provide about conditions for civilians in West Berlin?
2e In the final sentence of this extract the British official says it would be useful to be able to tell people that 'the Russian authorities were to blame for any inconvenience or suffering'.
  • What does this suggest about the extent to which people in West Berlin knew what was happening?
  • Why do you think the British government have so far stopped the British officials from giving out this information?


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Extracts from the minutes of meetings of the British Cabinet in 1948, covering discussions of the early stages of the Berlin Blockade

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Extracts from the minutes of meetings of the British Cabinet in 1948, covering discussions of the early stages of the Berlin Blockade