Germany: Situation in Berlin

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Germany: Situation in Berlin

Germany:  Situation in Berlin

E.B.

Read text of statement to be made in H/C.
Mol.'s statement.  My deductn:  R. are afraid to venture too far.
They have played to East & to Germans.  To Eastern Slav States they have talked of repns, Potsdam etc.  To Germany, centralised G., w'drawal of troops etc.  It is propaganda statement.

R.S.C. 

Will put Fr. Communists in a real jam.

E.B. 

Don't expect danger in Berlin.  My feeling:  Potsdam we undertook to feed Berlin.  R. may do it when our stocks are out.  But we can go on feeding our troops & keep them there.  They daren't use force v. us.  We cd. supply our troops by air. 
Brownjohn. Situation serious.
Food stocks 27 days.
Electricity: only 50% can be supplied fr. western stations.
People are calm:  & will resist R. orders if we support them.
Robertson shd. make it clear to Sokolovski tht. he is to blame.
R. won't yield:  will go to any length, short of war, to get us out of Berlin.
Can m'tain our own garrison by air.  Might hamper it by balloon barrage:  but that wd. be act of war.

H.M. 

Cd. you force supplies thro'?

Br. 

No.  Can't shoot yr. way thro' by train.  Might by road:  but not practicable.

E.B. 

Cd. feed our troops:  and have R. to feed civil populn.
R. cd. do that?

Br. 

Yes:  if they wished.  Doubtful if they would.  Not imposs. only 10% of Sov. Zone.

J. 

Cd. we allow that popn to starve?  Cd. we feed by air:  cd. we evacuate any by air?

Br. 

No impn on 2 m. by air evacuation.  Cd. remove prominent G. who have stood up to R.

A. 

Do we send any essential supplies to R. Zone?

Br. 

Not essential.  Convenient.  Now stopped.  R. owes us v. large no. wagons - 8/10,000.

J. 

U.S. attitude?  Br. Clay has commd himself violently to remaining in Berlin.

P.M. 

Any danger of clash between R. and U.S.

Br. 

We are always nervous of it.

N.B. 

Re-inforcing Berlin?

A.V.A. 

Wd add to feeding commitment and if we have to fight it won't be in Berlin.

H.M. 

Why don't we close R. b'casting station in Berlin?

Br. 

If we did, they wd. cut our cable commn to Ldn.
   E.B. & A.V.A. to concert arrangements for expert appreciation (with Fr. and U.S.):  on military & political levels.

Taken from C.M. 43(48) - Meeting held on 25 June 1948.