• Short Summary

    West Berliners today (12 MAY) commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the end of the Communist blockade of their city and the massive Western airlift that helped them live through it.

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    West Berliners today (12 MAY) commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the end of the Communist blockade of their city and the massive Western airlift that helped them live through it.

    West Berlin Mayor, Klaus Schuetz and General Frank Howley, the United States Commander in Berlin during the airlift, laid wreaths in honour of the 41 British and 31 American pilots who died in the operation -- the greatest the Western allies have undertaken in time of peace.

    The blockade was imposed by the Soviet authorities in June 1948. The blockade was placed on all land and water communications between Berlin and the west. It ended almost a year later after the western allies had spent more than GBP60 million sterling in supplying the city with essential foodstuffs and supplies.

    At the commemoration ceremony nine young West Berliners were presented with Airlift Memorial Fellowships by the British, American and French City Commandants. The fellowships enables the young people to study in Britain, the U.S. and France.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA680CLJ65UPKRU01Y97FYSX2YQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA680CLJ65UPKRU01Y97FYSX2YQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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