Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The Berlin Airlift

The Berlin Airlift

The Berlin Airlift of 1948-49 involved more than 250,000 flights carrying food and supplies into West Berlin, after the Soviet Union cut off road and rail corridors on June 24, 1948. The Airlift officially ended on September 30, 1949, after the Soviets re-established surface traffic. This 1949 film produced by the British government details the British and American joint operation.

Description

The Berlin Airlift of 1948-49 involved more than 250,000 flights carrying food and supplies into West Berlin, after the Soviet Union cut off road and rail corridors on June 24, 1948. The Airlift officially ended on September 30, 1949, after the Soviets re-established surface traffic. This 1949 film produced by the British government details the British and American joint operation.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What happened in June of 1948 in Berlin? After this, what was the only way into Berlin?
  • What was the response by British and American forces? What was originally thought of this plan?
  • Describe the paths and process that the planes had to follow.
  • What was the only thing that could keep the Allied aircraft from flying?
  • Describe the different aircraft that were used and supplies that were sent during the airlift.
  • Explain the overall achievements of the airlift. How many airman lost their lives during the operation?
  • When did the airlift come to an end? How many flights were there during the airlift?

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Allied Forces
    • Allied Zones
    • Berlin Airlift
    • Blockade
    • Convalescence
    • Royal Air Force
    • Soviet Union
    • Sunderland

    Topics

    U.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh School