A complete guide to USAFE's role in the Cold War

William Noble looks back on the role played by the USAFE during the first Cold War which officially lasted from 1947 until 1991.

The Berlin Blockade

The Berlin Blockade, aka, Operation Vittles was the first major crisis of a fledgling ‘Cold War’ which history has officially allocated a start date of March 12, 1947. Running from June 24, 1948, to May 12, 1949, the Berlin Blockade was a total disaster for the Soviets from an economic point of view, but politically, it had given them a new ideology, the weapon of fear.

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