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Berlin on the BrinkThe Blockade, the Airlift, and the Early Cold War$
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Daniel Harrington

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813136134

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813136134.001.0001

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“The Next Step”

“The Next Step”

(p.119) Chapter 6 “The Next Step”
Berlin on the Brink

Daniel F. Harrington

University Press of Kentucky

The Western powers had to decide their next step; Chapter 6 describes their deliberations. Long-term prospects appeared bleak: sooner or later the Western powers would have to abandon the city to save its population from starvation, or (as US military governor Lucius Clay proposed) use force to break the blockade—an action his critics was sure would trigger world war. In the short term, Washington deployed B-29s to the United Kingdom to deter the Soviets and show resolve. Truman and his advisers debated whether to transfer custody of atomic weapons to the Pentagon. The National Security Council on July 22 endorsed diplomatic approaches to Moscow and an expanded airlift, leaving unresolved the long-term dilemma facing the US and its allies.

Keywords:   atomic bomb, B-29, Clay, convoy, custody, National Security Council, Truman

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