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Bowman Gum Company (fl. 1951) Fight the Red Menace: The Children's Crusade against Communism trading cards; 28. Berlin Airlift

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09627.28 Author/Creator: Bowman Gum Company (fl. 1951) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Trading card Date: 1951 Pagination: 1 collecting card ; 6 x 8 cm.

One trading card from the Red Menace collection, "28. Berlin Airlift" depicting Air Force members preparing airplanes with bags of supplies. Reverse side contains propaganda narrative mentions an operation known as the Berlin Airlift or "Operation Vittles." This was the response of United States Air Force to the Soviet blockage of Berlin's western-zoned air and land traffic areas in June 1948. U.S. and Royal Air Forces delivered in "less than 11 months thet Airlift brought 1 1/2 million tons of supplies," which forced the Soviet union to lift the ban.

On June 24, 1948, the Soviet Union instilled a block of land routes heading towards West Berlin, an area located within the Soviet occupation zone. This was in retaliation of the United States' refusal to give Russia a say in the economy of Germany. Truman's response to the block was to supply West Berlin with airlifts of deliveries. On May 9, 1949, the blockade was lifted.

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