What did the Berlin Blockade mean for West Berlin?

Stalin believed that the West Berliners would be starved into submission.

Truman’s choices were to give in to Stalin and lose face, to go to war over the Berlin Blockade or to keep the West Berliners supplied from the air.

The blockade was to cause real problems for the people of West Berlin.

For example:

  1. Berlin could now only be accessed by air, resulting in a restriction on the freedom to travel outside Berlin for all Germans.
  2. A shortage of food as West Berlin only had enough food for 36 days.
  3. A lack of basic goods like fuel and medicines.
West Berlin, shown on the map, could only be accessed by air. The people only had food for 36 days and as the blockade continued there were shortages of basicgoods like fuel and medicines