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IV. The Berlin Crisis,   pp. 867-1284 PDF (169.0 MB)


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IV. THE BERLIN CRISIS
                           Editorial Note
   Thepapers presented;in this chapter seek to delineate the main lines
of development of the Berlin crisis of 1948. For reasons of space, the
editors have been obliged to restrict the scope of the documentation
to important high-level diplomatic exchainges and major meetings and
negotiations between the principal occupati*on authorities in Germany.
Documents defining the formulation lof the more significant United
States policies at various junctures in the Berlin crisis have also been
included where possible and appropriate. Important reports from re-
splonsible lofficials in Germany regarding the situation in Germany and
particularly in Berlin during the months of the blockade have like-
wise been included. .Detailed tdocumentation on the conduct of the
Berlin airlift and on the many aspects of the political, economic, and
financial situation inside blockaded Berlin has not, however, been pre-
sented. An ├Żofficial account ,of developments within Berlin .during
this
period ils included in Office lof Military Government, U.S. Sector, Ber-
imn A Four Year Report, July 1, 1945 to September 1, 1949 (Berlin,
1949). A personal but authoritative account of the airlift appears in
Clay, Decision in Germany, Chapters 19 and 20. A large-collection of
documents on all aspects of Berlin life during the blockad& appears
in Berlin Senate, Berlin, Quellen und Dokumente,, particularly chap-
ters IX through XIII.
A. THE BREAKDOWN OF QUADRIPARTITE CONTROL IN GERMANY
740.00119 Control (Germany)/1-2148: Telegram
     The Acting United States Political Adviser for Germany
             (Riddleberger) to the Secretary of State
RESTRICTED "  URGENT               BERLIN, January 21, 1948-noon.
  163. Under "other business" US Representative gave preliminary
report 77th meeting Allied Control Council held January 20        re
  'The Allied Control Council for Germany, composed of the military governors
of the four zones of occupation of Germany, was the supreme Allied agency
in
the Allied Control Authority for Germany. For a survey of the organization
and
functions of the Allied control Authority for Germany, including a description
  Footnote continued on following page.
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