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Mad Russian -> The Count Down (11/29/2012 7:38:25 PM)

May 7th, 1945

At the end of WWII, a defeated Germany was divided amongst the victors, the United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, and France. The Soviet Union took control of the Eastern half of Germany, the Western half was divided amongst the US, Great Britain, and France.

The war in Europe ended with a shaky truce between the Allies. It would rapidly become a test of wills.

By 1948, it became apparent that the Western Powers (Great Britain, France, and US) plan to rebuild Germany differed from the Soviet Union's plan. Currency, German Unification, Soviet War reparations, and mere ideology were among the many differences the two sides had. There would be no compromise. As a result, Stalin wanted them out of Berlin. In early 1948, tensions between the once former Allies climaxed. On April 9, 1948, Stalin ordered all American Military personnel maintaining communications equipment out of the Eastern Zone (Soviet controlled Berlin). Trains were halted on June 1and June10. On June 21, the Soviets halted a US Military Supply Train and refused it passage to Berlin. On the 22nd, they placed armed guards aboard, attached a Soviet engine and hauled it back to Western Germany. In a final move to spurn the Americans, British, and French out, on June 24, 1948, all land and water access to West Berlin was cut off by the Soviets. There were to be no more supplies from the West.

British Commander Sir Brian Robertson offered an alternative: supply the city by air. This was a tenuous solution but one that worked. The resulting air supply effort became known as the Berlin Airlift.

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Mad Russian -> RE: The Count Down (11/30/2012 3:27:26 PM)

In 1949:

The Western powers pledge cooperation as Moscow breaks the U.S. nuclear monopoly and communists take over China.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) created by a treaty signed at Washington April 4 joins the United States, Canada, Iceland, Britain, France, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, and Portugal in a pledge of mutual assistance against aggression within the North Atlantic area and of cooperation in military training, strategic planning, and arms production. Incorporating ideas for an Atlantic Community advanced in 1924 by the late geopolitical theorist Halford J. Mackinder, the new treaty organization gives approval to President Truman's Point Four program of technical assistance to aid world peace.

Soviet authorities officially lift the Berlin blockade May 12, but the Berlin airlift continues until September 30 when it ends after completing 277,264 flights.

The German Federal Republic (West Germany), established May 23, has its headquarters at Bonn.

Civil war looms in Korea, reports a UN Commission September 2. North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung asks Soviet premier Josef Stalin for help in taking over South Korea; Stalin rejects the request.

Mad Russian -> RE: The Count Down (12/8/2012 4:13:39 PM)

In 1950's:

President Truman advised the Atomic Energy Commission to go ahead with the development of the hydrogen bomb.

Marshal Kliment Yefremovich Voroshilov declared Russian possession of an atomic bomb, amidst the freshly ignited Cold War.

President Truman was tipped off that the Kremlin was fast becoming militant and desired world domination. This triggered a U.S. military buildup.

A Sino-Soviet treaty pledged joint action against the US and Japan.

With the communist army of North Korea entering South Korea, the Korean War began. While Josef Stalin ensured that the United States did not aid Chiang Kai-Shek, Dean Acheson the U.S. Secretary of State declared that the United States would not support South Korea.

UN forces took over Seoul, but were unable to trap the North Korean army. Mao Zedong submitted to Moscow politics and sent Chinese forces across the Yalu. Over 300,000 Chinese and North Korean forces counter attacked UN lines at the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, inflicting heavy losses.

UN forces landed at Inchon and recaptured much of the lost ground. A truce was finally declared but the war was never brought to an end.

Tibet was invaded by Chinese Red Army forces, when the Beijing offer to assure regional autonomy in Tibet was rejected. The Chinese army forged forward through Ladakh, Shanghai and Szechuan. Tibetan monasteries were destroyed and brought on protests from across the globe. Beijing or Peking proclaimed Tibet to be part of China and fanned the cinders of disharmony, domestic and global.

President Truman escaped a politically associated assassination.

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