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The Berlin Airlift
Newspaper Accounts

Return of President Truman to Washington, D. C. from a campaign trip. October 2, 1948. Le Monde, published in Paris, had its own reporters in Berlin covering the crisis there. In most editions a section title "Berlin Crisis" could be found on the upper right hand corner on page 3. Other reports from this week highlighted President Truman's unanticipated re-election and preparations for French elections.

From November 6, 1948:

Black streak for American aviation


The American occupation zone in Germany has been for its part the site of two accidents: at Gramisch, in Bavaria, a D.80 clipped itself on two houses. The pilot was killed, the houses burned. At Neubiberg, Captain Vincent Bracha had more luck: he successfully landed his Thunderbolt, which was completely destroyed, off the runway. The pilot was only slightly injured.

From November 9, 1948:

German policy of the United States could be modified after shuffling of the cabinet

Assuredly, the Americans do not intend to give the Russians the impression of ceding to the power of the blockade. The tendency in contrast is always firmness, as in the testimony of M. Foster Dulles at the United Nations, conforming to directives coming from Washington immediately following the election of M. Truman. But any significant changes in western Germany will have to wait until after the reshuffling of the cabinet and the inauguration ceremony of next January 20.


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