The Second Battle of Berlin was not Armageddon, but it was the most extreme case to date of face-making and nose-thumbing among the nations.
Masses of Spies? On scant (24 hours) notice the Russians last week bluntly informed the Western Powers that henceforth a new inspection policy would prevail on travel through the Soviet zone which encircles Berlin. Russian officials would board all military trains, inspect passengers and papers, pick over cargoes.
On the four-lane concrete Autobahn roughly paralleling the railway, a new control point for all vehicles would be set up at Nowawes, on the outskirts of Berlin.
Blandly, at first,...