THE NATIONS: Breakdown

The first efforts of the four Allied zone commanders to alleviate the Berlin crisis at the "working level" resulted in complete breakdown—so complete that immediate suspicion arose that the Russian commander, Marshal Vassily Sokolovsky, was merely stalling. While the Berlin talks were going on, the Communists tried crassly and unsuccessfully to increase their stranglehold on the city (see below).


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