THE NATIONS: The Siege

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The incessant roar of the planes—that typical and terrible 20th Century sound, a voice of cold mechanized anger—filled every ear in the city. It reverberated in the bizarre stone ears of the hollow, broken houses; it throbbed in the weary ears of Berlin's people who were bitter, afraid, but far from broken; it echoed in the intently listening ear of history. The sound meant one thing: the West was standing its ground and fighting back.

"The Risk of War." Besieged Berlin was tense and tired. A chilly rain fell. U.S. and British armored cars prowled sluggishly...

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