International: Threat & Counter-threat

"The day after the war treaty is signed," East Germany's Communist Vice Premier Walter Ulbricht had warned, "Berlin will know the consequences." Puppet Ulbricht proved as good as his word.

The first Communist move was to cut telephone connections between allied West Berlin and the Soviet zone. Meanwhile, on the edges of West Berlin, an army of axmen and ditchdiggers fell to work digging trenches, rearing up piles of dirt and felling trees to seal off the roads leading out of the city. Soviet guards barred U.S. and British military police patrols from the...

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