Before Russia's May 27 deadline on Berlin, diplomats may find a way to sidestep or postpone a repetition of the 1948-49 Berlin blockade. But U.S. military planners can risk no false hopes. They are ready with alternate sets of operations orders, have plans for every predictable contingency save one: evacuation of U.S. troops. The omission is not an oversight or a gamble. U.S., British and French forces are set to hold the city against all Communist pressures save an all-out attack, which, the Russians well know, would start World War III....

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