Chapter

“The Next Step”

Daniel F. Harrington

in Berlin on the Brink

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780813136134
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813136837 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813136134.003.0007
“The Next Step”

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The Western powers had to decide their next step; Chapter 6 describes their deliberations. Long-term prospects appeared bleak: sooner or later the Western powers would have to abandon the city to save its population from starvation, or (as US military governor Lucius Clay proposed) use force to break the blockade—an action his critics was sure would trigger world war. In the short term, Washington deployed B-29s to the United Kingdom to deter the Soviets and show resolve. Truman and his advisers debated whether to transfer custody of atomic weapons to the Pentagon. The National Security Council on July 22 endorsed diplomatic approaches to Moscow and an expanded airlift, leaving unresolved the long-term dilemma facing the US and its allies.

Keywords: atomic bomb; B-29; Clay; convoy; custody; National Security Council; Truman

Chapter.  11004 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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