Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

The Berlin Airlift

AudioCartoonsOral Histories


Harry S. Truman describes the Russian blockade of Berlin. (1 min. 46 sec.)

Harry S. Truman discusses the Berlin blockade. (1 min. 23 sec.)

Harry S. Truman reading a script describing the end of the Berlin Blockade. (49 sec.)

Harry S. Truman speaks about the Berlin Airlift. (1 min. 30 sec.)


A Lighter Side of the Berlin Airlift: Cartoons (excerpt from Airbridge to Berlin: The Berlin Crisis of 1948, its Origins and Aftermath by D.M. Giangreco and Robert E. Griffin, used with permission)

Oral Histories

Konrad Adenauer Chancellor, Federal Republic of Germany, 1949-63.

Henry Byroade Military Attache to General George C. Marshall on China Mission, 1946-47; Deputy Director and Director, Bureau of German Affairs, Department of State, 1949-52; Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern, South Asian and African Affairs, 1952-55; U.S. Ambassador, 1955-77.

Bruce C. Clarke West Point graduate and among many commands served as a combat commander in the 7th and 4th Armored Divisions, 1943-45 (participating in the Battle of the Bulge); commanding general of the 2nd Constabulary Brigade, 1949-51; commanding general of the 1st Armored Division, 1951-53; and was Commander in Chief of the US Army in Europe, 1960-62.

Lucius D. Clay Advanced through grades to general, 1947; deputy to General Eisenhower, 1945; deputy military governor, Germany (U.S.) 1946; commander in chief, U.S. Forces in Europe and military governor, U.S. Zone, Germany, 1947-49; retired 1949.

General William H. Draper Jr. Chief, Economics Division, Control Council for Germany, 1945-46; Military Government Adviser to the Secretary of State, Moscow Conference of Foreign Ministers, 1947; Under Secretary of War, 1947; Under Secretary of the Army, 1947-49; and United States Special Representative in Europe, with rank of Ambassador, January 1952 - June 1953.

Elbridge Durbrow United States Foreign Service officer, 1930-68, including service as liaison secretary at the U.N. Monetary and Financial Conference, Bretton Woods, N.H., 1944; chief, Eastern European Division, State Department, 1944-46; counselor of embassy, Moscow, U.S.S.R., 1946-48; deputy for Foreign Affairs, National War College, 1948-50; chief, Division of Foreign Service Personnel, State Department, 1950; and minister counselor, American Embassy, Rome, Italy, 1952-54.