Lead: By July 1948 the Soviet Union no longer was willing to tolerate West Berlin.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: As the end of World War II drew near, the alliance that had hammered Germany into submission began to fall apart. After the war, the Soviet Union forced communist governments on most of those Eastern European nations its army had occupied and erected barriers to impede communications, trade and travel between East and West. Yet, it was Germany that would prove to be the most serious irritant between the two emerging Cold War coalitions. The Soviets occupied the eastern zone while the western zones of Germany were administered by the United States, France and Britain.

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