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Berlin Blockade Primary Source Activity. Take out a piece of notebook paper and label it, “Berlin Blockade Primary Source Activity” Today you will be looking at several primary sources (political cartoons, pictures, etc.).

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Berlin blockade primary source activity

Berlin Blockade Primary Source Activity

Take out a piece of notebook paper and label it, “Berlin Blockade Primary Source Activity”

Today you will be looking at several primary sources (political cartoons, pictures, etc.).

Each slide will require you to complete some sort of activity with each source. A brief discussion will follow…PARTICIPATION is a great grade booster!

I will check your activity at the end of class for a work completion grade…easy/free points as long as you complete the activity!


1 map

1) Map

Which country/nation do you think got the best “slice” of the German pie? Why?

What might not be shown in this map to determine which country got the best “slice?”


2 the berlin blockade iyow write what this was

2) The Berlin Blockade: IYOW write what this was.

  • Soviets & East Germans block roads connecting West Germany to West Berlin

  • No agreement was signed allowing west to use those roads

  • Soviets hope US will just give up West Berlin

3) Berlin Airlift: IYOW write what this was.

  • US & Britain will airlift supplies into the city, saying they have a legal right to do so (Operation Vittles)

  • 278K flights were made (June 26-May 11)

  • 2.3 million tons of food and supplies were delivered

  • Despite threatening military action, the Soviet Union ends the blockade on May 11, 1949


4 you are in this meeting

4) You are in this meeting…

A miniature city is used instruct how the airlift will work and locations that will be used

Pretend you are one of the pilots sitting in this meeting.

Write 2-3 sentences describing your thoughts on this mission.

Things to think about…scared, happy, is it necessary, etc.


Berlin blockade primary source activity

  • 5) In a paragraph…Do you think the U.S. and Britain should have done the Berlin Airlift to deliver supplies to the people in West Berlin? Why or why not?


6 political cartoon

6) Political Cartoon

What is happening in this political cartoon?

Do you think this picture portrays what was happening during the B.A.L.?


7 picture of despair

7) Picture of Despair

Easterners looking over the wall to the West.

Why do you think people in the East (Communist) wanted to crossover to the West (Democracy)?

What does this tell us about life in the East?


8 political cartoons

8) Political Cartoons

Both of the above cartoons are trying to say what about life in East Berlin?

Which country do you think these cartoons were created in? Why?


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