The candy bombers: the untold story of the Berlin Airlift and America's finest hour

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He was just an American pilot assigned to yet another thankless postwar mission, but Hal Halvorsen could not get the wretched kids of Berlin off his mind, even during his round-the-clock assignment to airlift food and supplies to their city, which had been cut off from the rest of the world by the Soviets. He got some candy, tied it to parachutes made of handkerchiefs and, strictly against orders, dropped them from his plane. Journalist Cherny draws from Halvorsen's previously unpublished letters and diaries along with recently unclassified official documents to explain the human side of the Berlin airlift, in all of its 277,000 flights. He describes its moral imperatives, its impact on America's former enemies, and the remarkable efforts of civilian administrators and military brass to feed half of one of the largest cities of the world. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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display_description The Candy Bombers is the true tale of the ill- assorted group of castoffs and second-stringers who saved millions of desperate people from a dire threat. By feeding and supplying West Berlin by air for nearly a year, these brave men won the hearts of America's defeated enemies, and inspired people around the world to believe in America's fundamental goodness. Their valor and kind acts helped the country avoid World War III, and won the greatest battle of the Cold War-without firing a shot.
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subject_facet Berlin (Germany) -- History -- Blockade, 1948-1949, Germany -- Foreign relations -- United States, Humanitarian assistance, United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1953, United States -- Foreign relations -- Germany
title_display The candy bombers : the untold story of the Berlin Airlift and America's finest hour
title_full The candy bombers : the untold story of the Berlin Airlift and America's finest hour / Andrei Cherny
title_short The candy bombers :
title_sub the untold story of the Berlin Airlift and America's finest hour