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Daring Young Men In the early hours of June 26, 1948, phones began ringing across America, waking up the airmen of World War II pilots, navigators, and mechanics who were finally beginning normal lives with new houses, new jobs, new wives, and new babies Some were given just forty eight hours to report to local military bases The president, Harry S Truman, was recalling them to active duty to try to save the desperate people of the western sectors of Berlin, the enemy capital many of them had bombed to rubble only three years before Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin had ordered a blockade of the city, isolating the people of West Berlin, using hundreds of thousands of Red Army soldiers to close off all land and water access to the city He was gambling that he could drive out the small detachments of American, British, and French occupation troops, because their only option was to stay and watch Berliners starve or retaliate by starting World War III The situation was impossible, Truman was told by his national security advisers, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff His answer We stay in Berlin Period That was when the phones started ringing and local police began banging on doors to deliver telegrams to the vets Drawing on service records and hundreds of interviews in the United States, Germany, and Great Britain, Reeves tells the stories of these civilian airmen, the successors to Stephen Ambrose s Citizen Soldiers, ordinary Americans again called to extraordinary tasks They did the impossible, living in barns and muddy tents, flying over Soviet occupied territory day and night, trying to stay awake, making it up as they went along and ignoring Russian fighters and occasional anti aircraft fire trying to drive them to hostile ground. Download Daring Young Men author Richard Reeves – wildweaves.co.uk

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  1. An interesting read of an often forgotten time This book had some strong points and some weaknesses It did good job of explaining the politics of the airlift and surrounding events from both sides In that way it showed that the airlift could really be considered the opening salvo of the Cold War It s weakness seemed to be in the way it was organized The chapters were chronological, but still seemed all over the place, and some times repetitive This may have partly been due to the n...

  2. I usually don t read non fiction for relaxing at night, but this book was available and I thought the topic would be interesting However, I found the treatment rather superficial and the book much too long It was mostly a bunch of repetitive one or two paragraph vignettes that made their point after the first few There was almost noting on the national politics or decision makers of the principal countries In fairness to the author, the book was focused on the Daring Young Men, but it actu I usually don t read non fiction for relaxing at night, but this book was available and I thought the topic would be interesting However, I found the treatment rather superficial and the book much too long It was mostly a bunch of repetitive one or two paragraph vignettes that made their point after the first few There was almost noting on the nationa...

  3. This was the perfect book to read to learnabout the Berlin Airlift What an amazing story I really appreciated getting to read about something really wonderful the US did for a people who were very recently their mortal enemy.See also the podcast on this page.My favorite passage A woman living in West Berlin during the airlift wrote, after the besieged citizens voted down the Soviet political party An admirable result considering that this decision most likely will have to be paid fo This was the perfect book to read to learnabout the Berlin Airlift What an amazing story I really appreciated getting to read about something really wonderful the U...

  4. The problems with this book are that it has no narrative flow There is no historical set up There is no sense of place The author seems to assume that you are smart enough to know the history of post war Europe Germany in particular and that is presumption that kills the book from the beginning There is too much re...

  5. The Berlin Airlift was in 1948, 49, and was the first open move in the Cold War President Harry Truman said, We stay in Berlin as the Soviets cut access to West Berlin which was isolated in East Germany after WWII So, this book tells the somewhat forgotten story of the heroic pilots who flew in food and medicine and fuel to West B...

  6. This is what I call a good book to read, especially if you know just a little about the Berlin airlift that took place June 1948 May 1949 There are many facts interviews and stories that are interesting This book does get bogged down at times and a bit difficult to follow at times the o...

  7. Berlin Air Lift story incredible A little disjointed and transactional I had no idea

  8. Most of us come through the school system with at least a vague understanding of what the Berlin Airlift was and why it existed Sadly for most of us, it s not something most history teachers spend a lot of time on There are some resoundingly good reasons you should read this, and merely filling holes left by the educational system isn t even the first reason.There are so many highly readable gripping stories here about American heroism and German courage that these accounts will stay with you Most of us come through the school system with at least a vague understanding of what the Berlin Airlift was and why it existed Sadly for most of us, it s not something most history teachers spend a lot of time on There are some resoundingly good reasons you should read this, and ...

  9. Another forgotten or often overlooked chapter in American history is the story of the Berlin Airlift It is a compelling story which demonstrates what incredible feats can be accomplished when the will and resolve are strong.Only three years after the end of World War II, Joseph Stalin ordered a blockade of West Berlin and enforced it by sending hundreds of thousands of Red Army soldiers to seal off all land, rail and waterway access A daring plan was hatched to supply Berlin by air Many advis Another forgotten or often overlooked chapter in American history is the story of the Berlin Airlift It is a compelling story which demonstrates what incredible feats can be accomplished when the will and resolve are strong.Only three years after the end of World War II, Joseph Stalin ordered a blockade of West Berlin and enforced it by sending hundreds of thousands of Red Army soldiers to seal off all land, rail and waterway access A daring plan was hatched to supply Berlin by air Many advisors scoffed at the idea and called it impossible but through the efforts of American, British and French pilots and support personnel, the impossible was accomplished.American veterans, who had returned home and established families and civilian lives, were called back into service Pilots, navigators, mechanics and other support personnel were ordered to report for duty, most with as little as 24 hours notice.Cargo planes were rounded up from around the globe...

  10. The intent of the Soviet s cutting the roads and railways from western Germany to Berlin was to force out the Americans, British and French forces occupying the western portion of the city One aspect that I hadn t realized is that if the inhabitants of west Berlin were willing, they could have signed up for rations in the Soviet occupied eastern portion of the city Few were willing to do so Some food came in from the east through the black market in a city which was not yet physically divided The intent of the Soviet s cutting the roads and railways from western Germany to Berlin was to force out the Americans, British and French forces occupying the western portion of the city One aspect that I hadn t realized is that if the inhabitants of west Berlin were willing, they could have signed up for rations in the Soviet occupied eastern portion of the city Few were willing to do so Some food came in from the east through the black market in a city which was no...