On this Day – Construction of Berlin Wall Starts
Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday Moment! I hope you’re doing well and are up for a historical post because here one comes. This post is about the Berlin Wall construction.
Berlin Wall Construction
The construction of this infamous wall started on August 13, 1961. The Berlin Wall was commissioned to be built by the Communist government of Germany. The officials said that the Berlin Wall was to keep the western “fascists” out of East Berlin, but it was really there to prevent the eastern people from leaving. The Berlin Wall construction took two weeks, and it was made of barbed wire and concrete. On the east side, there was a so-called “Death Strip”: a gauntlet of soft sand (to show footprints), floodlights, vicious dogs, trip-wire machine guns and patrolling soldiers with orders to shoot escapees on sight. I can imagine it must’ve been very frightening.
The Russians decided to run the Allies out of West Germany, so they started a blockade. However, the Americans just dropped supplies from the air. This effort, known as the Berlin Airlift, lasted for more than a year. They delivered more than 2.3 million tons of food, fuel, and other goods to West Berlin. The Soviets called off the blockade in 1949.
In total from 1961, until the wall came down in 1989, more than 5,000 East Germans (including some 600 border guards) managed to cross the border by jumping out of windows adjacent to the wall, climbing over the barbed wire, flying in hot air balloons, crawling through the sewers and driving through unfortified parts of the wall at high speeds. However, 171 people were killed trying to get over, under or around the Berlin Wall. The conditions of East Germany during the time of the Berlin Wall must’ve been awful that even the border guards wanted to escape.
Thanks for reading, Sparkles! I hope you’re having a good day, and that you will come back Wednesday for an encouraging post on my Godly Woman with Mrs. Jean Moore, one of my mother’s old friends. Sparkles away!