In this post I’m going to talk about one of the most important and complex triumphs of logistics and how it meant the survival of a city.
The Berlin blockade was one of the most important events after the Second World War. During the Soviet occupation the Soviet army blocked Berlin’s communications as it was within its territory. In order to provide supplies, the Allies thought of creating an air bridge between the Allied zones and Berlin, but the logistics behind this were extremely complex.
To give a caliber of the figures that were shuffled in order to provide the city with resources.
The daily distribution to supply the population had to be of:
646 tons of flour and wheat, 125 tons of cereal, 64 tons of fat, 109 tons of meat and fish, 180 tons of dehydrated potatoes, 180 tons of sugar, 11 tons of coffee, 19 tons of powdered milk, 5 tons of whole milk for children, 3 tons of fresh yeast for baking, 144 tons of dehydrated vegetables, 38 tons of salt and 10 tons of cheese. In all, 1,534 tons were required each day to sustain the over two million people of Berlin. Additionally, for heat and power, 3,475 tons of coal, diesel and petrol were also required daily.
The operations starts on June 1948 and by the end of August the operation was a success, with more than 1500 daily flights providing around 4500 tons of supplies.
The operation showed that despite the difficulty was reported that almost 9,000 tons of supplies were delivered each day with a total 2 million tons delivered by the time the blockade was lifted. According to reports, there was a cargo plane landing every 30 seconds.