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FOREIGN OFFICE FILES: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Series Three: The Cold War

Part 1: The Berlin Crisis, 1947-1950

Contents of Reels

FO 371/70489-70528: General Correspondence:


Political Situation in Berlin; Soviet blockade of access to Berlin; Currency difficulties of Western Powers; Retaliatory Measures; Airlift to Berlin. 1948.

REEL 1


FO 371/70489 Papers: 12 January 1948 - 11 March 1948
FO 371/70490 Papers: 12 March 1948 - 8 April 1948
FO 371/70491 Papers: 9 April 1948 - 24 April 1948
FO 371/70492 Papers: 24 April 1948 - 5 May 1948
FO 371/70493 Papers: 5 May 1948 - 5 June 1948
FO 371/70494 Papers: 8 June 1948 - 18 June 1948
FO 371/70495 Papers: 18 June 1948 - 28 June 1948

REEL 2


FO 371/70496 Papers: 26 June 1948 - 28 June 1948
FO 371/70497 Papers: 28 June 1948 - 29 June 1948
FO 371/70498 Papers: 29 June 1948 - 2 July 1948
FO 371/70499 Papers: 2 July 1948 - 5 July 1948
FO 371/70500 Papers: 5 July 1948 - 17 July 1948

REEL 3


FO 371/70501 Papers: 7 July 1948 - 12 July 1948
FO 371/70502 Papers: 13 July 1948 - 20 July 1948
FO 371/70503 Papers: 20 July 1948 - 27 July 1948
FO 371/70504 Papers: 27 July 1948 - 31 July 1948

REEL 4


FO 371/70505 Papers: 31 July 1948 - 7 August 1948
FO 371/70506 Papers: 7 August 1948 - 11 August 1948
FO 371/70507 Papers: 12 August 1948 - 14 August 1948
FO 371/70508 Papers: 14 August 1948 - 18 August 1948

REEL 5


FO 371/70509 Papers: 18 August 1948 - 23 August 1948
FO 371/70510 Papers: 23 August 1948 - 27 August 1948
FO 371/70511 Papers: 27 August 1948 - 31 August 1948
FO 371/70512 Papers: 1 September 1948 - 7 September 1948

REEL 6


FO 371/70513 Papers: 7 September 1948 - 10 September 1948
FO 371/70514 Papers: 10 September 1948 - 14 September 1948
FO 371/70515 Papers: 15 September 1948 - 20 September 1948
FO 371/70516 Papers: 20 September 1948 - 28 September 1948

REEL 7


FO 371/70517 Papers: 28 September 1948 - 4 October 1948
FO 371/70518 Papers: 6 October 1948 - 12 October 1948
FO 371/70519 Papers: 12 October 1948 - 20 October 1948
FO 371/70520 Papers: 21 October 1948 - 3 November 1948
FO 371/70521 Papers: 27 October 1948 - 7 November 1948
FO 371/70522 Papers: 10 November 1948 - 17 November 1948
FO 371/70523 Papers: 18 November 1948 - 23 November 1948

REEL 8


FO 371/70524 Papers: 23 November 1948 - 29 November 1948
FO 371/70525 Papers: 26 November 1948 - 3 December 1948
FO 371/70526 Papers: 2 December 1948 - 11 December 1948
FO 371/70527 Papers: 11 December 1948 - 16 December 1948
FO 371/70528 Papers: 13 December 1948 - 29 December 1948

FO 371/76537-76562: General Correspondence: Political


Berlin currency and trade; Russian blockade of West Berlin and Western countermeasures; Berlin railway strike; Municipal elections of December 1948; Berlin Airlift; Transport situation; Evacuation of Jews; Administration of Western Berlin; Status of Berlin. 1949.

REEL 9


FO 371/76537 Papers: 31 December 1948 - 1 January 1949
FO 371/76538 Papers: 5 January 1949 - 10 January 1949
FO 371/76539 Papers: 7 January 1949 - 17 January 1949
FO 371/76540 Papers: 16 January 1949 - 20 January 1949
FO 371/76541 Papers: 14 January 1949 - 27 January 1949
FO 371/76542 Papers: 26 January 1949 - 3 February 1949

REEL 10


FO 371/76543 Papers: 3 February 1949 - 8 February 1949
FO 371/76544 Papers: 7 February 1949 - 16 February 1949
FO 371/76545 Papers: 1 February 1949 - 23 February 1949
FO 371/76546 Papers: 22 February 1949 - 1 March 1949
FO 371/76547 Papers: 1 March 1949 - 10 March 1949
FO 371/76548 Papers: 10 March 1949 - 18 March 1949

REEL 11


FO 371/76549 Papers: 24 February 1949 - 31 March 1949
FO 371/76550 Papers: 4 April 1949 - 4 May 1949
FO 371/76551 Papers: 3 May 1949 - 12 May 1949
FO 371/76552 Papers: 12 May 1949 - 16 May 1949
FO 371/76553 Papers: 16 May 1949 - 25 May 1949
FO 371/76554 Papers: 25 May 1949 - 2 June 1949
FO 371/76555 Papers: 1 June 1949 - 10 June 1949
FO 371/76556 Papers: 11 June 1949 - 25 June 1949

REEL 12


FO 371/76557 Papers: 4 June 1949 - 15 July 1949
FO 371/76558 Papers: 15 July 1949 - 9 September 1949
FO 371/76559 Papers: 11 September 1949 - 14 October 1949
FO 371/76560 Papers: 15 October 1949 - 10 November 1949
FO 371/76561 Papers: 7 November 1949 - 28 November 1949
FO 371/76562 Papers: 5 December 1949 - 24 December 1949


FO 371/84975-84994: General Correspondence: Political
Russian blockade of West Berlin and Western counter measures; Russian difficulties about the Berlin railway and traffic delays and hold-ups on the Autobahns; Western proposals to retaliate via trade channels. 1950.

REEL 13


FO 371/84975 Papers: 2 January 1950 - 22 January 1950
FO 371/84976 Papers: 24 January 1950 - 6 February 1950
FO 371/84977 Papers: 6 February 1950 - 10 February 1950
FO 371/84978 Papers: 9 February 1950 - 16 February 1950
FO 371/84979 Papers: 14 February 1950 - 25 February 1950
FO 371/84980 Papers: 23 February 1950 - 8 March 1950
FO 371/84981 Papers: 7 March 1950 - 19 March 1950

REEL 14


FO 371/84982 Papers: 17 March 1950 - 1 April 1950
FO 371/84983 Papers: 31 March 1950 - 13 April 1950
FO 371/84984 Papers: 18 April 1950 - 28 April 1950
FO 371/84985 Papers: 1 May 1950 - 10 May 1950
FO 371/84986 Papers: 12 May 1950 - 25 May 1950
FO 371/84987 Papers: 25 May 1950 - 11 June 1950
FO 371/84988 Papers: 10 June 1950 - 20 June 1950
FO 371/84989 Papers: 19 June 1950 - 21 July 1950

REEL 15


FO 371/84990 Papers: 21 July 1950 - 15 August 1950
FO 371/84991 Papers: 16 August 1950 - 19 September 1950
FO 371/84992 Papers: 21 September 1950 - 1 November 1950
FO 371/84993 Papers: 2 November 1950 - 23 November 1950
FO 371/84994 Papers: 24 November 1950 - 28 December 1950

Other Foreign Office files relating to the Berlin Airlift. 1948-1949.

FO 371: General Correspondence: Political

REEL 16


FO 371/70479 Soviet plans for a German Central Government; Anti-Communist activity in Germany;
Soviet breaches of Four Power Agreement on Germany.

FO 371/70488A Political and Economic Reports: Germany: 16 August 1948 - 1 October 1948.


FO 371/70488B Political and Economic Reports: Germany: 2 October 1948 - 26 October 1948.


FO 371/70488C Political and Economic Reports: Germany: 22 October 1948 - 29 November 1948.


FO 371/70488D Political and Economic Reports: Germany: 25 November 1948 - 31 December 1948.

REEL 17


FO 371/70529 Minutes of 163rd Meeting of the Conference of the Military Governor, Berlin, 9 December 1948.


FO 371/70530 Future of Europe. German views on Franco-German relations. French views on Franco-German relations. French views on Franco-British relations concerning German affairs.


FO 371/70531 Minutes of Meetings of Commandants, Berlin, December 1947 - May 1948.

Soviet abolition of the Allied Komandatura. (Folder 1).


FO 371/70532 Minutes of Meetings of Commandants, Berlin, December 1947 - May 1948.
Soviet abolition of the Allied Komandatura. (Folder 2).


FO 371/70533 Minutes of Meetings of Commandants, Berlin, December 1947 - May 1948.
Soviet abolition of the Allied Komandatura. (Folder 3).


FO 371/70534 Minutes of Meetings of Commandants, Berlin, December 1947 - May 1948.
Soviet abolition of the Allied Komandatura. (Folder 4).

REEL 18


FO 371/70535 Minutes of Meetings of Commandants, Berlin, December 1947 - May 1948.
Soviet abolition of the Allied Komandatura. (Folder 5).


FO 371/70536 Minutes of Meetings of Commandants, Berlin, December 1947 - May 1948.

Soviet abolition of the Allied Komandatura. (Folder 6).


FO 371/70613A Weekly Intelligence Reports from Berlin, December 1947 - November 1948. (Folder 1).


FO 371/70613B Weekly Intelligence Reports from Berlin, December 1947 - November 1948. (Folder 2).


FO 371/70700 UN Security Council debates on Berlin, 1948.

REEL 19


FO 371/76569 Future political structure of Germany:
Three-Power Conference on the Occupation Statute for Germany. Tripartite agreement on Control of the Western Sectors of Berlin. Discussions between Bevin and Adenauer. Berlin Airlift.


FO 371/76577 Future political structure of Germany:
Three-Power Conference on the Occupation Statute for Germany. Tripartite agreement on Control of the
Western Sectors of Berlin. Discussions between Bevin and Acheson; views on Soviet intentions;
Reactions to UK policy.


FO 371/76587 Future political structure of Germany:
Three-Power Conference on the Occupation Statute for Germany. Tripartite agreement on Control of the
Western Sectors of Berlin. Lifting of Counter Blockade.


FO 371/76588 Future political structure of Germany:
Three-Power Conference on the Occupation Statute for Germany. Tripartite agreement on Control of the
Western Sectors of Berlin. Lifting of Counter Blockade.


FO 371/76589 Future political structure of Germany:
Three-Power Conference on the Occupation Statute for Germany. Tripartite agreement on Control of the
Western Sectors of Berlin. Basic Law. Lifting of Counter Blockade.

REEL 20


FO 371/76590 Future political structure of Germany:
Three-Power Conference on the Occupation Statute for Germany. Tripartite agreement on Control of the
Western Sectors of Berlin. Basic Law. Soviet intentions after lifting of the blockade.


FO 371/76678 Berlin weekly political summaries, January-June 1949. (Folder 1).


FO 371/76679 Berlin weekly political summaries, January-June 1949. (Folder 2).


FO 371/76695 Minutes of Meetings of the Conference of the Military Governor, December 1948-August 1949: Berlin Series. (Folder 1).


FO 371/76696 Minutes of Meetings of the Conference of the Military Governor, December 1948-August 1949: Berlin Series. (Folder 2).

FO 1010: Control Commission for Germany:
CCG (BE) Regional Records for Lower Saxony.


FO 1010/63 Combined Airlift Task Force, 1948-1949.

FO 1012: Control Commission for Germany:
CCG (BE) Regional Records for Berlin.


FO 1012/298 GOC: airlift policy instructions, 1949.


FO 1012/299 Effect of the blockade on unemployment, 1949.

REEL 21


FO 1012/309 Lifting of the Berlin blockade, 1949.
FO 1012/341 Raising of the blockade, 1949.
FO 1012/342 Emergency Working Party on problems resulting from the blockade, 1948.
FO 1012/561 Berlin Airlift, 1949.
FO 1012/562 Operation "Plainfare": general data, 1948. (Folder 1).
FO 1012/563 Operation "Plainfare": general data, 1948. (Folder 2).
FO 1012/566 Counter blockade measures, 1948.
FO 1012/567 Berlin Airlift, 1948.
FO 1012/568 Berlin Airlift: low estimate, 1948.
FO 1012/569 Airlift requirement to March 1950.
FO 1012/571 Comparisons of British and US airlift requirements, April 1949-March 1950.
FO 1012/572 Establishment of Air Corridors between Berlin and the Western Zones, 1948-1949.
FO 1012/575 Berlin Blockade Economy Committee: Agenda, Minutes and Papers, 1948-1949.
FO 1012/576 Berlin Blockade Economy Committee: Correspondence, 1948-1949.

REEL 22

FO 1036: Control Commission for Germany: Office of the Economic Advisor.

FO 1036/244 Berlin Airlift: long-term policy and planning.

FO 1049: Control Commission for Germany: Political Division.
FO 1049/1507 Berlin transport situation. (Folder 1).
FO 1049/1508 Berlin transport situation. (Folder 2).
FO 1049/1509 Berlin transport situation. (Folder 3).

FO 1082: Control Commission for Germany:


FO 1082/1 Control Commission for Germany:
A Glossary of Abbreviations, contractions, code names and other terms.

AIR files relating to the Berlin Airlift. 1948-1949.

AIR 2: Ministry of Defence (Air Ministry): Registered Papers
AIR 2/10063 Berlin Airlift: Operation "Plainfare" policy and report. (Folder 1).
AIR 2/10064 Berlin Airlift: Operation "Plainfare" policy and report. (Folder 2).

REEL 23


AIR 2/10573 Working Party on the civil contribution to Operation "Plainfare".

AIR 20: Ministry of Defence (Air Ministry): Unregistered Papers
AIR 20/7803 Berlin Airlift Co-ordinating committee: decisions.
AIR 20/7804 Planning and assessment of past performance.
AIR 20/7806 Lifting of blockade.
AIR 20/7810 Combined USAF and RAF airlink task force: establishment of HQ and organisation.
AIR 20/7814 Airlift of materials for Berlin West Power station.
AIR 20/7825 Weekly statistical summaries.

AIR 38: RAF Ferry and Transport Command
AIR 38/299 Combined Airlift Task Force: policy, 1948-1949.
AIR 38/377 Report on activities of Combined Airlift Task Force: Berlin Airlift, 1948-1949.
AIR 38/378 Report on activities of Combined Airlift Task Force: Berlin Airlift: routes and procedures, 1948-1949.

REEL 24

AIR 55: British Air Forces of Occupation (BAFO)
AIR 55/98 Operation "Plainfare": General review of activities: reports and memoranda, 1948-1949.
AIR 55/99 Operation "Plainfare": maintenance, 1948-1949.
AIR 55/100 Operation "Plainfare": planning, 1948-1949.
AIR 55/106 Statistical summary of Operation "Plainfare", 1949.
AIR 55/107 Operation "Plainfare": additional tables, 1950.
AIR 55/108 Operation "Plainfare": a short history of RAF Celle, 1949.
AIR 55/110 Operation "Plainfare": statistical summaries: BAFO, 1949.

REEL 25


AIR 55/111 Final Report on the Berlin Airlift, 1949-1950.
AIR 55/118 Operation "Plainfare": rear airfield supply organisation (pictorial record): RAF Lubeck, 1948-1949.
AIR 55/218 Berlin Airlift: long-term plans, 1949.
AIR 55/219 Lifting of the Blockade of Berlin, 1949.
AIR 55/220 Joint plans for reintroduction of Berlin Airlift, 1949-1950.

REEL 26

DEFE files relating to the Berlin Airlift. 1948-1949.
DEFE 7: Ministry of Defence: Registered Files: General Series.
DEFE 7/2051 Berlin Airlift. Execution and further planning, 1948-1956.

DEFE 11: Chiefs of Staff Committee: Registered Files.
DEFE 11/284 Berlin situation reports, 1949-1952.

War Office files relating to the Berlin Airlift. 1948-1949.

WO 32: War Office: Registered Files: General Series.
WO 32/12671 Army Operational Research Group Study of "Operation Plainfare". 1948.

PREM files relating to the Berlin Airlift. 1948-1949.

PREM 8: Prime Minister's Private Office: Attlee's Papers


PREM 8/989 General Situation in Western Germany. Discussions on establishment of a Western German Government, 1949.


PREM 8/990 Summary of achievements of the Berlin Airlift. 1949.

Setting up of Working Party to co-ordinate civilian aircraft with RAF.


PREM 8/1153 Soviet Union's intentions in Berlin; possible interference with the Berlin Airlift; Talks and exchange of information with the United States.

CAB files relating to the Berlin Airlift. 1948-1949.

CAB 21: Cabinet Committee on Germany: Registered Files
CAB 21/1881 Conditions in Germany, 1948. Berlin Situation. Moscow Discussions.

REEL 27


CAB 21/1882 Berlin Supply Position: Papers for June-August 1948.
CAB 21/1883 Berlin Supply Position: Papers for September-December 1948.
CAB 21/1884 Berlin Supply Position: Papers for January-July 1949.

REEL 28


CAB 21/1885 Situation in Berlin: Papers for 17 June 1948-15 July 1948.
CAB 21/1886 Situation in Berlin: Papers for 16 July 1948-31 July 1948.
CAB 21/1887 Situation in Berlin: Papers for 1 August 1948-15 August 1948.

REEL 29


CAB 21/1888 Situation in Berlin: Papers for 16 August 1948-31 August 1948.
CAB 21/1889 Situation in Berlin: Papers for September 1948.
CAB 21/1890 Situation in Berlin: Papers for October 1948.

REEL 30


CAB 21/1891 Situation in Berlin: Papers for November-December 1948.
CAB 21/1892 Situation in Berlin: Papers for 5 January 1949-12 May 1949.

Treasury files relating to the Berlin Airlift. 1948-1949.

T 236: Overseas Finance Division: Files
T 236/1025 Germany: Expenditure on Berlin Airlift, 1948-1949
T 236/1026 Germany: Expenditure on Berlin Airlift, 1948-1949

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