Publication: Dundee Courier

Full Citation

  • Title Soviet Order Signed to End Blockade
  • Publication Title Dundee Courier
  • Collection Dundee Courier
  • Date Tuesday,  May 10, 1949
  • Issue Number 29932
  • Page Number 3
  • Place of Publication Dundee, Scotland
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library British Library
SOVIET ORDER SIGNED TO END BLOCKADE British Army Train First For Berlin 12,000 Tons Daily If Track Can Stand Traffic An Order signed by the Soviet Military Governor, General Chuikov, last night confirmed that the Berlin blockade will be lifted on Thursday morning at one minute past midnight in accordance with Western preparations. — The first train into Berlin will be a British military one, due to cross the zonal frontier at Helmstedt at 1.4 a.m. Three more trains will follow within six hours. The first British passenger train to the city for 13 months will steam into Charlotten- burg Station about 6 a.m-, carrying Control Commission officials, journalists, and a small quantity of freight. A British military government traffic official sAid they were planning to send a daily maximum of six passenger trains and 16 goods trains into Berlin. One of the passenger trains will be a British military one. There will also be two American military trains, ' a third American military train running twice weekly, a French train opera- ting twice a week, and a daily German civilian train. It was hoped 12,000 tons of goods would be brought in each day, but owing to ignor- ance of the state of the track it was not yet certain whether this could be done. ROAD PRECAUTIONS No army lorries or cars will be allowed along the autobahn to Berlin until military police and Royal Engineers have patrolled its whole length, inspecting bridges and making sure the road is safe. Special squads of Royal Engineers and R.A.S.C. men arrived in Berlin by plane during the week-end to help in handling the lorry convoys which will rush supplies into the city as soon as the barriers go up. Relief From Boredom The end of the blockade will also end '0 months of dreary boredom for the British and American troops posted at the highway checkpoint at the edge o£ the Grunewald, oufside Berlin. Gunner John Armstrong, of Salford, said yesterday: "We get so bored of sitting n our hut here with nothing to do except listen to the radio and smoke. It will be a pleasure to see a spot of life." His smile faded a bit, and he sought io- assurance: " The blockade is going up, as they say in the papers, isn't it? We have heard nothing about it from our head- quarters." Outside the hut, which is on a rebuilt canal bridge, two horse-drawn waggons, each with three Germans aboard, carried a load of milk away in the direction of Berlin after a brief check-up with the Western-controlled German police. DODGED RUSSIANS " Those fellows have dodged in through the wood without passing the Russian check- point, which is some hundred yards round the corner," said Sergeant Robert Jinkins, of Merkel, Texas. " Quite a lot of guys smuggle in stuff this way. They mostly carry mil'k and potatoes. I don't think the Russians try very hard to stop them." Inside the room marked " French," German workmen were cleaning up and painting the walls. When the blockade began the French military police abandoned the checkpoint and left the checking of French traffic to their American colleagues. They are expected back to-morrow. U.N. CHIEF APPEALS TO BIG FOUR Mr Trygve Lie, U.N. Secretary General, last night urged the Great Powers to follow the road of conciliation in their dispute over Germany. Speaking at a New York dinner of the American Association for the I, nitod Nations, given in honour of Palestine mediator, Dr Bunche, Air Lie said: " hat conciliation has accomplished in the conflict over Palestine, it can also accomplish in the Great Power conflict over Germany. " That is the road that has, in fact, been followed in reaching the agreement to lift the Berlin blockades, and to call the Council Ministers back into session. " Let us hope that ail concerned will not again stray from this United Nations' way, the only road to lasting peace, no matter how rough and rocky it may seem to be.''