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Formation of the Eastern Bloc After World War II the rise of communism spread across Europe. The Soviet Union looked to spread it's influence to counter NATO. Fell apart with the decline of the Soviet Union in the 1990s
Postwar occupation and division of Germany After the German surrender of WWII the country was divided into four zones. United States, Britain, France, and the USSR controlled one. The purpose was to maintain a working government.
Berlin Blockade and Airlift (June 26, 1948) After attempts to unify German, USSR withdrew from the Allied Control Council (ACC) US and Britain began dropping food and supplies into Berlin despite USSR opposition One of the first instances of tension between USSR and the Western Powers
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