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The Airlift Faulters: Morale Problems

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  By October 1948, despite the Allies best efforts and the Berliner's determination and willing to live under extraordinary hardships, it was becoming evident to the experts that the Airlift was slowly failing. Three factors contributed to the situation: inadequate assets, poor morale among Allied forces, and a major flaw in the command structure. This entry looks at the collapse in morale.   Although more difficult to quantify, a deterioration in morale   – particularly among USAF crews -- had an impact on the efficiency of the Airlift in the autumn of 1948. The initial enthusiasm had long since worn off, and the thrill of being part of a great historical event and the greatest humanitarian operation in living memory had been ground down by sheer exhaustion. Tunner was the first to admit that morale was lagging by the end of 1948. He pointed to three major problems. First and foremost was the sheer uncertainty associated with the assignment to Berlin which made planning i