The Berlin blockade (24 June 1948 – 12 May 1949) was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. The Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies’ railway, road and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under Allied control.
Their aim was to force the western powers to allow the Soviet zone to start supplying Berlin with food and fuel, thereby giving the Soviets practical control over the entire city.
In response, the Western Allies organised the Berlin airlift to carry supplies to the people in West Berlin. (Extracted from Wikipedia).
This cover was produced to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the start of the airlift.
A gold 26ᵖ stamp is cancelled by an exclusive BFPS 1948 Special Handstamp. The BFPS number represents the year of the commencement of the airlift.
The cover has been signed by The Rt. Hon. George Robertson MP, Secretary of State for Defence. A limited signed edition of 100 only. The Certified Copy number is stamped on the back of the cover.