Following the war, Germany was divided into 4 occupational zones controlled by the U.S, Britain, France and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union demanded that Germany pay reparations and wanted them to be disarmed. The other countries, majorly the U.S. thought that wasn't a good idea and wanted to take a different course of action. Eventually, the U.S. cut off reparation shipments from their zone. Then, Britain, France and the U.S. all combined their zones, which was a threat to the Soviets. To respond, the Soviets blocked all roads and railroad lines to West Berlin (where these countries were) on June 24th. This is important because it shows how high the tension was regarding how to move forward post WW2.