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This week in the War, 30 July–5 August 1945: King George and President Truman meet at Plymouth

This week in the war, off the coast of Plymouth, England, President Harry S. Truman, en route home from the Potsdam Conference aboard the USS Augusta, met with King George VI, who was on board the British battlecruiser HMS Renown. The atomic bomb … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 23–29 July 1945: Clement Attlee becomes prime minister of Great Britain

In the July general election, the British Labour Party had won its first majority in British history and, this week in the war, on 26 July 1945, Clement Attlee became the first Labour prime minister of Great Britain. The Labour Party’s … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 16–22 July 1945: Opening of the Potsdam conference

The Potsdam conference opened this week in the war, on 17 July 1945. Three countries participated: The Soviet Union—represented by Joseph Stalin, the United States—represented by Harry S. Truman (who had become president following the death of President Roosevelt), and … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 9–15 July 1945: Preparing to invade Japan

This week in the war, on 15 July 1945, the first contingent of American troops that had been serving in Europe boarded their ship in Naples, Italy, and set sail for Japan. The invasion of the Japanese homeland had been set for … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 2–8 July 1945: Ivan Lyon and Z Force

This week in the war saw the final and sad end of Lieutenant Colonel Ivan Lyon’s Z Force. Since the fall of Singapore, Lyon had served with special forces (British, Australian and Free French) that were fighting behind the Japanese … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 25 June–1 July 1945: The San Francisco Conference

A photograph of future Canadian prime minister, Lester B. Pearson, addressing delegates at the San Francisco Conference is fitting for Canada Day, 1 July. The United Nations Conference on International Organization, which had opened on 26 April 1945, ended two … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 18–24 June 1945: The marshal and the stallion

June was the month for victory parades in places as far apart as Moscow and Rangoon. This week in the war, on 24 June 1945, Marshal Georgy Zhukov rode his white stallion, Idol, in a gigantic march-past in Moscow’s Red … Continue reading

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