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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, 7–13 May 1945: VE-Day!

This week in the war saw an end to the war in Europe with the first Victory in Europe Day: 8 May. VE-Day has been celebrated on every 8 May since then. On 8 May 1945, in a speech to … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 29 Jan–4 Feb 1945: The Yalta conference

This week in the war saw the start of the Yalta conference between the big three, Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin. (De Gaulle was not invited.) The conference took place at Yalta in the Crimea between 4 and 11 February 1945. … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 25–31 December 1944: Christmas Day in Athens

Winston Churchill was enjoying a family Christmas Eve—which included the gift of a Christmas tree from President Roosevelt—when, after reading the last of the day’s telegrams, the Prime Minister realized that the situation in Greece required his urgent attention. This week … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 27 March–2 April 1944: Romania at the crossroads

This week in the war, on 27 March 1944, Prime Minister Winston Churchill summarized the current state of the conflict in a radio broadcast on the BBC. He spoke of the military successes of the Soviet army and of the resulting … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 29 Nov–5 Dec 1943: The Second Cairo Conference

Following closely after the Tehran Conference, Churchill and Roosevelt met once again in Cairo, at what would be the Second Cairo Conference. It started this week in the war, on 4 December 1943. The Turkish president, Ismet Inönü, was also … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 22–28 November 1943: The Tehran conference

This week in the war, 28 November 1943, saw the start of the Tehran conference where the ‘Big Three,’ Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met to confer on the future conduct of the war. (Rumours—all unsubstantiated—have persisted that SS officer Otto Skorzeny … Continue reading

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