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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, 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, 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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This week in the War, 12–18 April 1943: Murder in Katyn forest

This week in the war, on 13 April 1943, Radio Berlin announced a grisly discovery in Katyn forest, close to Smolensk. Upwards of 3,000 Polish officers were found buried in layers in a number of mass graves. The officers had … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 14–20 July 1941: Barbarossa 3—Hitler turns south

This week in the war, on 19 July 1941, Hitler ordered Panzergruppe II and the German Second Army to  turn south and link with Panzergruppe I in a pincer movement to surround Kiev and the Soviet 5th Army. The manoeuvre … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 18–24 November 1940: Hungary, Romania & Slovakia join the Tripartite Pact

This week in the war, three more countries joined the German-Italian-Japanese ‘Axis’ by signing the Tripartite Pact: Hungary (20 November 1940), Romania (23 November 1940), and Slovakia (24 November 1940). Stalin had also been approached and was considering signing. Of … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 19–25 August 1940: Stalin settles a score

On the evening of 20 August 1940, the same day that Winston Churchill made his historic ‘Never in the field of human conflict…’ speech before the British House of Commons, a man armed with an ice pick entered a house … Continue reading

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