The Teheran Conference and D

The Teheran Conference and D - On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the...

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The Teheran Conference and D-Day.  Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin, known as the Big Three, met for the first time at the  Teheran Conference in November 1943. They agreed that the cross-Channel invasion  would take place in the following spring along with a Russian offensive in the east. This  decision meant that while the British and American forces would control Western  Europe, Soviet troops would liberate Eastern Europe and would probably remain in  control there when the war ended. Stalin agreed that the Soviet Union would enter the  war against Japan after Germany was defeated, a pledge the United States believed  was critical to victory in the Pacific. The three leaders also discussed postwar Germany  and the formation of a new international organization to replace the League of Nations  but made no final decisions. 
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Unformatted text preview: On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the second front was finally opened when American, British, Canadian, and free-French forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in Operation Overlord. Although there was stiff resistance at Omaha Beach, the invasion surprised the Germans, who expected the attack to come at the narrower Channel crossing near Pas de Calais. The Allied troops broke out of the Normandy beachhead in July and drove toward Paris, which was liberated in August. At the same time, the Allies launched another invasion of southern France. By September, the German army was driven out of France and Belgium, but the Allied advance stalled late in the year because of a lack of supplies. On the eastern front, Soviet forces were poised to move into Germany in late 1944....
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