Roosevelt's role as Commander-in-Chief seemed to be preferable to him to his role as President–he preferred to be introduced as the former at official dinners and functions. He left most tactical matters to his able military advisors, but participated in larger questions of strategy, often conferring with Stalin and Churchill personally. The close relationship between Churchill and Roosevelt was crucial to the success of the Allies. Because the Soviet Union was bearing the brunt of Germany's forces in Europe, Stalin repeatedly asked the Allies to open another European front rather than limiting their fighting to Africa. Roosevelt mollified Stalin by promising that the Allies would accept nothing less than an unconditional surrender from Germany; that is, they would not leave the war with the Soviet Union still fighting the Germans. In November of 1943, Churchill and Roosevelt traveled to Tehran to meet with Stalin for
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