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Agreements and Disagreements at the Tehran Conference

At the Tehran Conference, which took place from November 28 to December 1, 1943, the leaders of the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union convened to discuss the progress of World War II and agree upon a strategy for defeating Nazi Germany.

The conference was held at the Soviet Embassy in Tehran, Iran, and was attended by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. Despite the challenges that arose during the conference, there were several agreements and disagreements that emerged from the meetings.

Agreements

One of the major agreements reached at the Tehran Conference was the decision to launch the D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. The leaders agreed to begin military operations in May 1944, with the goal of opening up a second front in Europe and putting pressure on Germany from both the east and the west.

Another agreement made at the conference was to form a United Nations organization after the war, aimed at promoting international peace and security. This marked the beginning of the post-war international order and laid the groundwork for the formation of the UN in 1945.

Disagreements

Despite the significant agreements made at the conference, there were also several disagreements among the leaders. One major disagreement was over the future of Poland. While Churchill and Roosevelt wanted to maintain the country`s independence, Stalin wanted to annex parts of Poland and establish a Soviet-backed government.

Another area of disagreement was over the Soviet Union`s role in the war against Japan. Stalin agreed to enter the war against Japan once Germany had been defeated, but he wanted concessions in return, such as control over the Kuril Islands and the Manchurian railroad.

Lastly, there were disagreements over the opening of a second front in Europe. Stalin had been pushing for an earlier invasion of Europe, but Churchill and Roosevelt felt that they needed more time to prepare. This delay led to increased tensions between the Soviet Union and the Allies, and raised concerns about Stalin`s commitment to the war effort.

Conclusion

The Tehran Conference was a significant moment in the history of World War II, marking the first time that the leaders of the major Allied powers had met in person to discuss strategy. While there were several agreements reached at the conference, there were also disagreements that would have long-term implications for the post-war world. Nonetheless, the conference laid the groundwork for future cooperation among the Allies and set the stage for their ultimate victory over Nazi Germany.

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