The Quadrant Conference: August 1943

The Quadrant Conference: August 1943
The Quadrant Conference: August 1943
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The third historic meeting of Allied leaders in 1943 (Casablanca and Trident occurred earlier in the year), the Quadrant Conference (also called the Quebec Conference) was held from August 14 to 24 in Quebec City, Canada. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British prime minister Winston S. Churchill, and the Combined Chiefs of Staff attended the conference, and Canadian prime minister Mackenzie King served as host.

The opening of a second front in northern France, code-named Operation Overlord, was extensively discussed at the conference. Ultimately, the Allied leaders decided that Overlord was to be the main effort in Europe for the next year, with a target invasion date of May 1, 1944. In the Pacific, one important decision reached at Quadrant was the establishment of the Southeast Asia Command in the China-Burma-India Theater. Another major Allied focus in the Pacific was planning strategic bombing operations for the defeat of Japan using B-29 Superfortresses.

Quadrant was one in a series of high-level conferences held by the US and British leaders in Washington, DC; Casablanca; Quebec; Cairo; Tehran; Malta; Yalta; and Potsdam to formulate the Allied grand strategy. At the Tehran, Yalta, and Potsdam conferences, the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was also in attendance and played an important role.

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