Today In History- August 17

Today In History- August 17


First Québec Conference of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King begins.

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Quebec Conference convenes to plan Allied offensive strategy.

  • Quebec City, Quebec

Following increased German offensive action, on August 17, 1943, Allied leaders from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada met at the First Quebec Conference to discuss potential Allied military action during World War Two.  Among other topics addressed, the main concerns were over the increase of bombing efforts against Germany, and the increase in infantry manpower in Britain prior to the Allied invasion of occupied France in 1944.  Prime Minister Winston Churchill was particularly adamant about the withdrawl of Italy from the Axis powers, an event that would occur later in 1943 with the death of Benito Mussolini.  The Conference was an important planning event for the top Allied nations.

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