Second Washington Conference

20 Jun 1942 - 23 Jun 1942


ww2dbaseOn 19 Jun 1942 Winston Churchill landed at Anacostia Naval Air Base then traveled by US Navy plane to the state of New York, United States to meet with Franklin Roosevelt at his Hyde Park home on 20 Jun. While at Hyde Park, the two leaders agreed to give the cross-channel invasion a high priority, and also to pick up equal responsibility to the atomic weapon research. They both also agreed that their countries were not ready for such a cross-channel invasion at that time, and they would not be ready for the remainder of 1942. On the next day, the two leaders traveled by train to Washington, D.C. to continue their meeting, but only to be informed of the defeat at Tobruk in North Africa; "[w]hat can we do to help?", asked Roosevelt as he learned the news, suggesting that the Americans would assist their British allies militarily in the North Africa theater.

ww2dbaseAfter two days of meetings, Churchill went by train to Camp Jackson, South Carolina, and observed a parachute jump exercise. He returned to Washington on 25 Jun and returned to Britain.


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16 Jun 1942 Winston Churchill departed England, United Kingdom aboard a transport aircraft for the United States.
17 Jun 1942 Winston Churchill and Alan Brooke arrived in Washington DC, United States to finalise the Anglo-American strategy for 1942-1943.
20 Jun 1942 Winston Churchill arrived at Franklin Roosevelt's home at Hyde Park, New York, United States to discuss US-UK cooperation. The two leaders agreed to give the crossing of the English Channel a priority, and that the two nations would assist each other in atomic weapons research.
25 Jun 1942 At the conclusion of the Second Washington Conference, Roosevelt and Churchill decided to combine the atomic bomb research efforts of US and UK, among other topics of discussion. As Tobruk in North Africa fell under Axis control, Churchill headed back to Britain, pondering a shift in command in North Africa in order for him to maintain his political power in London.

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1. Jeff Shear says:
19 Sep 2012 03:53:14 PM

Anyone find it strange that Churchill launched so hurried a trip to DC, after inviting himself to the White House six months earlier, for Christmas; that he flew into Anacostia Airbase when the President was away at Hyde Park; that was in such a rush even though Britain's position in Africa was desperate; and that he was in Washington when Tobruk fell; that he came to argue (yes, as he says, tube alloys) for a U.S. invasion of French North Africa; and that the Vichy French embassy (then neutral) was broken into three times between the 19th and 23rd and the French naval codes were stolen?

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