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Quadrant Conference

14 Aug 1943 - 24 Aug 1943


ww2dbaseThe conference codenamed "Quadrant" was held in Quebec, Canada, three months after the conference "Trident", with largely similar topics as Trident. The British delegation, led by Winston Churchill, argued for a campaign in Italy to completely remove Italy from the war, while the Allied prepared for the invasion on France. The Americans wanted a decisive strike on France without diversions, ie. the Mediterranean actions the British wanted. As a result of this meeting, the Allied command decided that "Overlord", as it was now named, and the Italian campaign would both proceed as planned, but resources would be given to Overlord in terms of priority. It was also decided that an American commander, Eisenhower, would oversee Overlord, while being assisted by a coalition of both British and American commanders.

ww2dbaseA plan to defeat Japan by 1948 was presented by, mainly, the British. This plan included a land campaign in Southeast Asia, China, and the acquisition of Chinese airfields and ports for a total blockade of the Japanese home islands. The American Joint Chiefs thought the plan was unnecessarily conservative, and wanted Japan beaten within a year of Germany's eventual fall. As a compromise, the British agreed to an accelerated schedule in the Pacific Theater.

ww2dbaseA new Supreme Allied Command, Southeast Asia (SACSEA) was also established as a result of this conference, with Admiral Lord Louis Moutbatten as the Supreme Commander. Americans cynics joked of this new command as "Save England's Asiatic Colonies".

ww2dbaseSource: The Pacific Campaign.

Last Major Update: Apr 2005

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King and Roosevelt, Quadrant Conference, Aug 1943US President Franklin Roosevelt greeting UK Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden during the Quebec Conference, Canada, Aug 1943; King behind them and Churchill seated near RooseveltWinston Churchill at the Quebec Conference, Canada, mid-Aug 1943Mackenzie King, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Allied military leaders, Quebec, Canada, 18 Aug 1943
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17 Aug 1943 During the Quadrant Conference in Quebec, Canada, Orde Wingate shared with the Americans his plans for an offensive into Burma; the US Army showed interest in this plan.
18 Aug 1943 Orde Wingate met Franklin Roosevelt at Quebec, Canada, introduced by Winston Churchill. Wingate won Roosevelt's promise to send American troops to Burma.

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King and Roosevelt, Quadrant Conference, Aug 1943
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