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Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill on portico of Russian Embassy in Teheran, during conference.
A meeting between Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill in 1943

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Joseph Stalin Wrote A Memo
August 13, 1942

During World War II, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin needed help from President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Despite Stalin's agreement with the German dictator Adolph Hitler, German forces were attacking the Soviet Union.

On August 13, 1942, Stalin wrote a memorandum to Roosevelt and Churchill opposing their decision not to invade Western Europe at that time. Stalin wanted the Americans and British to distract the Germans in Russia by fighting them on another front, Western Europe. Where were the Americans?

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