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BYU Studies Quarterly

BYU Studies Quarterly

Authors

De Lamar Jensen

Abstract

This article closely studies the predominantly British military strategy of the Allied forces in 1942 and 1943. It examines the characteristics of, the reasons behind, and the consequences of these strategies, as well as the reasons why the policies changed in the latter part of 1943. Shortly after the attack at Pearl Harbor, Churchill met with the Americans to determine how to proceed. Although the Americans favored a direct invasion of German-occupied Europe, and the Russians desired a second European front, Churchill and the British wanted to focus on Italy and the Mediterranean as a means to find Europe's "soft underbelly." Churchill's policy predominated until the end of 1943, when the leaders of the three nations met in Tehran.

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