The final “Big Three” meeting between the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain took place in Pottsdam, Germany, July 17, 1945, a few weeks before the end of World War II.
U.S. President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met in the Berlin suburb of Potsdam to discuss issues relating to postwar Europe and plans to deal with the ongoing conflict with Japan.
Truman, who had only been president since Franklin D. Roosevelt died three months earlier, arrived at the meeting determined to be “tough” with Stalin. He was encouraged in this course of action by news that American scientists had just successfully tested the atomic bomb on July 16.
Today in Military History: Pottsdam Conference
At the same time, in the Pacific, the allies made their first carrier air strike on the Tokyo area.