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  • November 26, 1943

    The Cairo Declaration

    Roosevelt, Churchhill, and Jiang Jieshi declare that they are "fighting this war to restraint and punish the aggression of Japan."

  • June 26, 1944

    Record of a Conversation with Percy Chen

    D. Godnunov reports that he discussed military developments in the Sino-Japanese War with Percy Chen, as well as the visit to China made by US Vice President Henry Wallace.

  • October 09, 1944

    Record of Meeting at the Kremlin, Moscow, 9 October 1944, at 10 p.m.

    Churchill, Eden, Stalin, and Molotov discuss the leadership in Poland, Britains interests in Greece and Hong Kong, the actions of Romania and Bulgaria during the war, Turkey, the need for the Great Powers to exert influence on the Balkans to prevent small wars, the leadership of Italy, interests in Bulgaria and Romania, the dividing of Germany and Germany's future, and the American plans in the war against Japan.

  • November 09, 1944

    Letter No. 402 from L.D. Wilgress, Canadian Embassy, Moscow, to the Secretary of State for External Affairs, W.L. Mackenzie King

    The Canadian Ambassador to the Soviet Union, L.D. Wilgress, thoroughly reviews Soviet foreign policy in Europe, Asia, and in Latin America and its relations with the United States and the United Kingdom. Wilgress optimistically concludes that "the Soviet Government are desirous of co-operating fully with the other great powers."

  • February 11, 1945

    Yalta Conference Agreement, Declaration of a Liberated Europe

    The text of the agreements reached at the Yalta (Crimea) Conference between President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill and Generalissimo Stalin.

  • June 30, 1945

    Meeting between Marshal Stalin and Dr. Soong

    Stalin and Chinese Minister Soong discuss the necessity of warm relations between China and the Soviet Union; Stalin pledges to support China's position.

  • July 02, 1945

    Record of a Meeting between T.V. Soong and Stalin

    Notes taken during meetings between the Chinese nationalist government and the Soviet Union in Moscow during Sino-Soviet treaty negotiations.

  • August 17, 1945

    Draft Message from Joseph Stalin to Harry S. Truman

    Stalin requests that the Soviet Union gain possession of the Kurile Islands and the northern half of the island of Hokkaido, Japan.

  • August 18, 1945

    Order by Aleksandr Vasilevsky to the Commander of the 1st Far Eastern Front

    Vasilevsky sends orders to continue the occupation of Manchuria and prepare for invasion of the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

  • August 18, 1945

    Telegram from Aleksandr Vasilevsky to Stalin

    Vasilevsky reports on the progress of the Soviet invasion of Manchuria and planning for invasion of the Japanese island of Hokkaido and other islands in the Pacific.

  • August 19, 1945

    Translation of Message from Harry S. Truman to Joseph Stalin

    Responding to a message from Stalin, Truman agrees to allow Soviet control of the Kurile Islands, but stresses that all islands of Japan proper, including Hokkaido, are to be surrendered to US forces.

  • August 19, 1945

    Order by Aleksandr Novikov to the Commander of the 9th Air Army

    Novikov gives orders for air support in preparation for a Soviet invasion of the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

  • August 19, 1945

    Report by Ivan Yumashev to Aleksandr Vasilevsky

    The plan of operation for a Soviet invasion of the island of Hokkaido and the Kurile Islands.

  • August 20, 1945

    Order by Aleksei Antonov to Aleksandr Vasilevsky

    Orders include preparation for the invasion of the island of Hokkaido and the southern Kurile Islands, but are to "begin... only after special instruction by Stalin."

  • August 20, 1945

    Cable from Aleksandr Vasilevsky to Stalin

    Vasilevsky reports on the progress of the Soviet invasion of Manchuria and the surrender of Japanese forces.

  • August 21, 1945

    Cable from Nikolai Kuznetsov to Aleksandr Vasilevsky

    Information related to a planned invasion of the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

  • August 21, 1945

    Order by Aleksandr Vasilevsky to Aleksandr Novikov

    Orders for preparations for a planned invasion of the Japanese island of Hokkaido and the southern Kurile Islands.

  • August 22, 1945

    Order by Aleksandr Vasilevsky to Nikolai Kuznetsov and Ivan Yumashev

    Orders for preparations for a planned invasion of the Japanese island of Hokkaido and the southern Kurile Islands. Operations are not to begin "until special instructions from the Headquarters."

  • August 23, 1945

    Cable from Aleksandr Vasilevsky [?] to Stalin

    Report on the surrender of Japanese forces on the Kurile Islands.

  • August 23, 1945

    Cable from Vyacheslav Molotov to Soviet Ambassador in the United States

    Drafted response from Stalin to Truman regarding Hokkaido and Kurile Islands.