YALTA -1945: As the war dragged on, it became obvious to the allies that the German War Machine was slowing. The success of the Schlieffen Plan depended on a quick victory; Hitler's Blitzkrieg had the same weakness. As WWII progressed through its fifth year, and the The Nazi Occupation of Europe neared its seventh year the resources of the Axis were dwindling. It was only a matter of time before The Axis was defeated. What to with Europe afterward was the focus of this meeting. Many believe that Franklin Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill gave too many concessions to Joseph Stalin and Russia.
POTSDAM - 1945: With the death of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman became President. The new administration believed that the previous one had been too generous to Stalin's Soviet Union. There was also the issue of Japan to settle, and the new technology of Nuclear Weapons. This would be the last time the Allies met to discuss the plan for reconstruction in the post war world.
XP=4 Objectives: 1. Expand your understanding of the relationship between the allied leaders 2. Make a judgement about that relationship moving forward
Assessment: 1. What were the major agreements of the Yalta Conference? 2. Were too many concessions given to Russia for its cooperation, why or why not? 3. Was victory achievable without Russia's assistance in the European and Pacific Theaters 4. How was the tone of the Potsdam conference different that previous meetings such as The Yalta conference. 5. What were the major agreements that came out of The Potsdam Conference? 6. How would you characterize the relationship between the Allies after Potsdam, moving toward the end of WWII? Cite evidence to support your perspective.