Taken by a US government photographer, this iconic photograph shows British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin —the heads of three central allied nations during World War II. These three leaders were also known as Big Three of that time. The photograph was taken sometime during the Yalta Conference (4-11 February 1945) during which the power re-distribution in war-torn Europe was discussed. The conference was convened in the Livadia Palace of Ukraine.
Several other similar photographs are also in existence because Yalta Conference was well covered. Official photograph of the War Office of UK government took the following colored photograph:
Did you know?
- Between 50 to 85 million people died in the World War II. The conflict ended when United States dropped nuclear bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
- Franklin Roosevelt, also known as FDR, had polio and both of his legs were affected.
- FDR was the first US President to speak on television and to have a presidential aircraft.
- Churchill was a good painter. He painted more 570 paintings.
- Churchill also wrote 3 books, saw 4 wars on 4 continents and was elected to the House of Commons —all by the age of 26 years!
- Churchill won Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953
- During the Boer War (1899-1902) Churchill was captured. Later when he escaped, the Boers put a bounty of only 25 pounds on his head!
- Stalin was a communist dictator who took reigns of USSR after Lenin’s death. Some of the titles that he bestowed upon himself were “Father of Nations”, “Brilliant Genius of Humanity”, “Great Architect of Communism”, and “Gardener of Human Happiness”
- Stalin’s second wife shot herself after (yet another) humiliation in public by him.
- Stalin’s son Yakob was captured by the Germans. Stalin refused to trade his son for a German General. Yakob committed suicide by trying to climb the wire (or maybe he was shot trying to escape; no one is certain)
- During the Yalta Conference, Roosevelt got a commitment from Stalin that he will participate in the United Nations.
- Among other things, it was also decided that the Nazi war criminals would be hunted down and brought to justice.
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