The meeting with Stalin at Tehran on the afternoon of 28 November 1943 was a meeting for which the President had worked unsuccessfully for many months,✳ and he did not hesitate to remind his Russian colleague of this fact.1 The Marshal graciously replied that he was to blame for the delay in their meeting, but that military matters had preoccupied his attention. This led on to a discussion of the military situation, which Stalin painted in gloomy colours. The Soviet armies still held the initiative in most areas of the front, but new German divisions were pressing in the Korosten area, and elsewhere the Red Army was finding it difficult to take the offensive. It was natural that the course of the war in Russia should be discussed by the two men, but Stalin’s immediate reference to it gave him an advantage over the President. Although both of them were Commanders-in-Chief, Roosevelt had never exercised military command in the way that Stalin had done since 1941. Furthermore, the Red Army’s apparent predicament highlighted the failure of the Western Allies to provide a second front, and Stalin’s chief concern was to obtain military relief for his forces.
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