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At noon on August 21, 1943 Winston Churchill met with the British Chiefs of Staff at the Citadel to discuss the war against Japan. The prime minister accepted their paper that detailed the overall plan for the defeat of the Japanese, but General Alan Brooke, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, noted that he still “shouted” for the Sumatra operation. Churchill, along with his wife Clementine and daughter Mary, lunched with Franklin Roosevelt; Lewis W. Douglas, administrator of the War Shipping Administration; and Lord Leathers, British Minister of Transport. After lunch Churchill continued the talks with Leathers and Douglas. Late in the afternoon Churchill and Roosevelt had a long discussion. At 8 p.m. Churchill and Roosevelt dined together along with their households. After dinner Churchill, Roosevelt, and Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden discussed affairs, with Prime Minister Mackenzie King joining them about 10:45 p.m. Topics discussed at the meeting, which lasted until 2 a.m., included postwar organization, the international position of China, and recognition of the French Committee of National Liberation.

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