Season 1, Episode 2 Cracks in the Alliance (Autumn 1941 to December 1943)
First Aired: May 13, 2009
The tenuous alliance of Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin is examined. Included: the first meeting between Churchill and Roosevelt, on Aug. 12, 1942, which found each side sizing up the other, and Churchill promising to launch an offensive in North Africa. Also: Roosevelt's attempt to meet secretly with Stalin, which he scuttled after Churchill learned of the plan; the 1943 Tehran summit of all three leaders in which Churchill and Stalin used matchsticks to mark Poland's post-war boundaries.
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- Premiered: May 6, 2009
- Rating: TV-PG
- Premise: The backroom dealings of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin during WWII are explored via documentary segments and dramatic re-creations. (more)