1-6 December – The Big Three [or aka Second Cairo Conference], restarted with Turkish President, Ismet Inonu in attendance. Despite his country being technically neutral, he pledged friendship to the Allies. Gen. Eisenhower was chosen to command the Normandy invasion at this meeting.
Operation Buccaneer, a previously planned assault of Japanese targets in Burma was cancelled. FDR reneged on a private promise to Chiang Kai shek. The Nationalist leader, in response, attempted to demand more money and matériel in exchange for his troops’ cooperation to fight. But – US Treasury Secretary, Morgenthau, flatly refused to take the plan to Congress.
1-8 December – the Australian troops on New Guinea captured Huanko on the 1st of the month. They continued forward to take Wareo on the 8th and set off to Wandokai.
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