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Destiny in the Desert: The road to El Alamein - the Battle that Turned the Tide by Jonathan Dimbleby

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– EIGHTEEN –THE AMERICANS COME GOOD

‘What can we do to help?’

Franklin D. Roosevelt to Winston Churchill

Hitler’s triumph was Churchill’s humiliation. The day after his arrival in Washington on 18 June 1942, the Prime Minister left Brooke and the rest of his entourage in the capital and flew up to Roosevelt’s private residence, Hyde Park, on the edge of the Hudson river. There, in the informal surroundings of the President’s family home, the two leaders conferred in private on what was indeed ‘business of the highest importance’. There were two main items on their agenda: the top-secret project to build and deploy the atomic bomb – codenamed ‘Tube Alloys’ – on which they found themselves in complete accord; and, more challengingly, the deepening ...

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