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The Potsdam Conference, the last meeting between the "Big Three" of Truman, Churchill, and Stalin, ended on August 2, 1945. Churchill was replaced by Clement Attlee midway through the Potsdam Conference, because Churchill had lost a snap election after the Defeat of Germany.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potsdam_Conference

It was at Potsdam that Harry decided to surprise Stalin that America had perfected a "powerful new weapon" , and was even more surprised at Stalin's cool response that he hoped America would use it for good purposes. It was the one and only time that Harry S Truman would personally meet Stalin, and it was only later that the world knew that Stalin's spies had already told him that America had the atomic bomb.

Already, on July 26, 1945, the Potsdam Declaration had been published as an ultimatum to Japan, to surrender or face "prompt and utter destruction."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potsdam_Declaration

Meanwhile, over in Japan, the Japanese were preparing for the Allied invasion of their home islands. The Potsdam Ultimatum to Japan was modified by the Allies to only demand "the unconditional surrender of the Japanese armed forces" and not require the surrender of the Emperor. This was met by silence, which the Japanese considered the greatest contempt.


It is ironic that the Potsdam Conference was held in the last place built by the Hohenzollern Emperor of Imperial Germany, Cecilienhof, in what was East Prussia when it was finished in 1917, as a way for Kaiser Bill to send his wayward, disgraced son, who was named after him, to a remote part of his Empire. The castle was named for the wife of the Crown Prince.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecilienhof

Crown Prince Wilhelm, the last Crown Prince of Prussia and the German Empire, died July 20, 1951.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm,_ ... own_Prince

And also on August 2, 1945, the survivors of the USS Indianapolis, who had been dispatched by Harry S Truman with atomic bomb components to Tinian, and sank on it's return trip to Leyte on July 30, 1945, were spotted in the water, and rescue efforts began.

We know what happened to the Japanese for ignoring Harry S Truman's warning to surrender, but it would be a few more days, yet, before Harry dropped the bomb on the Victors of Pearl Harbor and the the perpetrators of the Bataan Death March.

But 71 years ago today, the Potsdam Conference ended, and Harry S Truman was transported back to America on a heavy cruiser, the USS Augusta.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Augusta_(CA-31)

America had almost all it's battleships on escort duty, in preparation for the invasion of the Japanese home islands, that never came.

That's why America used fast, heavy cruisers for VIP transport and transporting atom bomb components, to spare all of our battleships for higher purposes.

A typical WW2 USA heavy cruiser:

 

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driller said:
21 years later, to the day my eldest daughter was born.
Congratulations, driller!

You've lived to see your oldest child's fiftieth birthday!

That's a great milestone in any man's life, and one that I won't see until November 7, 2036.

The best revenge, though, is dying in your sleep the night after your one hundredth birthday party, wondering if you'll sire any more children, just before you close your eyes in rest from your labors.
 
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