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History Research Guide - World War II: Allied Powers

A guide to the resources available in the library on World War II.

Some Information

Which countries made up the Allies? The major powers that made up the Allies were Great Britain, France, Soviet Union, and the United States. Also included were Poland, the Free Danes, the entire British Commonwealth, Belgium, China, Norway, Greece, Netherlands, and Yugoslavia.

Who were the Leaders of the Major Powers?
Great Britain: Neville Chamberlain; Winston Churchill
France: Charles DeGaulle
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: Joseph Stalin
United States of America: Franklin Delano Roosevelt; Harry S. Truman

 How could France, Poland, and other countries occupied by Germany be part of the Allies? Most of these countries had resistance groups which then joined with the Allies. For example, France started out as an Ally by declaring war with Great Britain on Germany. After the German occupation, Charles DeGaulle, the leader of France, led the resistance movement and continued in the alliance. 

Research Point: Great Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union together make up the Big Three. When China is added to the group they become the Four Policemen. So if you run across the Four Policemen while you're researching, then it means you will find information on the interactions of GB, US, USSR, and China.

Books in the Library

Conference of the Big Three at Yalta

Conference of the Big Three at Yalta
Conference of the Big Three at Yalta... February 1945. Courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.