Meetings of Allied Leaders
Cairo Conference.—At their conference in Cairo, extending from November 22 to 26, President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, and President Chiang Kai-shek met for the primary purpose of concerting plans for more vigorous prosecution of the war against Japan. The meetings were attended not only by the chiefs of staff of the leaders but by an extraordinary assemblage of military and diplomatic experts. In the British delegation alone there were 201 members, and the American group included Admirals King and Leahy, Generals Marshall, Arnold, Somervell, and Eisenhower, with large additional staffs. During the conferences of the political chiefs, the military officers were constantly engaged in logistical and strategic planning for operations in the Pacific area. The meetings were held at Mena House, a luxury hotel 5 miles outside Cairo.