The conference, which saw the coming together of UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US President Harry S. Truman and Russia's leader Joseph Stalin, took place from July 17 to August 2 at Cecilienhof Palace (home of Crown Prince Wilhelm Hohenzollern) in Potsdam, Germany.
Alongside Churchill was would-be British Prime Minister Clement Atlee, whose Labour Party would soon defeat Churchill in that year's general election. As a result, Atlee would take Churchill's place at the conference later in the proceedings.
Other goals of the conference—aside from imposing punishments on Germany—were to establish post-war order, to discuss peace treaty issues, and to counter the effects of the war.
Ultimately, the leaders would agree on numerous actions to be taken against Germany, including the scaling back of its borders, the prosecution of Nazi war criminals, and the reversion of all German annexations in Europe.
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