Quebec Conferences, two important Allied meetings during World War II. Both were held at Quebec, Canada. The first conference, which had the code name Quadrant, met August 11–24, 1943. The second conference, called Octagon, was held September 12–16, 1944.
This conference was the sixth wartime meeting of President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States and Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain. Prime Minister Mackenzie King of Canada was present, and China was represented by Foreign Minister T. V. Soong. The principal purpose of the conference was to work out differences of opinion regarding conduct of the war. Most of the discussion centered around a proposal for an invasion of western France. The leaders agreed that the invasion would take place in May, 1944, and receive highest military priority. They also decided on the command structure for the invasion force, agreeing that an American would be the overall commander.
With regard to the war in the Far East, the British promised to undertake operations in northern Burma, and an agreement was made to expand operations within China.
This meeting, held at the insistence of the British, was political rather than military in nature. It was attended by President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, and their staffs. The major topic was the war in the Pacific against Japan. Great Britain, anxious to emerge from the war with a strong position in the Pacific, wanted to make certain that it would play an important role in the final victory. The Americans accepted Churchill's offer of the British fleet for use in the Pacific, and the British approved an American plan to advance the date for an invasion of the Philippines.