Who Were the Big Three?

The "Big Three" were the political leaders of the Allied forces during World War II. These three were Franklin Delano Roosevelt of the United States, Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom and Josef Stalin of the USSR.

Although many other countries were aligned against the Axis powers, Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt controlled most of the decisions of the alliance, as well as the terms of surrender given at the war's end. Notably, although China was a significant member of the Allied forces and was sometimes recognized as one of the "four policemen," the country's participation in decision-making processes was not as extensive, perhaps because their role in the conflict was primarily on the Pacific front.