STALIN: "It must be admitted that in this war Hitler Germany with her fascist army has proved to be a more powerful, crafty and experienced adversary than Germany and her army were in any war of the past. It should be added that in this war the Germans succeeded in exploiting the productive forces of nearly the whole of Europe and the quite considerable armies of their vassal states. And, if in spite of these favourable conditions they failed due to the Soviet Union and the Red Army.
The Yalta Conference, sometimes called the Crimea Conference, took place in the Livadia Palace near Yalta in Crimea from February 4–11, 1945. It was the World War II meeting of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin.