chapter  4
1945: The turning point
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The Grand Alliance did not survive the end of hostilities. Once its raison d’être no longer existed it came apart at the seams, despite the fact that fine words had circulated at Yalta about cooperation producing a rich harvest of mutual benefit. Within a year of that meeting Churchill had delivered his Iron Curtain speech [Doc. 20, p. 185], alleging that a barrier had descended from Stettin (now Szczecin) in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic. Meanwhile Molotov had vented his spleen on the Anglo-Americans [Doc. 24, p. 190] by talking of insatiable imperialists and war-hungry groups of adventurers. Disillusion was almost complete.