Just as significant as what was said at Potsdam was what was not said. Truman did not inform Stalin about the nature of the atomic bomb, though he did inform Churchill at the conference. A few days after the conference ended, two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan and the war ended quickly on 10 August without the need for Russian aid against Japan. Even so, the Russians declared war on Japan on 8 August and invaded Manchuria. Though they annexed south Sakhalin as was agreed at Yalta, they were allowed no part in the occupation of Japan.


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