Churchill pissed off Stalin but was able to save face by getting plastered with him

Churchill pissed off Stalin but was able to save face by getting plastered with him

It's summer of 1942, the globe is engulfed in World War II and somehow Stalin and Churchill hadn't met face-to-face yet.

The Soviets were getting their asses kicked and Stalin's main agenda for an upcoming one-on-one with "The British Bulldog" was to ask for a second front.

Stalin believed that a second front would take some serious pressure off of Soviet troops.

And maybe so, but Churchill was eyeing the possibility of invading North Africa.

So, needless to say, Stalin was shit outta luck, but he didn't know that going into the meeting.

The duo met on August 29th and Churchill was determined to leave Moscow and a now-disappointed Stalin on good terms.

So they met again, but this time over stiff drinks.

Sir Alec Cadogan, Under Secretary at the Foreign Office, described the scene in a declassified letter:

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The meeting ended around 3 a.m. with both men feeling "impressed," according to Cadogan.

Anyway, this wouldn’t be the last time Allied leaders got boozy.

America's FDR, a noted lover of martinis, would show his counterparts a year later in Tehran that he too could drink and talk war strategy.