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The First Bordeaux Conference was a meeting between the members of NATO and its allies in the French City of Bordeaux on the 18th of August. The meeting lasted for three days and is regarded as one of the major turning points of the war by many scholars. The conference was organized by the French ambassador Jean-François Noiville to Austria who was the first member to call for such a meeting, all invited countries assisted and the meeting was one of great secrecy and its accords were kept very secret.

Members

Australia NATO Ally (Not at war)

Austria

Belgium

Canada

Denmark

Finland

France

Greece

Iceland

Israel NATO Ally

Italy

Japan NATO Ally (Not at war)

Kuwait NATO Ally

Luxembourg

Netherlands

New Zealand NATO Ally (Not at war)

Norway

Philippines NATO Ally (Not at war)

Portugal

South Africa NATO Ally (Not at war)

South Korea NATO Ally (Not at war)

South Vietnam NATO Ally (Not at war)

Spain

Sweden

Taiwan NATO Ally (Not at war)

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States

West Germany

Background

At the moment of the conference Vienna had just barely been saved by a costly Austrian attack which resulted in hundreds of losses for the Australian forces, the Austrians had been calling for a meeting since the city was in great danger. The Italians had just come off an important victory around a recent push into Trieste which had failed dramatically for the Yugoslavs and Soviets, but just around the Italians were the only ones feeling confident along with the Israelis as the rest of the fronts were pinned down in heavy fighting.

Along with the active fighting nations Taiwan, South Korea, South Vietnam, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan were invited to discuss a possible Chinese intervention with North Vietnamese and North Korean support, the US held special interest in the result of the talks with the seven nations as it would need all of its resources to counter the Soviets in Europe. South Africa, too much of NATO's surprise, had been invited by the British. The British didn't hold that much trust in the Egyptian government allowing forces from Asia and Europe from transiting the Suez and so held keen interest in having an ally that could guard the other viable route which was through South Africa.

The Conference

Day One

The conference was held on the Bordeaux Hotel of Ibis Meriadeck, the hotel was closed with a fake scandal of rats in the Kitchen which resulted with the closure of the hotel for the three days of the meeting. The meeting began at 8 AM with the first thing on the table of discussion was how to deal with the defense of Western Europe, the conference since the beginning was aimed at forcing Bush and the Americans to move more forces into Europe. After discussing the topic for around three hours the meeting was stopped by request of the Austrian delegation which had reports off Soviet movement on the beachheads around Vienna, after announcing this the Americans agreed on transferring more units into West Germany and into Austria but the Americans still needed something to regain the initiative on the west, on that moment the Italian delegation announced that it was planning a massive operation with the objective of cutting up Yugoslavian forces south of Opatija, they concluded that the operation would deal massive damage on the Yugoslav forces and could relieve the situation with Greece and Austria as Soviet reinforcements were to be re-routed to keep the Yugoslavians in the war. The Americans and especially the British supported the idea and decided to lay out a plan to inflict heavy casualties on the Soviet allies on Europe called the Three Blows, the first blow would be the Opatija operation and would by far be the biggest of the blows, the second blow would be aimed around the German city of Kessel which had just barely been kept by weary West German units with some NATO support this blow was aimed at breaking up the massive Soviet spearhead in the direction of Frankfurt, the third blow was to be aimed at the right flank of the Czech forces attacking Linz and the Danube.

After discussing the topic of Western Europe a break was finally called at 2pm and the meeting was renewed at 4pm when the British, Americans, Israeli, French and Asian members with South Africa met, South Africa agreed on maintaining the route open for the NATO assets but assured that it would remain neutral unless attacked, Israel agreed on attacking the Egyptians to control Suez but requested at least a British Division as support. With the question of the south dealt with the South African delegation left, as the discussion on what to do with Asia began. As with the Europeans the Japanese called for American support in the Far East off which the Americans felt skeptical about, but ultimately agreed on creating a Far East theater comprised of five Divisions of which 3 would be sent to Korea and the two remaining into Vietnam, the meeting was ended at 9 PM because intelligence officers didn't recommend that the lights off an hotel being fumigated would certainly create controversy and so the meeting was ended.

Day Two

The conference began at the same time as the last day, and a discussion on how to deal with the Middle-East was promptly began by the Kuwaitian Delegation after hearing news of a new Iraqi Offensive, the Kuwaitis recognized the great improvement in the overall situation after American forces had landed and saved the Kuwaiti army but urged for more support as the American forces weren't enough to hold the line in the new offensive. Iranian presence in the Persian Gulf made the transport of more American resources nearly impossible and called on possibly inviting other Arabian countries into the war which seemed like a far off possibility considering the hatred they had towards the Israelis. America, looking to help Kuwait, offered a joint naval attack on the Iranian Navy and oil fields with help from the British, French and American Navies and Air force, the great success of Short´s Operation Firing Sulfur in Italy had raised the idea of once again bombing the enemy into submission as the Allies had done in WW2 with major success but countless casualties in both material and manpower of which NATO lacked heavily. General Short who was in Milan at the time of the meeting was called to head to Bordeaux immediately.

As the delegations waited for Short, the Japanese proposed a massive aerial strike on the Soviet port of Vladivostok hoping to catch the Soviet Pacific Fleet off guard. It also proposed plans for an invasion of the port as it would prove nearly impossible for Soviet forces to attack by sea. Japan and the Asian allies and the island of Sakhalin which would force Soviet forces in Asia into a very tricky position. America liked the port strike idea and even would go so far as to approve the occupation of the port but signaled the great problem of holding Sakhalin. After much debate it was decided that a naval strike on the Soviet Far Eastern Fleet would prove rather deadly and the occupation of the port would definitely delay Soviet mobilization in China, North Vietnam and North Korea which at the time was going on. The Americans agreed to send their Pacific Fleet to capture the port then head south to protect Taiwan against a possible amphibious invasion.

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