Winter War

World War II: Blitzkrieg

Europe 1940.0311

Winter War

World War II in Europe from the fall of Poland to Stalingrad (11 March 1940)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

On September 17, the Soviet Union moved to occupy eastern Poland as had been agreed with Germany. The Soviets followed this by establishing influence over the Baltic states and attempting to invade Finland. Finnish defences were unexpectedly tough, however, and the Russians were forced to make do with territorial concessions.

Main Events

Soviet Union occupies eastern Poland

Soviets establish influence over Baltic states

Winter War between Soviet Union and Finland

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