Winter War

The Soviet Union under Stalin

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Winter War

The Soviet Union under Stalin (6 March 1940)

Historical Map of Russia & the former Soviet Union

After expanding into Poland and the Baltic states, the Soviet Union launched an invasion of Finland in late 1939. Despite their huge advantage in numbers and equipment, the war started disastrously for the Soviets. However they persevered and eventually forced the Finns to come to terms.

Main Events

Ukrainian SSR annexes Polish territories

Soviet Union begins invasion of Finland

Soviet Union expelled from League of Nations

Second Battle of Summa

Soviet breakthrough on Leningrad-Viipuri road

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