Nazi-Soviet Honeymoon

The Soviet Union under Stalin

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Nazi-Soviet Honeymoon

The Soviet Union under Stalin (3 July 1940)

Historical Map of Russia & the former Soviet Union

In sharp contrast to the lackluster performance of the Soviets in Finland, the Germans scored success after success in their offensive against the Allies, occupying Western Europe and forcing France to come to terms. Seizing on the Allied collapse and secure in its understanding with Germany, the Soviet Union occupied the Baltic states and demanded territory from Romania. Without any hope of support, Romania quickly accepted Soviet terms.

Main Events

Moscow Peace Treaty ends Winter War

Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic established

Soviet Union executes about 20,000 Polish nationalists at Katyn Forest and elsewhere

German invasion of Norway

Germany invades and occupies Kingdom of Norway

Soviet Union occupies Baltic states

Second Armistice at Compiègne

Adolf Hitler and top military officials of Nazi Germany sign an armistice with representatives of the French Third Republic at 18:36 near Compiègne, France - the exact location of the 1918 armistice ending World War I. This new armistice ends French involvement in World War II on the side of the Allies and establishes a German zone of occupation in northern and western France, leaving the remainder ("Vichy France") to be governed by the French.

Romania withdraws from Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina in response to Soviet ultimatum

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