The Soviet Union under Stalin
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.
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.