Eve of Barbarossa

The Soviet Union under Stalin

Russia 1941.0621

Eve of Barbarossa

The Soviet Union under Stalin (21 June 1941)

Historical Map of Russia & the former Soviet Union

Following their treatment by the Soviets, Finland and Romania fell into alignment with the Germans. By June 1941, after overrunning the Balkans, Germany was dominant in continental Europe and massing its forces on the Soviet border.

Main Events

Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic formed

Soviet Union annexes Baltic states

Tripartite Pact

Joachim von Ribbentrop of Nazi Germany, Galeazzo Ciano of the Kingdom of Italy, and Saburō Kurusu of the Empire of Japan sign the Tripartite Pact in Berlin, capital of Germany. The 10 year Pact recognizes the right of Germany and Italy to establish a new order in Europe while Japan does so in Greater East Asia; it also compels the contracting Powers to come to the aid of any one of them that is attacked by a Power not presently involved in either World War II in Europe or the Sino-Japanese War.

Germany intervenes in Balkans, conquering Greece and Yugoslavia

Soviet Union signs neutrality pact with Japan

German troops begin arriving in Petsamo, Finland

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