23rd August 1939: Nazi-Soviet Pact signed by Molotov and Ribbentrop



hello and welcome to history pod on the 23rd of August 1939 via Kislev Molotov and Joaquim von Ribbentrop the Soviet foreign minister and the German Foreign Minister signed the Treaty of non-aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics which was otherwise known as the nazi-soviet pact outwardly it was a guarantee that neither side would fight against the other in war but a secret protocol that was part of the agreement also outlined how Eastern Europe would be divided between the two countries this agreement cleared the way for the Nazi invasion of Poland that occurred just nine days later Stalin's communist USSR distrusted Hitler's Nazi Germany knowing that ultimately Hitler intended to invade and to annex Russia similarly Britain distrusted Stalin due to a fear of communism and although talks took place between Britain and Russia in early August 1939 regarding a possible alliance against Hitler they would never really taken seriously by the British government who chose to send their representative by a slow vote rather than aeroplane and then gave him no authority to actually make any decisions anyway frustrated Stalin's government received Ribbentrop later that month he proposed the nazi-soviet agreement which in the face of continued British reluctance to form an alliance with the Russians was accepted the Soviet government almost certainly knew that Hitler would break the non-aggression pact at some point in the future and would therefore invade Russia but at least the pact delayed that and gave time to prepare for war as it happens the nazi-soviet pact was broken less than two years after it was signed when Nazi forces invaded the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa on the 22nd of June 1941 all the territory that had been gained by Russia under the terms of the secret protocol were lost to the Nazis in just a matter of weeks

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