Soviet Union and Joseph Stalin in WWII

Andrew Brock Stewart, Jaret Morsch

Sep 17, 1939, Soviet Union invades Poland.

On 1939, Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov declares that the Polish government has ceased to exist.Hitler's troops were already wreaking havoc in Poland, having invaded on the first of the month. The Polish army began retreating and regrouping east, near Lvov, in eastern Galicia, attempting to escape relentless German land and air offensives. But Polish troops had jumped from the frying pan into the fire as Soviet troops began occupying eastern Poland. The Soviet Union was one of the Allies during WWII. Although it fought a peripheral war with Finland from November 1939 to March 1940, it did not join the general hostilities until 22 June 1941, when it was invaded by Germany and Romania.

Born December 18, 1878

Under Joseph Stalin's rule, the concept of "socialism in one country" became a central tenet of Soviet society. He replaced the New Economic Policy introduced by Lenin in the early 1920s with a highly centralized command economy, launching a period of industrialization and collectivization that resulted in the rapid transformation of the USSR from an agrarian society into an industrial power. However, the economic changes coincided with the imprisonment of millions of people in Soviet convectional labour camps and the deportation of many others to remote areas.

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