The Complicated Relationship Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union During World War II

TLDR Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were initially allies before becoming enemies in World War II. The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, a 10-year non-aggression pact, divided Eastern Europe between the two countries and played a significant role in the start of the war.

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00:00 At the start of World War II, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were allies before becoming enemies, as they coordinated with each other to invade their neighbors.
01:52 Historically, relations between Germany and Russia have been complicated, with periods of cooperation and strain, particularly during the rise of the Nazi party in the 1930s.
03:24 In 1939, Germany made overtures to the Soviets, offering them a better deal than Britain, leading to the Soviets indicating that they could live with Germany and saw no reason for conflict.
04:57 In August 1939, the Soviet Union and Germany signed a 10-year non-aggression pact, agreeing to remain neutral in the event of a conflict with another country and confirming an economic agreement.
06:24 The secret protocol of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact divided Eastern Europe between Germany and the Soviet Union, making them de facto allies in partitioning the region.
07:52 The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact caused shockwaves around the world and led to Germany's invasion of Poland, which in turn triggered Britain and France to declare war on Germany, marking the start of World War II, while the Soviet Union's invasion of Poland went unchallenged, resulting in a long-lasting occupation of the Baltics and Moldova.
09:27 The Soviets adhered to the terms of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact until the day of Germany's invasion, and evidence of the secret pact was not discovered until after Germany's fall in 1945, which is often overlooked in history but had a significant impact on the course of World War II.
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