The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact: The Secret Alliance that Enabled Nazi Germany's Invasion of Poland

TLDR The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was a secret alliance between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that allowed Hitler to invade Poland, leading to the start of World War II. Despite its significant role, the pact is often overlooked in history.

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00:00 The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was an alliance between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union at the start of World War II, before they became enemies.
01:47 Germany and Russia had a mixed history of relations, but in the interwar years, they signed treaties of neutrality and non-aggression, until the rise of the Nazi party strained their relationship.
03:15 In 1936, Germany, Italy, and Japan signed the Anti-Comintern Pact, which was intended to be an anti-communist agreement but was seen by the Soviets as an anti-Soviet alliance, and by 1939, Britain signed a defense treaty with Poland, isolating Germany from the West and leading to a whirlpool of diplomacy where everyone was angling for alliances.
04:43 In August 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union signed a 10-year non-aggression pact, agreeing to remain neutral in the event of a conflict with another country, and Germany would provide the Soviets with 120 million Reichmark for the purchase of German industrial goods.
06:11 In addition to the public terms of the non-aggression pact, there was a secret protocol that divided Eastern Europe between Germany and the Soviet Union, making them de facto allies and providing Hitler with the last piece he needed before invading Poland.
07:40 The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact shocked the world and led to Germany invading Poland, which in turn caused Britain and France to declare war on Germany, while the Soviet Union invaded Poland without any consequences from the Allies.
09:08 The Soviets adhered to the terms of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact until the day of the invasion, with evidence of Soviet materials crossing into German territory just hours before Germany invaded, and the pact is often overlooked in history despite the significant role it played in enabling Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland.
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