The Nonaggression Pact
The secret agreement determined how the Germans and Soviets would split up eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influences. In addition, Germany would give the Soviet Union the eastern half of Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latria, and also the Baltic Sea. Then, Germany would acquire the land they desired. Germany would gain Poland. On August 23, 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union officially started their friendship by signing the Nonaggression Pact. With Ribbentrop and Molotov doing most of the negotiating, the Nonaggression Pact got the nickname the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Some would also call the Nonaggression Pact the Hitler-Stalin Pact or the Nazi German-Soviet Union Pact. After the signing of the pact Stalin made a toast and said, “I know how much the German nation loves its Führer, I should therefore like to drink to his health.” Joseph Stalin toasted to Hitler for the start of their friendship. However, Stalin did not know that Hitler may betray their …show more content…
Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, and the Soviet Union kept its promise. On September 17, 1939 the Soviet Union went into Poland to secure their land given to them in the secret agreement. The Soviet Union didn’t aid Poland or Germany’s other enemies. After all, the Germans did not keep their promise. The German and Soviet friendship only lasted for two years. Germany broke the pact on June 22, 1941, when the Germans invaded the Soviet Union. Hitler lied to Stalin by trying to gain more land. Stalin, angered by the action of Hitler, declared war against Germany. Hitler was afraid of the Soviet Union joining with Poland. If the Soviets joined with Poland it would ruin Hitler’s later plans of invading the Soviet Union. He didn’t want to fight a two-front war. With Adolf Hitler’s previous experience in fighting, he did not want any repetition of World War I. In World War I Germany made the mistake of fighting a two-front war. Germany had determination for that mistake to never happen again. Fighting a two-front war would split the German Army. Hitler thought it would lead to weakening the army and have an outcome of losing the war.
Hitler tried to join together two countries to create a relationship. The Nonaggression pact joined the Soviet Union and Germany to a friendship of lies. Hitler invaded Poland as planned, but lied to the Soviet Union and also invaded