The Soviet army advanced through large areas of eastern Europe whilst fighting the Germans. One year after the war, many Soviet troops remained in much of eastern Europe
- Elections were held in each eastern European country as promised at Yalta in 1945, but evidence suggests that they were rigged to allow the USSR-supported Communist parties to take control. In Bulgaria, Albania, Poland, Romania and Hungary, opponents of the Communists had been beaten, murdered or frightened into submission.
- By May 1948, all eastern European states had…