The Nazi-Soviet Pact (1939)

HideShow resource information

The Nazi-Soviet Pact was negotiated on 24th August 1939. It had two sections, one of which was public and one of which was secret

  • Publically, Russia and Germany agreed to respect each other's territories, settle any disagreements through negotiations and increase trade as a sign of friendship
  • Privately, the Pact divided Eastern Europe into two 'spheres of interest': Germany was to control Western Poland and Czechoslovakia, whilst Russia was free to pursue its own policies in Poland, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia

How did the Pact benefit Germany?

  • It gave Hitler a free hand to invade Poland and provided Germany with vital raw materials from Russia, enabling Hitler to get around any Allied blockade

What happened next?

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar History resources:

See all History resources »See all Russia - 19th and 20th century resources »