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The Shooting and the Immediate Affects.
On August 23, 1939, Joachim von Ribbentrop, the German Foriegn Minister, was shot in the streets of Moscow. He was to see Joseph Stalin for the signing of a non-aggression pact. However, that was not to be. Joachim was shot.
On August 24, 1939, Adolf Hitler stopped all negotiations, and ordered the return of Ribbentrop, alive and well, by the end of the month.
On August 25, 1939, von Ribbentrop died of his gunshot wounds.
On August 28, 1939, the German Army began mobilizing and moving to Kalgingrad.
The Soviet Union responded by mobilizing on September 2, 1939.
On September 4, 1939, the Riga Declaration was made, which was saying that in the event of war, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were to join on the side of Germany.
The War Begins
On September 6, 1939, Germany declared war onto the Soviet Union.
On September 7, 1939, France, Britain and Poland declared neutrality.
On September 9, 1939, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania declared war on Russia.
The First Campaigns
On September 12, 1939, the Soviet Union began moving their troops into Finland. Meanwhile, German forces push from the south to Leningrad, where they began an assault upon the city on September 14. The city surrendered in just three days, on September 17, and the army pushed on to Moscow. Meanwhile, the Soviet Army, realizing their defeat, rushed from Finland, where they had captured the Finnish Lake country, to Moscow for it's defense.
Meanwhile, the Germans commensed bombing on Moscow. On the first assault, Joseph Stalin was wounded. He would have a limp for the rest of his life. Meanwhile, the Russians relocated their capitol to Perm. However, the Russian people on the route to Moscow fought fiercely and hardly. Eventually, at Tver, on October 8, 1939, the German Army was defeated.
After this, the Russian Navy blockaded St. Petersburg, which is where the Germans relocated, and stopped naval resupplies, while the Russian People's Army was raised to surround St. Petersburg on land. Meanwhile, the professional Soviet army went to Finland, and on November 17, 1939, the Soviets took Helsinki. On November 19, the Finns surrendered.
After the capulation of Finland, the professional Soviet Army went back to Leningrad, and on November 27, the Batetle of Leningrad began. It lasted 2 days until November 29, when the German Army in Russia surrendered.
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