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Soviet invasion of Poland (Hitler The Artist)

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Soviet invasion of Poland
Soviet forces waiting for the command to cross into Poland.
Soviet forces waiting for the command to cross into Poland.
Date 1 May 1940 - 18 May 1940
(2 weeks and 3 days)
Location Eastern and Central Poland
Result Treaty of Warsaw
Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) Soviet Union Flag of Poland Poland
Commanders and leaders
Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) Georgy Zhukov Flag of Poland Ignacy Mościcki
1,820,000 - 2,125,000 men
900 - 1,120 tanks
1,005,000 - 1,423,000 men
880 tanks
Casualties and losses
total casualties
total casualties

The Soviet invasion of Poland (Polish: Okres rozbiorowy, Russian: Советское вторжение в Польшу) was a military conflict between the Soviet Union and Poland in May 1940. It began with the Soviet invasion of Lachva on 1 May 1940, and ended with the Treaty of Warsaw on 18 May 1940.

The Soviet Union intended to restore it's honor, after the embarrassing loss to Finland. Poland was caught off guard from the attack, even though the buildup of tanks and artillery was apparent. It is not known if there was only a single motive for invasion or a series of motives which led to the attack.

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