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The Soviet invasion of Poland
Soviet invasion of Poland
was a Soviet military operation that started without a formal declaration of war on 17 September 1939. On that morning, 16 days after Germany invaded Poland from the west, the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
invaded Poland from the east. Subsequent military operations lasted for the following 20 days and ended on 6 October 1939 with the two-way division and annexation of the entire territory of the Second Polish Republic
Second Polish Republic
by both Germany and the Soviet Union.[7] The joint German- Soviet invasion of Poland
Soviet invasion of Poland
was secretly agreed to following the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
on 23 August 1939.[8] The Red Army, which vastly outnumbered the Polish defenders, achieved its targets by using strategic and tactical deception. Some 230,000 Polish prisoners of war had been captured.[4][9] The campaign of mass persecution in the newly acquired areas began immediately. In November 1939 the Soviet government ostensibly annexed the entire Polish territory under its control. Some 13.5 million Polish citizens who fell under the military occupation were made into new Soviet subjects following mock elections conducted by the NKVD
NKVD
secret police in the atmosphere of terror,[10][11] the results of which were used to legitimize the use of force. A Soviet campaign of political murders and other forms of repression, targeting Polish figures of authority, such as military officers, police and priests, began with a wave of arrests and summary executions.[Note 5][12][13] Over the next year and a half, the Soviet NKVD
NKVD
sent hundreds of thousands of people from eastern Poland to Siberia
Siberia
and other remote parts of the Soviet Union in four major waves of deportation between 1939 and 1941.[Note 6] Soviet forces occupied eastern Poland until the summer of 1941, when they were driven out by the invading German army in the course of Operation Barbarossa. The area was under German occupation until the Red Army
Red Army
reconquered it in the summer of 1944. An agreement at the Yalta Conference
Yalta Conference
permitted the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
to annex almost all of their Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact
Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact
portion of the Second Polish Republic, compensating the People's Republic of Poland
People's Republic of Poland
with the southern half of East Prussia
East Prussia
and territories east of the Oder–Neisse line.[16] The Soviet Union
Soviet Union
enclosed most of the annexed territories into the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
and the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic.[16] After the end of World War II
World War II
in Europe, the USSR
USSR
signed a brand new border agreement with the Polish communists on 16 August 1945. This agreement recognized the status quo as the new official border between the two countries with the exception of the region around Białystok and a minor part of Galicia east of the San river
San river
around Przemyśl, which were returned to Poland later on.[17]

Contents

1 Prelude 2 Poland between world wars

2.1 Treaty negotiations

3 German invasion of Poland 4 Soviet invasion of Poland

4.1 Opposing forces 4.2 Military campaign 4.3 Domestic reaction 4.4 International reaction

5 Aftermath

5.1 Belorussia and Ukraine

6 Communist and later censorship 7 See also 8 References

8.1 Notes 8.2 Citations 8.3 Bibliography

9 External links

Prelude[edit] Several months before the invasion, in early 1939 the Soviet Union began strategic alliance negotiations with the United Kingdom, France, Poland, and Romania against the crash militarization of Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler. The USSR
USSR
played a double game by secretly engaging in parallel talks with Germany. The negotiations with the Western democracies failed as expected, when the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
insisted that Poland and Romania give Soviet troops transit rights through their territory as part of a collective security arrangement.[18] The terms were rejected, thus giving Josef Stalin a free hand in pursuing the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact
Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact
with Adolf Hitler, signed on 23 August 1939. The non-aggression pact contained a secret protocol dividing Northern and Eastern Europe
Europe
into German and Soviet spheres of influence in the event of war.[19] One week after the signing of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, German forces invaded Poland from the west, north, and south on 1 September 1939. Polish forces gradually withdrew to the southeast where they prepared for a long defence of the Romanian Bridgehead
Romanian Bridgehead
and awaited the French and British support and relief that they were expecting. On 17 September 1939 the Soviet Red Army invaded the Kresy
Kresy
regions in accordance with the secret protocol.[20][Note 7] At the opening of hostilities several Polish cities including Dubno, Łuck and Włodzimierz Wołyński let the Red Army
Red Army
in peacefully, convinced that it was marching on in order to fight the Germans. General Juliusz Rómmel
Juliusz Rómmel
of the Polish Army
Polish Army
issued an unauthorised order to treat them like an ally before it was too late.[23] The Soviet government announced it was acting to protect the Ukrainians and Belarusians
Belarusians
who lived in the eastern part of Poland, because the Polish state – according to Soviet propaganda
Soviet propaganda
– had collapsed in the face of the Nazi German attack and could no longer guarantee the security of its own citizens.[24][25][26][27] Facing a second front, the Polish government concluded that the defence of the Romanian Bridgehead was no longer feasible and ordered an emergency evacuation of all uniformed troops to then-neutral Romania.[1] Poland between world wars[edit] The result of the Paris Peace Conference (1919) did little to decrease the territorial ambitions of parties in the region. Józef Piłsudski sought to expand the Polish borders as far east as possible in an attempt to create a Polish-led federation to counter any potential imperialist intentions on the part of Russia
Russia
or Germany.[28] At the same time, the Bolsheviks began to gain the upper hand in the Russian Civil War and started to advance westward towards the disputed territories with the intent of assisting other Communist movements in Western Europe.[29] The border skirmishes of 1919 progressively escalated into the Polish–Soviet War
Polish–Soviet War
in 1920.[30] Following the Polish victory at the Battle of Warsaw, the Soviets sued for peace and the war ended with an armistice in October 1920.[31] The parties signed the formal peace treaty, the Peace of Riga, on 18 March 1921, dividing the disputed territories between Poland and Soviet Russia.[32] In an action that largely determined the Soviet-Polish border during the interwar period, the Soviets offered the Polish peace delegation territorial concessions in the contested borderland areas, closely resembling the border between the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
before the first partition of 1772.[33] In the aftermath of the peace agreement, Soviet leaders largely abandoned the cause of international revolution and did not return to the concept for approximately 20 years.[34] The Conference of Ambassadors and the international community (with the exception of Lithuania) recognized Poland's eastern frontiers in 1923.[35][36] Treaty negotiations[edit] Further information: Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, German–Soviet Commercial Agreement (1939), and Polish-British Common Defence Pact

Planned and actual divisions of Poland, according to the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact

Germany marched into Prague on 15 March 1939. In mid-April, the Soviet Union, Britain and France
France
began trading diplomatic suggestions regarding a political and military agreement to counter potential further German aggression.[37][38] Poland did not participate in these talks.[39] The tripartite discussions focused on possible guarantees to participating countries should German expansionism continue.[40] The Soviets did not trust the British or the French to honour a collective security agreement, because they had already failed to react against the Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War
Spanish Civil War
and protect Czechoslovakia from dismemberment. The Soviet Union
Soviet Union
also suspected that Britain and France
France
would seek to remain on the sidelines of any potential Nazi-Soviet conflict.[41] In reality however, Stalin had been conducting secret talks with Nazi Germany already since 1936 through his emissaries, and all along a deal with Hitler remained his first diplomatic choice, wrote Robert C. Grogin (author of Natural Enemies).[42] The Soviet Union
Soviet Union
sought nothing short of an ironclad guarantee against losing its sphere of influence,[43] and insisted on stretching the so-called buffer zone from Finland
Finland
to Romania, in the event of an attack.[44][45] The Soviets demanded the right to enter these countries in the event of a security threat.[46] When the military talks began in mid-August, negotiations quickly stalled over the topic of Soviet troop passage through Poland if the Germans attacked. British and French officials pressured Polish government to agree to the Soviet terms.[18][47] However, Polish officials bluntly refused to allow Soviet troops in Poland. They believed that once the Red Army
Red Army
entered Poland it might never leave.[48] The Soviets suggested that Poland's wishes be ignored, and that the tripartite agreements be concluded despite its objections.[49] The British refused to do so because they believed that such a move would push Poland into establishing stronger bilateral relations with Germany.[50] Meanwhile, German officials secretly hinted to Soviet diplomats for months that it could offer better terms for a political agreement than Britain and France.[51] The Soviet Union
Soviet Union
began discussions with Nazi Germany regarding the establishment of an economic agreement while concurrently negotiating with those of the tripartite group.[51] In late July and early August 1939, Soviet and German officials agreed on most of the details for a planned economic agreement, and specifically addressed a potential political agreement.[52] On 19 August 1939, German and Soviet officials concluded the 1939 German–Soviet Commercial Agreement, an economic mutual understanding that exchanged Soviet Union
Soviet Union
raw materials with Germany in exchange for weapons, military technology and civilian machinery. Two days later, the Soviets suspended the tripartite military talks.[51][53] On 24 August, the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and Germany signed the political and military deal that accompanied the trade agreement, the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. This pact was an agreement of mutual non-aggression that contained secret protocols dividing the states of northern and eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influence. The Soviet sphere initially included Latvia, Estonia
Estonia
and Finland.[Note 8] Germany and the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
would partition Poland; the areas east of the Pisa, Narev, Vistula, and San rivers going to the Soviet Union. The pact provided the Soviets with the chance of taking part in the invasion,[21] and offered an opportunity to regain territories ceded in the Peace of Riga
Peace of Riga
of 1921. The Soviets would enlarge the Ukrainian and Belarusian republics to include the entire eastern half of Poland without the threat of disagreement with Adolf Hitler.[56][57] The day after the Germans and Soviets signed the pact, the French and British military delegations urgently requested a meeting with Soviet military negotiator Kliment Voroshilov.[58] On 25 August, Voroshilov told them "[i]n view of the changed political situation, no useful purpose can be served in continuing the conversation."[58] The same day, Britain and Poland signed the British-Polish Pact of Mutual Assistance.[59] In this accord, Britain committed itself to the defence of Poland, guaranteeing to preserve Polish independence.[59] German invasion of Poland[edit] Hitler tried to dissuade the British and the French from interfering in the upcoming conflict and on 26 August 1939 proposed to make Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
forces available to Britain in the future.[60] At midnight on 29 August, German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop
Joachim von Ribbentrop
handed British Ambassador Neville Henderson
Neville Henderson
the list of terms that would allegedly ensure peace in regards to Poland.[61] Under the terms, Poland was to hand over Danzig (Gdańsk) to Germany, and there was to be a plebiscite (referendum) in the Polish Corridor
Polish Corridor
within the year based on residency from 1919 (not after).[61] When the Polish Ambassador Lipski went to see Ribbentrop on 30 August and said that he did not have the power to sign anything of the sort, Ribbentrop dismissed him.[62] The Germans announced that Poland had rejected German offer and negotiations with Poland were finished.[63] On 31 August, German units posing as Polish troops staged the Gleiwitz incident near the border city of Gleiwitz.[64] The following morning Hitler ordered hostilities against Poland to start at 04:45 on 1 September.[62]

Hitler watching German soldiers marching into Poland in September 1939.

The Allied governments declared war on Germany on 3 September but failed to provide any meaningful support.[65] Despite some Polish successes in minor border battles, German technical, operational and numerical superiority forced the Polish armies to retreat from the borders towards Warsaw
Warsaw
and Lwów. On 10 September, the Polish commander-in-chief, Marshal Edward Rydz-Śmigły, ordered a general retreat to the southeast towards the Romanian Bridgehead.[66] Soon after they began their invasion of Poland, the Nazi leaders began urging the Soviets to play their agreed part and attack Poland from the east. Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov
Vyacheslav Molotov
and German ambassador to Moscow Friedrich Werner von der Schulenburg
Friedrich Werner von der Schulenburg
exchanged a series of diplomatic messages on the matter but the Soviets nevertheless delayed their invasion of eastern Poland. The Soviets were distracted by crucial events relating to their ongoing border disputes with Japan. They needed time to mobilize the Red Army
Red Army
and they saw a diplomatic advantage in waiting until Poland had disintegrated before making their move.[67][68] On 14 September, with Poland's collapse near, the Soviet press began making ominous statements about Poland.[69] The undeclared war between the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and the Empire of Japan
Empire of Japan
at the Battles of Khalkhin Gol (Nomonhan) in the Far East
Far East
ended with the Molotov–Tojo agreement between the USSR
USSR
and Japan which was signed on 15 September, with a ceasefire taking effect on 16 September.[70][69] On 17 September, Molotov delivered a declaration of war to Wacław Grzybowski, the Polish Ambassador in Moscow:

Warsaw, as the capital of Poland, no longer exists. The Polish Government has disintegrated, and no longer shows any sign of life. This means that the Polish State and its Government have, in point of fact, ceased to exist. In the same way, the Agreements concluded between the U.S.S.R. and Poland have ceased to operate. Left to her own devices and bereft of leadership, Poland has become a suitable field for all manner of hazards and surprises, which may constitute a threat to the U.S.S.R. For these reasons the Soviet Government, who has hitherto been neutral, cannot any longer preserve a neutral attitude towards these facts... In these circumstances, the Soviet Government have directed the High Command of the Red Army
Red Army
to order troops to cross the frontier and to take under their protection the life and property of the population of Western Ukraine
Ukraine
and Western Belarus. — People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs of the U.S.S.R. V. Molotov, September 17, 1939 [71]

Molotov declared on the radio that all treaties between the Soviet Union and Poland were now void; the Polish government had abandoned its people and effectively ceased to exist.[27][72] On the same day, the Red Army
Red Army
crossed the border into Poland.[1][67] Soviet invasion of Poland[edit] In the morning of 17 September 1939, Polish administration was still active on the whole territory of six eastern voivodeships, plus on parts of territories of additional five voivodeships; in eastern Poland, schools were opened in mid-September 1939.[73] Polish Army units concentrated their activities in two areas – southern (Tomaszów Lubelski, Zamość, Lwów), and central (Warsaw, Modlin, and the Bzura
Bzura
river). Due to stubborn Polish defense and lack of fuel, the German advance stalled, and the situation stabilized for the areas east of the line Augustów
Augustów
Grodno
Grodno
Białystok
Białystok
Kobryń
Kobryń
Kowel
Kowel
Żółkiew
Żółkiew
Lwów
Lwów
Żydaczów
Żydaczów
– Stryj – Turka.[74] Rail connections were operating in approximately one-third of the territory of the country, and both passenger and cargo traffic was moving on the borders with five neighboring countries (Lithuania, Latvia, Soviet Union, Romania, and Hungary). In Pińsk, assembly of PZL.37 Łoś
PZL.37 Łoś
planes was going on, in a PZL factory that had been moved from Warsaw.[75] A French Navy
French Navy
ship carrying Renault R35
Renault R35
tanks for Poland approached the Romanian port of Constanta.[76] Another ship, with artillery equipment, had just left Marseilles. Altogether, seventeen French ships with materiel were heading towards Romania, carrying fifty tanks, twenty airplanes, and large quantities of ammunition and explosives.[74] Several major cities were still in Polish hands, such as Warsaw, Lwów, Wilno, Grodno, Łuck, Tarnopol, and Lublin (captured by the Germans on 18 September). According to Leszek Moczulski, approximately 750,000 soldiers were still in the ranks of Polish Army
Polish Army
(Polish historians Czesław Grzelak (pl) and Henryk Stańczyk (pl) claim that the Polish Army
Polish Army
still had 650,000 soldiers,[74]) including twenty six infantry divisions and two motorized brigades. (One of the latter, the Warsaw
Warsaw
Armoured Motorized Brigade, had not yet taken part in combat, and on 14 September began to move southwards, to join Army Kraków.)[77]

Soviet invasion of Poland, 1939. Advance of the Red Army
Red Army
troops

The Polish Army, although weakened by weeks of fighting, still was a formidable force. As Moczulski wrote, on 17 September 1939, the Polish Army was still bigger than most European armies and strong enough to fight the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
for a long time.[75] On the Baranowicze
Baranowicze
Łuniniec
Łuniniec
– Równe line, rail transport of troops from the northeastern corner of the country towards the Romanian Bridgehead
Romanian Bridgehead
was going on day and night (among them were the 35th Reserve Infantry Division under Colonel Jarosław Szafran,[78] and the so-called " Grodno
Grodno
Group" ("Grupa grodzieńska") of Colonel Bohdan Hulewicz (pl)), and the second largest battle of the September Campaign – Battle of Tomaszów Lubelski, started on the day of the Soviet invasion. According to Leszek Moczulski, around 250,000 Polish soldiers were fighting in central Poland, 350,000 were getting ready to defend the Romanian Bridgehead, 35,000 were north of Polesie, and 10,000 were fighting on the Baltic coast of Poland, in Hel and Gdynia. Due to the ongoing battles in the area of Warsaw, Modlin, the Bzura, Zamość, Lwów
Lwów
and Tomaszów Lubelski, most German divisions were ordered to move back towards these locations. The area remaining in control of the Polish authorities was some 140,000 square kilometers – approximately 200 kilometers wide and 950 kilometers long – from the Daugava to the Carpathian Mountains.[74] Polish Radio Baranowicze and Polish Radio Wilno stopped working on 16 September, after having been bombed by the Luftwaffe, but Polish Radio Lwów
Lwów
and Polish Radio Warsaw
Warsaw
II still worked on 17 September.[79] Opposing forces[edit] See also: Polish army order of battle in 1939, Soviet order of battle for invasion of Poland in 1939, and Opposing forces in the Polish September Campaign The Red Army
Red Army
entered the eastern regions of Poland with seven field armies, containing between 450,000 and 1,000,000 troops, split between two fronts.[1] Comandarm 2nd rank Mikhail Kovalyov led the Red Army
Red Army
in the invasion on the Belarusian Front, while Comandarm 1st rank Semyon Timoshenko commanded the invasion on the Ukrainian Front.[1] Under the Polish Plan West
Plan West
defensive plan, Poland assumed the Soviet Union would remain neutral during a conflict with Germany. As a result, Polish commanders deployed most of their troops to the west, to face the German invasion. By this time, no more than 20 under-strength battalions, consisting of about 20,000 troopers of the Border Protection Corps, defended the eastern border.[1][80] When the Red Army
Red Army
invaded Poland on 17 September, the Polish military was in the midst of a fighting retreat towards the Romanian Bridgehead whereupon they would regroup and await British and French relief. Military campaign[edit]

Disposition of all troops following the Soviet invasion

When the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
invaded, Rydz-Śmigły was initially inclined to order the eastern border forces to resist, but was dissuaded by Prime Minister Felicjan Sławoj Składkowski
Felicjan Sławoj Składkowski
and President Ignacy Mościcki.[1][80] At 04:00 on 17 September, Rydz-Śmigły ordered the Polish troops to fall back, stipulating that they only engage Soviet troops in self-defense.[1] However, the German invasion had severely damaged the Polish communication systems, causing command and control problems for the Polish forces.[81] In the resulting confusion, clashes between Polish and Soviet forces occurred along the border.[1][80] General Wilhelm Orlik-Rückemann, who took command of the Border Protection Corps
Border Protection Corps
on 30 August, received no official directives after his appointment.[7] As a result, he and his subordinates continued to engage Soviet forces proactively, before dissolving the group on 1 October.[7] The Polish government refused to surrender or negotiate a peace and instead ordered all units to evacuate Poland and reorganize in France.[1] The day after the Soviet invasion started, the Polish government crossed into Romania. Polish units proceeded to manoeuvre towards the Romanian bridgehead area, sustaining German attacks on one flank and occasionally clashing with Soviet troops on the other. In the days following the evacuation order, the Germans defeated the Polish Kraków Army
Kraków Army
and Lublin Army
Lublin Army
at the Battle of Tomaszów Lubelski.[82]

German and Soviet officers shaking hands following the invasion

Soviet units often met their German counterparts advancing from the opposite direction. Notable examples of co-operation occurred between the two armies in the field. The Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
passed the Brest Fortress to the Soviet 29th Tank Brigade, which had been seized after the Battle of Brześć Litewski
Battle of Brześć Litewski
on 17 September.[83] German General Heinz Guderian and Soviet Brigadier Semyon Krivoshein
Semyon Krivoshein
on 22 September held a joint parade in the town.[83] Lwów
Lwów
(now Lviv) surrendered on 22 September, days after the Germans had handed the siege operations over to the Soviets.[84] Soviet forces had taken Wilno (now Vilnius) on 19 September after a two-day battle, and they took Grodno
Grodno
on 24 September after a four-day battle. By 28 September, the Red Army
Red Army
had reached the line formed by the Narew, Western Bug, Vistula
Vistula
and San rivers—the border agreed in advance with the Germans. Despite a tactical Polish victory on 28 September at the Battle of Szack, the outcome of the larger conflict was never in doubt.[85] Civilian volunteers, militias and reorganised retreating units held out against German forces in the Polish capital, Warsaw, until 28 September, and the Modlin Fortress, north of Warsaw, surrendered the next day after an intense sixteen-day battle. On 1 October, Soviet troops drove Polish units into the forests in the battle of Wytyczno, one of the last direct confrontations of the campaign.[86] Several isolated Polish garrisons managed to hold their positions long after being surrounded, such as those in the Volhynian Sarny Fortified Area which held out until 25 September. The last operational unit of the Polish Army
Polish Army
to surrender was General Franciszek Kleeberg's Independent Operational Group Polesie. Kleeberg surrendered on 6 October after the four-day Battle of Kock, effectively ending the September Campaign. On 31 October, Molotov reported to the Supreme Soviet: "A short blow by the German army, and subsequently by the Red Army, was enough for nothing to be left of this bastard (ублюдок) of the Treaty of Versailles".[87][88] Domestic reaction[edit]

"Liberation of brotherly people of Western Ukraine
Ukraine
and Western Belorussia on 17 September 1939" Post stamps of USSR, 1940.

The response of non-ethnic Poles to the situation added a further complication. Many Ukrainians, Belarusians
Belarusians
and Jews welcomed the invading troops.[89] Local Communists gathered people to welcome Red Army troops in the traditional Slavic way by presenting bread and salt in the eastern suburb of Brest. For this occasion a sort of triumphal arch was made of two poles, decked with spruce branches and flowers. A banner, a long strip of red cloth with a slogan in Russian, glorifying the USSR
USSR
and welcoming the Red Army, crowned the arch.[90] The local reaction was mentioned by Lev Mekhlis, who told Stalin that the people of West Ukraine
Ukraine
welcomed the Soviets "like true liberators".[91] The Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists
Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists
rebelled against the Poles, and communist partisans organized local uprisings, such as that in Skidel.[1] International reaction[edit] The reaction of France
France
and Britain to the Soviet invasion and annexation of Eastern Poland was muted, since neither country expected or wanted a confrontation with the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
at that time.[92][93] Under the terms of the Polish-British Common Defence Pact of 25 August 1939, the British had promised assistance if a European power attacked Poland.[Note 9] A secret protocol of the pact, however, specified that the European power referred to Germany.[95] When Polish Ambassador Edward Raczyński reminded Foreign Secretary Edward Frederick Lindley Wood of the pact, he was bluntly told that it was Britain's business whether to declare war on the Soviet Union.[92] British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
Neville Chamberlain
considered making a public commitment to restore the Polish state but in the end issued only general condemnations.[92] This stance represented Britain's attempt at balance: its security interests included trade with the Soviets that would support its war effort and the possibility of a future Anglo-Soviet alliance against Germany.[95] Public opinion in Britain was divided between expressions of outrage at the invasion and a perception that Soviet claims to the region were reasonable.[95] While the French had made promises to Poland, including the provision of air support, these were not honoured. A Franco-Polish Military Alliance was signed in 1921 and amended thereafter. The agreements were not strongly supported by the French military leadership, though; the relationship deteriorated during the 1920s and 1930s.[96] In the French view, the German-Soviet alliance was fragile and overt denunciation of, or action against, the Soviets would not serve either France's or Poland's best interests.[93] Once the Soviets moved into Poland, the French and the British decided there was nothing they could do for Poland in the short term and began planning for a long-term victory instead. The French had advanced tentatively into the Saar region in early September, but after the Polish defeat they retreated behind the Maginot Line
Maginot Line
on 4 October.[97] On 1 October 1939, Winston Churchill—via the radio—stated:

... That the Russian armies should stand on this line was clearly necessary for the safety of Russia
Russia
against the Nazi menace. At any rate, the line is there, and an Eastern Front has been created which Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
does not dare assail. When Herr von Ribbentrop was summoned to Moscow last week it was to learn the fact, and to accept the fact, that the Nazi designs upon the Baltic States and upon the Ukraine
Ukraine
must come to a dead stop.[98]

Aftermath[edit] Main article: Occupation of Poland (1939–1945) Further information: History of Poland (1939–1945)
History of Poland (1939–1945)
and Polish prisoners of war in Soviet Union
Soviet Union
(after 1939) In October 1939, Molotov reported to the Supreme Soviet that the Soviets had suffered 737 deaths and 1,862 casualties during the campaign, although Polish specialists claim up to 3,000 deaths and 8,000–10,000 wounded.[1] On the Polish side, 3,000–7,000 soldiers died fighting the Red Army, with 230,000–450,000 taken prisoner.[4] The Soviets often failed to honour the terms of surrender. In some cases, they promised Polish soldiers their freedom and then arrested them when they laid down their arms.[1]

Polish prisoners of war captured by the Red Army
Red Army
during the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939

The Soviet Union
Soviet Union
had ceased to recognise the Polish state at the start of the invasion. Neither side issued a formal declaration of war; this decision had significant consequences, and Smigly-Rydz would be criticised for it.[99] The Soviets killed tens of thousands of Polish prisoners of war, some during the campaign itself.[100] On 24 September, the Soviets killed 42 staff and patients of a Polish military hospital in the village of Grabowiec, near Zamość.[101] The Soviets also executed all the Polish officers they captured after the Battle of Szack, on 28 September 1939.[85] Over 20,000 Polish military personnel and civilians perished in the Katyn massacre.[1][83] Torture was used by the NKVD
NKVD
on a wide scale in various prisons, especially those in small towns.[102]

The Soviet document of decision regarding the mass execution of Polish officers (Katyn massacre)

The Poles and the Soviets re-established diplomatic relations in 1941, following the Sikorski–Mayski Agreement; but the Soviets broke them off again in 1943 after the Polish government demanded an independent examination of the recently discovered Katyn burial pits (Katyn massacre).[103][104] The Soviets then lobbied the Western Allies to recognise the pro-Soviet Polish government of Wanda Wasilewska
Wanda Wasilewska
in Moscow.[105][106] On 28 September 1939, the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and Germany signed the German–Soviet Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Demarcation, changing the secret terms of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. They moved Lithuania
Lithuania
into the Soviet sphere of influence and shifted the border in Poland to the east, giving Germany more territory.[2] By this arrangement, often described as a fourth partition of Poland,[1] the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
secured almost all Polish territory east of the line of the rivers Pisa, Narew, Western Bug and San. This amounted to about 200,000 km² of land, inhabited by 13.5 million Polish citizens.[81] The border created in this agreement roughly corresponded to the Curzon Line
Curzon Line
drawn by the British in 1919, a point that would successfully be used by Stalin during negotiations with the Allies at the Teheran and Yalta Conferences.[107] The Red Army
Red Army
had originally sown confusion among the locals by claiming that they were arriving to save Poland from the Nazis.[108] Their advance surprised Polish communities and their leaders, who had not been advised how to respond to a Soviet invasion. Polish and Jewish citizens may at first have preferred a Soviet regime to a German one.[109] However, the Soviets were quick to impose their ideology on the local ways of life. For instance, the Soviets quickly began confiscating, nationalising and redistributing all private and state-owned Polish property.[110] During the two years following the annexation, the Soviets also arrested approximately 100,000 Polish citizens.[111] Due to a lack of access to secret Soviet archives, for many years after the war the estimates of the number of Polish citizens deported to Siberia
Siberia
from the areas of Eastern Poland, as well as the number who perished under Soviet rule, were largely guesswork. A wide range of numbers was given in various works, between 350,000 and 1,500,000 for the number deported to Siberia
Siberia
and between 250,000 and 1,000,000 for the number who died, these numbers mostly included civilians.[112] With the opening of the Soviet secret archives after 1989, the lower range of these estimates has emerged as closer to the truth. In August 2009, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion, the authoritative Polish Institute of National Remembrance
Polish Institute of National Remembrance
announced that its researchers reduced the estimate of the number of people deported to Siberia
Siberia
from one million to 320,000, and estimated that 150,000 Polish citizens perished under Soviet rule during the war.[113] Belorussia and Ukraine[edit] Further information: Territories of Poland annexed by the Soviet Union Of the 13.5 million civilians living in the newly annexed territories, according to the last official Polish census the population was over 38% Poles (5.1 million), 37% Ukrainians
Ukrainians
(4.7 million), 14.5% Belarusians, 8.4% Jews, 0.9% Russians and 0.6% Germans.[114] On 26 October, elections to Belorussian and Ukrainian assemblies were held to give the annexation an appearance of validity.[Note 10] The Belarusians
Belarusians
and Ukrainians
Ukrainians
in Poland had been increasingly alienated by the Polonization
Polonization
policies of the Polish government and its repression of their separatist movements, so they felt little loyalty towards the Polish state.[10][116] Not all Belarusians
Belarusians
and Ukrainians, however, trusted the Soviet regime.[108] In practice, the poor generally welcomed the Soviets, and the elites tended to join the opposition, despite supporting the reunification itself.[117][118] The Soviets quickly introduced Sovietization policies in Western Belorussia and Western Ukraine, including compulsory collectivization of the whole region. In the process, they ruthlessly broke up political parties and public associations and imprisoned or executed their leaders as "enemies of the people".[108] The Soviet authorities also suppressed the anti-Polish Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, which had actively resisted the Polish regime since the 1920s; aiming for an independent, undivided Ukrainian state.[118][119] The unifications of 1939 were nevertheless a decisive event in the history of Ukraine
Ukraine
and Belarus, because they produced the two republics which eventually achieved independence in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union.[120] Communist and later censorship[edit] Soviet censors later suppressed many details of the 1939 invasion and its aftermath.[121][122] From the start The Politburo
Politburo
called the operation a "liberation campaign", and later Soviet statements and publications never wavered from that line.[123] Despite the publication of a recovered copy of the secret protocols of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact
Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact
in the western media, for decades, it was the official policy of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
to deny the existence of the protocols.[124] The existence of the secret protocol was officially denied until 1989. Censorship was also applied in the People's Republic of Poland, in order to preserve the image of "Polish-Soviet friendship" which was promoted by the two communist governments. Official policy only allowed accounts of the 1939 campaign that portrayed it as a reunification of the Belarusian and Ukrainian peoples and a liberation of the Polish people from "oligarchic capitalism." The authorities strongly discouraged any further study or teaching of the subject.[83][86][125] Various underground publications addressed the issue, as did other media, such as the 1982 protest song Ballada wrześniowa by Jacek Kaczmarski.[86][126] In 2009, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin
wrote in the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza
Gazeta Wyborcza
that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
concluded in August 1939 was "immoral".[127] In 2015, then President of the Russian Federation, he commented: "In this sense I share the opinion of our culture minister ( Vladimir Medinsky
Vladimir Medinsky
praising the pact as a triumph of Stalin's diplomacy) that this pact had significance for ensuring the security of the USSR".[128] In 2016 the Russian Supreme Court upheld the decision of a lower court, which had found a blogger, Vladimir Luzgin,[129] guilty of the "rehabilitation of Nazism" for reposting a text on social media that described the invasion of Poland in 1939 as a joint effort by Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
and the Soviet Union.[130] See also[edit]

History of Poland (1939–1945)

References[edit] Notes[edit]

^ Increasing numbers of Border Protection Corps
Border Protection Corps
units, as well as Polish Army
Polish Army
units stationed in the East during peacetime, were sent to the Polish-German border before or during the German invasion. The Border Protection Corps
Border Protection Corps
forces guarding the eastern border numbered approximately 20,000 men.[1] ^ The retreat from the Germans disrupted and weakened Polish Army units, making estimates of their strength problematic. Sanford estimated that approximately 250,000 troops found themselves in the line of the Soviet advance and offered only sporadic resistance.[1] ^ The figures do not take into account the approximately 2,500 prisoners of war executed in immediate reprisals or by anti-Polish Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists.[1] ^ Soviet official losses – figures provided by Krivosheev – are currently estimated at 1,475 KIA or MIA presumed dead (Ukrainian Front – 972, Belorussian Front – 503), and 2,383 WIA (Ukrainian Front – 1,741, Belorussian Front – 642). The Soviets lost approximately 150 tanks in combat of which 43 as irrecoverable losses, while hundreds more suffered technical failures.[3] Sanford indicates that Polish estimates of Soviet losses are 3,000 dead and 10,000 wounded.[1] Russian historian Igor Bunich estimates Soviet losses at 5,327 KIA or MIA without a trace and WIA.[6] ^ Tadeusz Piotrowski (1998). Poland's Holocaust. McFarland. p. 12. ISBN 0786403713. In September, even before the start of the Nazi atrocities that would horrify the world, the Soviets began their own program of systematic individual and mass executions. On the outskirts of Lwów, several hundred policemen were executed at one time. Near Łuniniec, officers and noncommissioned officers of the Frontier Defence Cops together with some policemen, were ordered into barns, taken out and shot ... after December 1939, three hundred Polish priests were killed. And there were many other such incidents.  ^ The exact number of people deported between 1939–1941 remains unknown. Estimates vary between 350,000 and more than 1.5 million; Rummel estimates the number at 1.2 million and Kushner and Knox 1.5 million.[14][15] ^ The Soviet Union
Soviet Union
was reluctant to intervene until the fall of Warsaw to the Germans.[21] The actual attack was delayed for more than a week after the decision to invade Poland was already communicated to the German ambassador Friedrich Werner von der Schulenburg
Friedrich Werner von der Schulenburg
on 9 September. The Soviet zone of influence according to the Pact was carved out through tactical operations.[22] ^ On 28 September, the borders were redefined by adding the area between the Vistula
Vistula
and Bug rivers to the German sphere and moving Lithuania
Lithuania
into the Soviet sphere.[54][55] ^ The "Agreement of Mutual Assistance between the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and Poland" (London, 25 August 1939) states in Article 1: "Should one of the Contracting Parties become engaged in hostilities with a European Power in consequence of aggression by the latter against that Contracting Party, the other Contracting Party will at once give the Contracting Party engaged in hostilities all the support and assistance in its power."[94] ^ The voters had a choice of only one candidate for each position of deputy; the communist party commissars then provided the assemblies with resolutions that would push through nationalization of banks and heavy industry and transfers of land to peasant communities.[115]

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World War II German Invasion of Poland Polish contribution to World War II Italian Campaign Ghetto uprisings

Warsaw
Warsaw
Ghetto Uprising Białystok
Białystok
Ghetto Uprising Częstochowa Ghetto Uprising

Operation Tempest

Operation Ostra Brama Lwów
Lwów
uprising Warsaw
Warsaw
Uprising

People's Republic

Warsaw
Warsaw
Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia

Third Republic

War in Afghanistan Iraq War

2003 invasion of Iraq Occupation of Iraq

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Armed conflicts involving Russia
Russia
(incl. Imperial and Soviet times)

Internal

Razin's Rebellion Bulavin Rebellion Pugachev's Rebellion Decembrist revolt Russian Civil War August Uprising Bitch Wars Coup d'état attempt (1991) 1993 Russian constitutional crisis First Chechen War War of Dagestan Second Chechen War Insurgency in the North Caucasus

Pre-17th century

Muscovite–Volga Bulgars war (1376) First Muscovite–Lithuanian War (1492–94) Russo-Swedish War (1495–97) Second Muscovite–Lithuanian War
Second Muscovite–Lithuanian War
(1500–03) Third Muscovite–Lithuanian War
Third Muscovite–Lithuanian War
(1507–08) Fourth Muscovite–Lithuanian War
Fourth Muscovite–Lithuanian War
(1512–22) Fifth Muscovite–Lithuanian War (1534–37) Russo-Crimean Wars Russo-Kazan Wars Russo-Swedish War (1554–57) Livonian War Russian Conquest of Siberia
Siberia
(1580–1747) Russo-Swedish War (1590–95) Polish–Muscovite War (1605–18)
Polish–Muscovite War (1605–18)
and the Time of Troubles Ingrian War Smolensk War Russo-Persian War (1651–53) Sino-Russian border conflicts
Sino-Russian border conflicts
(1652–89) Russo-Polish War (1654–67) Second Northern War Russo-Turkish War (1676–81) Russo-Turkish War (1686–1700)

18th–19th century

Great Northern War Russo-Turkish War (1710–11) Russo-Persian War (1722–23) War of the Polish Succession
War of the Polish Succession
(1733–38) Austro-Russian–Turkish War (1735–39) War of the Austrian Succession
War of the Austrian Succession
(1740–48) Russo-Swedish War (1741–43) Seven Years' War Russo-Turkish War (1768–74) Bar Confederation Russo-Turkish War (1787–92) Russo-Swedish War (1788–90) Russo-Polish War (1792) Kościuszko Uprising Russo-Persian War (1796) War of the Second Coalition War of the Third Coalition Russo-Persian War (1804–13) War of the Fourth Coalition Russo-Turkish War (1806–12) Anglo-Russian War Finnish War War of the Fifth Coalition French invasion of Russia War of the Sixth Coalition War of the Seventh Coalition Russian conquest of the Caucasus Caucasian War

Russo-Circassian War Murid War

Russo-Persian War (1826–28) Russo-Turkish War (1828–29) November Uprising Russian conquest of Bukhara Hungarian Revolution of 1848 Crimean War January Uprising Russo-Turkish War (1877–78) Boxer Rebellion

Russian invasion of Manchuria

20th century

Russo-Japanese War Russian Invasion of Tabriz, 1911 World War I Russian Civil War Ukrainian–Soviet War Finnish Civil War Heimosodat Soviet westward offensive of 1918–19

Estonian War of Independence Latvian War of Independence Lithuanian–Soviet War

Polish–Soviet War Red Army
Red Army
invasion of Azerbaijan Red Army
Red Army
invasion of Armenia Red Army
Red Army
invasion of Georgia Red Army
Red Army
intervention in Mongolia Sino-Soviet conflict (1929) Soviet–Japanese border conflicts Soviet invasion of Xinjiang Xinjiang War (1937) World War II

Soviet invasion of Poland Winter War Soviet occupation of the Baltic states (1940) Continuation War Eastern Front (World War II) Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran Soviet–Japanese War

Guerrilla war in the Baltic states Ili Rebellion First Indochina War Korean War Hungarian Revolution of 1956 Eritrean War of Independence War of Attrition Warsaw
Warsaw
Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia Sino-Soviet border conflict Vietnam War Ogaden War South African Border War Soviet–Afghan War

Post-Soviet

Nagorno-Karabakh War Transnistria War Georgian Civil War Tajikistani Civil War Russo-Georgian War Intervention in Ukraine

Annexation of Crimea War in Donbass

Intervention in Syria

Military history of Russia Russian Winter Russian Revolution Cold War Sphere of influence

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Soviet occupations

Europe

Austria Baltic states

Estonia Latvia Lithuania

Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina Bornholm Czechoslovakia Finland Germany

East Prussia

Hungary Poland

Western Ukraine

Romania Ukraine

Asia

Afghanistan Northern Iran Manchuria North Korea

Italics indicate countries occupied while Soviet Union
Soviet Union
was a member of the Allies of World War II.

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Joseph Stalin

History and politics

Overviews

Early life Russian Revolution, Russian Civil War, Polish-Soviet War Rise Rule as Soviet leader Cult of personality

Chronology

August Uprising Anti-religious campaign (1921–1928)/(1928–1941) Collectivization

Kolkhoz Sovkhoz

Chinese Civil War First five-year plan Sino-Soviet conflict (1929) 16th / 17th Congress of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) 1931 Menshevik Trial Spanish Civil War Soviet invasion of Xinjiang Soviet–Japanese border conflicts 1937 Islamic rebellion in Xinjiang 1937 Soviet Union
Soviet Union
legislative election 18th Congress of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact Invasion of Poland Winter War Moscow Peace Treaty Occupation of the Baltic states German–Soviet Axis talks Soviet–Japanese Neutrality Pact Continuation War World War II Soviet atomic bomb project Tehran Conference Yalta Conference Potsdam Conference Ili Rebellion Sino-Soviet Treaty of Friendship and Alliance 1946 Iran crisis 1946 Soviet Union
Soviet Union
legislative election Turkish Straits crisis First Indochina War Cold War Sino-Soviet Treaty of Friendship, Alliance and Mutual Assistance Eastern Bloc Cominform Greek Civil War 1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état Tito–Stalin split Berlin Blockade Comecon 1950 Soviet Union
Soviet Union
legislative election 19th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Korean War

Concepts

Stalinism Neo-Stalinism Korenizatsiya Socialism in One Country Great Break Socialist realism Stalinist architecture Aggravation of class struggle under socialism Five-year plans Great Construction Projects of Communism Engineers of the human soul 1936 Soviet Constitution New Soviet man Stakhanovite Transformation of nature

Controversies

National delimitation in the Soviet Union Demolition of Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Great Purge Holodomor Gulag Decossackization Dekulakization Population transfer (Nazi–Soviet) Forced settlement Great Break Tax on trees Hitler Youth Conspiracy Hotel Lux Wittorf affair Soviet war crimes Rootless cosmopolitan Night of the Murdered Poets Doctors' plot Moscow Trials Case of Trotskyist Anti-Soviet Military Organization Allegations of antisemitism NKVD
NKVD
prisoner massacres Murder of Sergey Kirov Katyń massacre Medvedev Forest massacre 1937 Soviet Census Deportations (Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina Koreans) Operation "North" Georgian Affair Mingrelian Affair Leningrad Affair Relationship with Shostakovich Lysenkoism Japhetic theory Suppressed research in the Soviet Union Censorship of images Operation "Lentil" in the Caucasus Operation "Priboi" Vinnytsia massacre Kurapaty 1946–1947 Soviet famine Nazino affair 1941 Red Army
Red Army
purge 1906 Bolshevik raid on the Tsarevich Giorgi 1907 Tiflis bank robbery Soviet offensive plans controversy

Works

"Marxism and the National Question" "The Principles of Leninism" "Declaration of the Rights of the Peoples of Russia" "Ten Blows" speech Alleged 19 August 1939 speech Falsifiers of History Stalin Note The History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
(Bolsheviks) 1936 Soviet Constitution Stalin's poetry Dialectical and Historical Materialism Order No. 227 Order No. 270 "Marxism and Problems of Linguistics"

De-Stalinization

20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Pospelov Commission Rehabilitation Khrushchev Thaw On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences Gomulka thaw (Polish October) Soviet Nonconformist Art Shvernik Commission 22nd Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Era of Stagnation

Criticism and opposition

Stalin Epigram Lenin's Testament Ryutin Affair Anti-Stalinist left Trotskyism True Communists Russian Liberation Movement (Russian Liberation Army Russian Corps) Ukrainian Liberation Army Darkness at Noon Animal Farm Nineteen Eighty-Four Comparison of Nazism and Stalinism The Soviet Story

Remembrance

How the Steel Was Tempered Friends of the Soviet Union Iosif Stalin tank Iosif Stalin locomotive Generalissimus of the Soviet Union Stalin statues Pantheon, Moscow 1956 Georgian demonstrations Stalin Monument in Budapest Stalin Monument in Prague Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin
Museum, Gori Batumi Stalin Museum Places named after Stalin Yanks for Stalin Stalin Prize Stalin Peace Prize Stalin Society Stalin Bloc – For the USSR Name of Russia

Family

Besarion Jughashvili
Besarion Jughashvili
(father) Keke Geladze
Keke Geladze
(mother) Kato Svanidze
Kato Svanidze
(first wife) Yakov Dzhugashvili
Yakov Dzhugashvili
(son) Konstantin Kuzakov (son) Artyom Sergeyev (adopted son) Nadezhda Alliluyeva (second wife) Vasily Dzhugashvili
Vasily Dzhugashvili
(son) Svetlana Alliluyeva
Svetlana Alliluyeva
(daughter) Yevgeny Dzhugashvili (grandson) Galina Dzhugashvili (granddaughter) Joseph Alliluyev (grandson) Sergei Alliluyev (second father-in-law) Alexander Svanidze
Alexander Svanidze
(brother-in-law) Yuri Zhdanov (son-in-law) William Wesley Peters (son-in-law)

Friends

Ioseb Iremashvili Kamo (Bolshevik) Kliment Voroshilov Vyacheslav Molotov Lazar Kaganovich Grigory Ordzhonikidze Anastas Mikoyan

Residences

Tiflis Spiritual Seminary Kuntsevo Dacha Mayakovskaya (Moscow Metro) Sochi Dacha Blizhnyaya Dacha

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Soviet Union
portal Communism portal

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Nazi–Soviet relations before 1941

Prior antagonism

Anti-Comintern Pact "Jewish Bolshevism" Spanish Civil War German occupation of Czechoslovakia

Political

Relations before 1941 Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact

negotiations

Boundary and Friendship Treaty Population transfers Axis talks Gestapo– NKVD
NKVD
Conferences

Economic

Economic relations Commercial Agreement (1939) Commercial Agreement (1940) Border and Commercial Agreement (1941)

Military

Invasion of Poland Soviet invasion of Poland Occupation of the Baltic states Winter War Soviet occupation of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina Naval cruiser Lützow Soviet offensive plans controversy Basis Nord Komet Northern Sea Route Raid German–Soviet military parade in Brest-Litovsk

Aftermath

Operation Barbarossa Eastern Front Katyń massacre
Katyń massacre
controversy Falsifiers of History Baltic

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