Joseph Stalin in World War II

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Joseph Stalin becomes the undisputed leader of Russia

1929

Stalin launched a series of five-year plans

1930

They were intended to transform the Soviet Union from a peasant society into an industrial superpower. His development plan was centered on government control of the economy and included the forced collectivization of Soviet agriculture, in which the government took control of farms.

Millions of farmers are punished

1932

Millions of farmers refused to cooperate with Stalin's orders and were shot or exiled as punishment. The forced collectivization of Soviet agriculture also led to widespread famine across the Soviet Union that killed millions.

Stalin and Hitler signed a nonaggression pact

1939

Stalin eliminates untrustworthy people

1940

Stalin killed 15,000 army officers as a purge of soldiers/people that he did not trust.

Stalin began an invasion into Finland

1940

He thought he would win easily and it would be a short war, but because his army was in such disarray, it took years.

Germany broke the Nazi-Soviet pact and invaded the USSR

1941

Because of Stalin's refusal to believe Germany had been preparing to invade the USSR, they were unprepared and quickly lost ground early on.

Stalin ignored warnings about a invasion from Germany

Approx. 1941

The Battle of Stalingrad

1942 - 1943

It stopped the German advance into the Soviet Union and marked the turning of the tide of war in favor of the Allies.

Stalin participates in Allied conference

1943

Stalin participates in another Allied conference

1945