Table of Data Points

Tag : Soviet Union

1945-08-181945-09-01Kuril Islands Invaded

Sovient troops from the 355th Rifle Division and elements of the 87th Rifle Corps occupy the Kuril islands. The 20,000 odd Japanese defenders surrender as part of the general surrender terms. The islands are annexed to the Soviet Union.

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1945-08-091945-08-20Soviets invade Manchuria

A significant factor in the rapid surrender of Japan after the second Atomic bomb was dropped. 700,000 Soviet troops occupied Manchuria. The systematic rape and pillage of the Chinese people was ignored by Soviet authorities.

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1945-07-171945-08-02Potsdam Conference

Stalin, Churchill, and Truman meet to discuss the post war fate of Germany.

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1945-06-24Moscow Victory Parade

The Soviet red army hold a victory parade through red square celebrating the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of the Great Patriotic War. This was the first Soviet military parade captured on color film.

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1945-05-09Stutthof Liberated

Stutthof, the first concentration camp built inside Germany, was the last liberated by Allied forces. Soviet troops arrive to find 100 prisoners still alive. Of the 110,000 deported there during the war over 85,000 had died.

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1945-05-051945-05-11Prague Offensive

The last major offensive on the Eastern front. Fought after the fall of Berlin and VE day. Soviet troops liberate Prague and capture or kill the remaining German troops in Army Group Center.

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1945-04-301945-05-02Reichstag falls

German defenders, who have entrenched themselves in the burnt out rubble of the Reichstag, fight room to room to prevent the fall of the government building. It takes two days for Soviet troops to clear the building entirely.

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1945-04-25Elbe Day

Soviet troops from the 1st Ukrainian front meet reconnaissance troops from the US First Army on the east bank of the Elbe river near Torgau. An important milestone in the sequence of events leading to the destruction of the Third Reich.

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1945-04-22Eberswalde captured

Hitler is informed that Soviet forces have taken Eberswalde without a fight. He admits defeat and decides that his only option is suicide.

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1945-04-21OKW at Zossen

The German Oberkommando der Wehrmacht headquarters (high command) comes under attack by Soviet troops.

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