The Signing of the Nazi - Soviet Non-Agression Pact
Ambassador Davies, Roosevelt's special envoy to the Soviet Union, warned his friend and master that Appeasement was driving Stalin into the arms of Hitler for fear of isolation by a European antibolshevik confederation. When it came, the Nazi - Soviet Pact involved the betrayal of republican Spain and further strained the credibility of the communists on the left. Russia remained unmoved by the war between Hitler and the Allies even after `the phony war' heated up with the Fall of France, looking upon it, not without some reason, as a war between capitalist empires which might yet bury their differences and attack her. Only the launching of Operation Barbarossa forced the Allies and the Soviet Union to make common cause against the common enemy.
Photo from Gernsheim `Historic Events 1839 - 1939'