PLEASE HELP!!! I've searched and searched but there is no clear explanation:
How was Lithuania drawn into World War 2?
when did Lithuania join? as an offensive move or defensive? (detailed)
- Model PilotLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
Lithuania was an independent nation seized by the USSR in 1939 when, as part of the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of August, a secret clause went into effect. The hidden deal was that the Soviets would intervene in eastern Poland if Germany and Poland were at war sometime after it started (I think it said three weeks?) This indeed happened, and they took Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia at the same time. When Germany attacked the USSR in summer, 1941 they invaded the seized lands since they were now the western part of the USSR...the new border having been part of the secret "Pact."
As in other countries, some of the local population collaborated with the Nazis, and some resisted. As a separate nation, Lithuania had ceased to exist in 1939. It has been revived since the USSR crumbled in 1991.
- 5 years ago
It was annexed by USSR (after accepting an ultimatum) in 1940.