Did Churchill and Roosevelt know about the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, or the following secret pacts between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union?

Did the Soviet Union try to join the Axis?

Key Facts. The Axis was opposed by the Allied Powers, led by Great Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union, and China. Five other nations joined the Axis after the start of World War II. The decline and fall of the Axis alliance began in 1943.

Was the Soviet Union ally or axis?

In fact, many nations were touched by the conflict, but the main combatants can be grouped into two opposing factions– Germany, Japan, and Italy where the Axis powers. France, Great Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union were the Allied powers.

What was the Soviet offensive?

The Soviet Red Army under General Georgy Zhukov launches Operation Uranus, the great Soviet counteroffensive that turned the tide in the Battle of Stalingrad. On June 22, 1941, despite the terms of the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939, Nazi Germany launched a massive invasion against the USSR.

Who were in the Axis?

Axis Powers, Coalition headed by Germany, Italy, and Japan that opposed the Allied Powers in World War II.

Why did Italy join the Axis?

Italy joined the war as one of the Axis Powers in 1940, as the French Third Republic surrendered, with a plan to concentrate Italian forces on a major offensive against the British Empire in Africa and the Middle East, known as the “parallel war”, while expecting the collapse of British forces in the European theatre.