Stalin returns to the persecution of his people and begins the Cold War.
The Red Army approaches Berlin.
Leningrad is liberated after a 900-day siege.
The Battle of Kursk breaks the back of Germany's military.
Stalin prohibits retreat on the battlefield; the siege of Stalingrad.
Partisan resistance begins as the Nazis move into territory formerly occupied by the Soviet Union.
Russia defends two cities as winter closes in and starvation claims thousands.
Hitler and Stalin become allies and invade Poland.
Stalin rises to power after the death of Lenin.