A chronology of some of the more interesting events leading up to the break between Germany and Russia:
Nov. 12U.S.S.R.'s Premier Molotov arrives in Berlin, talks with Nazis in "an atmosphere of mutual confidence."
Nov. 23Rumania joins the Axis.
Jan. 1Dictator Joseph Stalin, in New Year's message, says U.S.S.R. is totally mobilized.
Jan. 10Germany and U.S.S.R. sign Pact of Friendship, extend trade agreements.
Feb. 25U.S.S.R. defense budget is a third of total budget, 24% higher than 1940's record appropriation.
March 1Bulgaria joins Axis and local Communists protest as Nazi troops enter Sofia heading for Greek border.
March 23Yosuke Matsuoka, Japan's Foreign Minister, visits Moscow.