Warsaw Pact in History

Historical Events

  • 1955-05-14 Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland & Romania
  • 1956-11-01 Nagy government of Hungary withdraws from Warsaw Pact

Soviet UnionWarsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia

1968-08-20 During the night 250,000 Soviet and Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia in response to the Prague Spring
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Crowds of protesters surround Soviet tanks during the first days of the invasion of Czechoslovakia
Crowds of protesters surround Soviet tanks during the first days of the invasion of Czechoslovakia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968-08-21 Warsaw Pact forces complete their invasion of Czechoslovakia by arresting the Czech leader Alexander Dubček and forcing him to sign the Moscow Protocols

Leader of Czechoslovakia Alexander Dubček
Leader of Czechoslovakia
Alexander Dubček
  • 1968-09-12 Albania announces it is withdrawing from the Warsaw Pact
  • 1968-09-13 Albania leaves Warsaw pact
  • 1990-01-12 Romania bans Communist party (1st Warsaw Pact member to do so)
  • 1990-09-24 East Germany leaves Warsaw Pact
  • 1991-03-31 Soviet Rep of Georgia endorsed independence; Warsaw Pact dissolves
  • 1991-04-01 Warsaw Pact officially dissolves
  • 1999-03-12 Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
  • 2005-11-25 Polish Minister of National Defence Radek Sikorski opens Warsaw Pact archives to historians showing maps of possible nuclear strikes against Western Europe, including the nuclear annihilation of 43 Polish cities by Soviet-controlled forces.