December 8, 2021
The Anti-Communist Pact was an anti-communist defense pact concluded between National Socialist Germany and Japan on November 25, 1936. It was aimed at the Communist International (Comintern) in general and at the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin in particular. In the event of a Soviet attack on one of the countries, Germany and Japan agreed to meet to decide what means they could use to secure their common interests, as stated in the treaty. Italy joined the Anti-Comintern Pact in 1937, and the three countries then became known as the Axis Powers. Spain acceded to the Pact on April 7, 1939. A number of countries, including Denmark and Finland, acceded to the Anti-Comintern Pact during World War II. The members of the Anti-Comintern Pact in 1941 were: Germany Japan Italy Hungary Spain Mandsjukuo Bulgaria Croatia Denmark Finland Romania Slovakia China (Republic of China - Nanjing Government) With the exception of Finland, all member states were dictatorships or occupied by dictatorships. After World War II, the Western Defense Alliance NATO was founded with a similar anti-communist purpose, but this bloc was led by the United States and consisted almost exclusively of democracies.