Talinn was together with the rest of Estonia occupied by Russia in 1940. Following the invasion a political delinquents started with deportations and executions.

After Germany attacked Russia in the summer of 1941, the Russians pulled back and performed the scorched earth tactics.

Estonia became part of the German Reichskommissariat Ostland and as a consequence, all men were forced into the German army.

As the war progressed and the Germans began to withdrawal, Estonia and Talinn were prepared to be defended.

Most of the defense was field positions, but bunkers for machine gun were also built.

From February 1944, the Russian started to attack and they lasted until September 1944 were the Russians occupied Estonia again.

Although it was determined that the Baltic countries should remain independent after the war, the Russian occupation continued until 1991.