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No, this would have been impossible. Although this is a ahistorical "what if" type argument you must take into consideration that the Nazi's were better equipped and prepared for an immediate victory. I'm sure USSR historians will disagree, but consider this:

The USSR was prepared to fight to the last man due to the atrocities that were perpetrated by the Nazi's upon their immediate victories during Operation Barbarossa. For some reason the Nazi's let the Soviet prisoners write home from the concentration camps. This led to a strong will to win, but will would not have been enough without three major Allied contributions: Money/ recourses, opening the western front, and Air superiority.

First, lets look at money/ recourses. The USSR was in pitiful condition due to the Bolshevik Revolution (they had liquidated most of the army, navy, and air force leadership) They had no modern equipment or ability to produce it, especially as quickly as they would have needed to. The US provided funds and equipment (tanks and jeeps especially) that enabled the Soviets to resist the Nazi invasion and eventually develop equipment to fight back.

Second, the opening of Western Front (the Normandy invasion) was effective in forcing the Nazis to keep large portions of their troops and armory away from the East. The Allied invasions of Africa, Italy and France caused the German army to spread out too thin. If all of the German tank corps, troops and resources could have focused on the East, I agree with the original Nazi assessment, that the Soviet empire would have folded like a house of cards.

In addition to this the US and British forces were successful in defeating the Luftwaffe. If the German air force were free to fight in the East, this would have been devastating for the Soviets. Also Allied bombing campaigns were successful in destroying German war production and cut off oil supplies as well.

So if the Allies (aka: USA, Britain, Commonwealth, etc) had not aided the USSR it would have been a quick and decisive victory for the German army.


Yes. All one has to do to agree with that is read - Feeding the Bear: American Aid to the Soviet Union, 1941-1945 (Contributions in Military Studies) (Hardcover) Hubert P. Van Tuyll (Author)

AnswerYes the Soviets could've won without US aid, Russia received a fraction of the aid Britain got from the US during WW2 AnswerUS aid only started arriving in ernest in 1942 long after the initial German offensive had failed to take Moscow. The Soviets in fact had plenty of success developing and upgrading their own arms without any US help the first answer is thus totally wrong on that score as the only US weapon the Soviets reverse-engineered during WW2 is the B-52 heavy bomber.

Without US aid the Soviets would've shifted their industrial production to producing more trucks etc, meaning they'd only outnumber the Germans 3/4 to 1 in tanks instead of 5/6 to 1, ditto aircraft get my point here?

Soviet industry was a powerhouse so they didn't need help in that regard either since they'd already produced/brought massive amounts of industrial machinery during the 30's.

AnswerBy the time the Western Front opened in 1944 Germany had already lost the war in the east the heer suffred 90% of it's losses on the east front, the Germans deployed less than a quarter of their troops in the West in 1944 and most of those were mostly militia & second-rate occupation troops. AnswerHitler lost WWII because USSR was a few times bigger then Germany (in population, resources, industry, army, tanks, airplanes, soldiers, oil, carbon, metal, territory, etc.). Germany has no resources to make war with USSR for years (even though USSR spends its soldiers and tanks so wastefully). In June 1941 Soviet Army have 3-5 times more tanks, airplanes and artillery then German one. After 2 months of war USSR lost all this machinery, but gigantic soviet industry produces it back in a year. And USSR has much more population for soldiers.

The only chance for Hitler was to win for a 3-6 months ('blitzkrieg campaign'). The same way he win France and Poland in 1939-40. He needs to destroy most of the USSR army and most of the USSR industry in months. So, when Hitler lost the battle for Moscow in December 1941 (and USSR in 3 months evacuate their main industry plants to Asia) - strategically Hitler lost all the war. He has no plan 'what to do if not win completely until N.Y.'

But without the help from Allies (UK armed forces first of all) the war would be longer and much more dramatic. UK don't let Hitler to get Arabian oil (war in Africa) and destroy most of German submarines (war in Atlantics) cutting off most Germany-to-world connections. UK victories were principal - Hitler have no way to get resources to war with USSR after it.

What about US material help - may be it was more important for UK. US material help for USSR consist of food (meet cans, very tasty in fact) and trucks (better then soviet one), plus some airplanes. It was good help, but not principal. More principal was 'world blockade' of Germany organized by Allies.

Normandy invasion was a good idea. Otherwise, all the Europe (including France and Scandinavia) would be communistic countries after 1945 :)

IMHO :).

AnswerYou would need experts to give you details of equipment, resources and other related info. In 1941 the Germans had superior equipment and tactics. The Russians had one initial advantage; their willingness to throw millions of men at the Germans. The western allies provided the following aid:

-Forced German to leave troops and equipment in Western Europe.

-Provided equipment and food support.

-Prevented Germany from obtaining oil from the middle east.

-Executed heavy bombing of German industry, railways and roads. The latter severely

slowed down Germany's ability to readily resupply the eastern front.

It should be said, however, that 90% of the German casualties were caused by the Russians. They also, apparently, had extensive espionage success in Germany. If Russia could have won the war without US help, it would have likely taken another 3 to 5 years and an additional 10 million casualties.

AnswerNo, the allies were entirely interdependent in WW2 as each one definitely needed the victories of the others to succeed in their own struggles. The difference between German technology and the allies was great, add to this the highly motivated and well trained German soldiers and you could bet that WW2 was anybody's game.

The Soviet Union, which was a juggernaut in it's own right, had ample resources and producing capacity but little means of transporting it's vast reserves of manpower over the globe which was currently under attack by the Axis powers. In other words, both Japan and Germany were expanding their reach around the world while the Soviet Unions borders and possible resource reserves remained rather static.

A good example is Great Britain, had they surrendered but more importantly had they lost in North Africa, the doors to the middle eastern oil reserves and African resource pools would have been left wide open and easily exploited by both Italy and Germany and it would have completely satiated European Axis resource appetites and maybe even given the Germans a corridor into Japanese occupied Asia facilitating trade amongst all members of the Axis and possibly even encouraging the Japanese to open a front in Siberia (which after Pearl Harbor would prove impossible but before Tobruk entirely feasible). Thankfully this did not happen and instead the British were victorious in North Africa thanks in no small part to American made vehicles and supplies, and Japanese attentions were focused elsewhere namely India, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. In this way, the aid provided by the U.S., both material and military, to Great Britain had a direct effect on the Soviet Union as it greatly limited the resources that Germany might have had access to.

AnswerYes, because the USSR was already winning in 1944 when allies operated the D-day. Allied help to USSR was about starting air bombardment of Germany (but this after end of 1942, when things became clear on the eatern front, Stalingrad victory for the USSR) and thanks aid given throught sea shipping anything usefull to Murmansk. I honestly don't know how important was the aid offered to the soviets by allies throught sea but i seriously doubt it would have made any little difference in the warfare. Of course, if allies didn't help war could have lasted some time more, if not a year, because Germany and Italy could have focus on USSR without wasting resources in western Europe.

Must say the war in Africa had his weight and the British/American military action in Africa was essential to keep Germans far from oil, this may be the most helpfull thing the allies did to help the USSR to win the Nazis, because the USSR won the nazies defeating/killing 80%+ of their army and taking over Berlin.

Also must remember USSR, for the whole length of the conflict, had enough troops to fight Japan anytime. Don't forget in 30s and early 40s Japan and USSR had some fights, where USSR won with success and low losses, preventing Japanese invasion of Mongolia.


No their economy was nearly shattered and there was still Japan and they actually would've helped a lot with their army and air force. Russia outnumbered the Germans, and yet Germany was still able to cause significant damage to their forces. Also, German training was better than the Soviets most Soviet soldiers were conscripts hence the reason why they had so many guys.

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