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What country played the main part in winning World War 2?

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October 07, 2017 8:06PM

This is a difficult question due to the fact the the major three

each played a crucial role in defeating Nazi Germany. Without

Britain, the Germans would have conquered all of Europe and then

been able to focus on the Soviet Union. Also without England, there

would have been no place to stage Operation Overlord. This means

that they would have had to invade Europe thru southern France. The

Germans would have made this the key point of resistance.

Without the Soviet Union, the Wehrmacht would have never been

bled to death. Remember Churchill could not believe it when the

planners told him they were concerned that the invasion of Sicily

might fail because there was the possibility of 2 German Panzer

divisions. The Soviets dealt with well over 150 divisions on the

eastern front. Also the losses suffered by the Soviet Union would

have forced either the UK or the US to the negotiating table. The

Soviets lost, some say, over 20 million direct and indirect

combatants.

And then there is the US. Without lend lease, neither the UK nor

the Soviet Union could have continued the struggle. Also the US'

daylight bomber campaign destroyed the Germans ability to make the

implements of war. Without these two ingredients the Germans would

have won. So to answer your question it is really impossible to say

that this or that country was the key to the defeat of Nazi

Germany. Without the UK, there would have been no US lend lease.

Without the Soviet Union, the Germans would have been able to

concentrate solely on the UK and destroyed them. Imagaine no

Operation Barbarossa. This would have meant that Hitler could have

sent as many Panzer divisions to Rommel as he needed. Also he would

have had ample Luftwaffe assets to drive the Royal Air Force from

the skies. In this scenario, Rommel would have succeeded in

defeating the British 8th Army, seizing Egypt and the Suez and

ultimately all the oil in the middle east. And never forget the

southern route for lend lease, with the Germans in control, this

would have been closed. And this might have also forced Turkey into

the war, although it is arguable whether this would have been a

help or hinderance upon Germany, as Turkey was not ready to fight a

major war. And we all know that without the US the other two could

not have managed to keep on fighting the Germans.


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