"Russia's Life-Saver: Lend-Lease Aid to the U.S.S.R. in World War II"
Cheeky_Ninja06 wrote:Im sorry but food aid is in no way equivalent to fielding a 10 million strong army. Let alone the impact upon the country when half of those men didnt return or the complete destruction of local infrastructure.
The US used WWII for profit and that is pretty much the extent of their involvement.
Great book on the subject, LOTS of info gotten from Russian documents which historians accessed after the fall of the USSR. As much as 92% of the railroad infrastructure of the USSR + trains were delivered via the lend-lease aid. Much of the food used to keep the army up and running came through lend lease as well, because major Russian agricultural food sources were being occupied by the Germans. And then we're not talking about the enormous amount of trucks, guns, raw materials and aircraft delivered through the system.
+ that is only counting US aid, not that of the commonwealth, which again supplied vast amounts of goods to the eastern front helping the Russians beat the Germans. The Russians have supplied the manpower which was tremendously important in ending WW2, but much of the industrial punch came from the west.
"only for profit!!" Lol. If you'd actually know how many goods the US shipped to Europe after the war through Marshall aid, and how many goods were shipped during the war under the lend-lease program you'd see that the payback they got was no more than justified. They were just lucky that the US suffered no infrastructure damage whatsoever from the war, in fact, it expanded because of necessity during the war. Thanks to that they managed to emerge as a superpower, which was good on them really.