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  •  Being well read is one thing, being there (none)
    is quite another.  I appreciate your post and perspective.

    Actually, if you read what I said, I did not address the issue of whether the Germans could have defeated the USSR, only whether the USSR alone could have defeated Germany.  My own view is that military victory by Germany was pretty much foreclosed after the initial drive to Moscow stalled during the winter of 1941-42.  In the absence of Western pressure in the form of the bombing, I think the best outcome for the Germans would have been some sort of stalemate involving a pullback to somewhere east of Poland.  Outright conquest of the USSR was not a likely outcome.  Conversely, even with the massive manpower the Soviets brought to bear later in the war, defeating the Germans would have been a tall order absent Western assistance.

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