Do you think Germany and its European allies had a better than 50% chance of defeating the Soviets in WWII?
The Germans might have won, but to their misfortune they had Corporal Hitler take over as commander in chief of the military.
Well actually one of the biggest blunders on the eastern front was caused by the German generals. They were convinced they could take Moscow and Leningrad before winter set in, while Hitler wanted to halt the advance and establish a defensive line and winter quarters. Hitler thought his generals knew better than him so he let them press on.
The Russians beat the Nazis using material and supplies delivered from the USA through Alaska to the eastern front. This included thousands of fighter aircraft, cargo aircraft loaded with supplies and bombers, nearly 9,000 in total. England was against this afraid the Nazis would abandon the eastern front and put more pressure on the western front. The supplies we gave them (lend-lease program) and the weather wiped the Germans.
There is one thing in this world that that is for certain. Russians and winter
I'm curious as to why people are saying no here. I think it was pretty much dumb luck on the Soviets' part, managing to survive only due to events beyond their control. Anybody care to share their opinion?
Exactly. The only thing in their favor was that they had numbers. A lot of them didn't even go to battle with a weapon
Their numerical advantage is usually blown out of proportion, it wasn't that much greater. It didn't really matter anyway considering the insane kill ratio in favor of the Germans, and considering they were capturing entire Soviet armies.