Well, not really. But, what if ---
The Soviets just kept going? Took a breather and then in late '45 rolled west?
How would it have all shook out? My sense is that the US would win, but would they?
In 1945, the Soviets had over 11 million battle hardened soldiers in the Red Army and over 100 tank divisions. Pretty formidable. Huge tactical air force.
By the same token, in 1945, the US had at its disposal some 8 million GI's, 3.3 million squidlies, and about 400,000 jarheads. How many were forward deployed to Europe, I think about 2.5 million plus another 400,000 in the UK. How does it shake out.
Experience, roughly the same.
Combat fatigue, probably worse in the USSR.
Air power, I am forced to say the USAAF.
Armored forces, more agile and reactive, US. Sheer hitting power and tough vehicles, USSR.
Secure rear area, margin US
Logistics, US, increasing over time.
Geographical position, in the West? East, likely US, in the South? US with deep USSR vulnerability in the Balkans and the 'stans, real coin toss
Allies, USSR, likely none. US, UK, probably France, and the real wild card, 2 million battle hardened and experienced German soldiers who nearly took the Soviets down ... all by themselves (I have no idea how this shakes out)
A-bomb, the US has it, but only a few, the Russian will have it. The limitation, the US may not have the capacity to get it to any place the USSR is likely to care about
The deal breaker, logistics ...
I see it as the USSR getting no more than 100 km into France and a US roll back perhaps to the USSR frontier. Then total exhaustion kicks in.
How do you see it?
There are going to be some good comments here and it is likely to have been done already at some point but, what say you?
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