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Re: 50 years ago today - 1 Aug 1950
> >>In any event, we certainly could have stopped the Soviets in their tracks.
>At that point, the ONLY thing keeping the Soviet Armies in the Far East
>operating was massive US aid. Had we jerked this, these "massive forces"
>would have ground meekly to a halt in about five days.<<
Not that simple. By that time of the war (1945) Soviet factories, which
relocated to the east of the Ural Mountains, were up and running a full
producing tanks, trucks, rifles, ammunition, ect. The oil fields in
Siberia were producing and refineries were running so fuel would not have
been a problem. Germany had already surrendered so the Soviets could have
turned the supply lines going west to the south and
kept the "massive" forces going without U.S. aid.
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