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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2020 9:55 p.m. PST

… more to beat the Nazis

"Outside Britain, Europeans tend to say it was the United States that contributed most to winning WWII and relatively few credit the USSR

Next week will mark the 70th anniversary of VE day, the day Nazi Germany officially surrendered in the Second World War. Commemorations are being held across Europe, but in some cases may be overshadowed by tension between the West and Russia over the conflict in Ukraine. The snub of Moscow's VE Day event by many world leaders also evokes the Cold War, which divided the the Western Allies from the Soviet Union soon after World War Two ended.

YouGov recently conducted a poll in seven European nations, including France, Britain and Germany, as well as the United States, and asked respondents whether the US, the United Kingdom or the Sovient Union (USSR) contributed most to the defeat of Germany in WWII. The survey finds that no more than 27% in any of the countries believed the USSR contributed most, and in six out of the eight countries surveyed the US was the most popular response…"
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BillyNM22 Mar 2020 12:01 a.m. PST

Hardly surprising there is no consensus when the question is so poorly phrased. It is difficult to see how any two of the three (USSR, US or UK) would fare without the third.

gunnerphil22 Mar 2020 2:38 a.m. PST

Hollywood tends to show Americans in action. British and Russian movies tend to show British or Russians. More American films are shown in Europe than British or Russians films.

How many people get their idea of history from films. More than get them from books.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2020 6:11 a.m. PST

And shouldnt it have been phrased the Commonwealth rather than just the UK?

Otto the Great22 Mar 2020 7:53 a.m. PST

Better question is which one did the most to rebuild.

donlowry22 Mar 2020 9:07 a.m. PST

Or which one did the most to start it?

StarCruiser22 Mar 2020 9:12 a.m. PST

The Russians spent the blood to defeat Hitler – the US spent more money supporting the effort, and less blood.

Britain proved it's endurance resisting when all looked lost.

Legion 422 Mar 2020 9:39 a.m. PST

That is a pretty accurate summation IMO …

The USSR did kill more Germans and their allies in the East. Than any other of the Allies overall in the ETO.

Of course the US/UK killed more IJFs than the USSR …

But the Russians did kill a number especially after Germany surrendered.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2020 3:30 p.m. PST



Robert le Diable28 Mar 2020 10:07 a.m. PST

+1 StarCruiser.

-+2 gunnerphil. Not just films/movies about Modern warfare, either.

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