Another myth bites the dust. I admit that i bought the myth because no one challenged it. Yet it makes sense. The logistics tail was almost impossible and was ultimately impossible to extend against a developing Soviet Threat.
We forget that Germany gobbled up the entire three million man soviet Army when they first attascked. Then they marched on the major cities. Soviet resistence at that point had to be feeble.
The soviets had to bring back the core of their army facing Japan likely by sending recruits East for training. Had Japan remained on a war footing against Russia, this option may have been impossible. Then they had to run millions of recruits through basic training and throw them in the line in order to make up the shortfall. Winter saved them by allowing a lot of that training to be undertaken and weapons to be made.. .
Yet they were on the defensive for most of the nextr year as well.