Seems to me that most of the article and replies seems to leave out the Murmansk and Artic bound convoys that were ran souley by the U.S. and the Brits. Thousands of men both Western and Brits lost their lives in those cold waters. Without those convoys the Soviets couldnt have held out to even have a battle at Stalingrad much less defend it. This was no lend lease act it was stradegy. This was keeping the Germans occupied with the Soviets on the second front while the West was preparing to storm the first and formost important front Europe.