- Jan 2015
- Ontario, Canada
About half of all soviet lend lease went by shipping to Vladivostok , sailing US ships right past Japan, protected by almost nothing other than the Soviet Flag. This alone could have been a very substantial contribution to defeating the soviet union.
The other thing worth considering is that the most important supply routes for Lend Lease were Murmansk, Archengelsk and the Persian Corridor. This is because these areas were closer and could supply the Soviets directly to Moscow and the theater of operations. The Persian Corridor which led up to the Volga especially so.
Ultimately Lend Lease was important due to the circumstances but Russian production dwarfed Lend Lease. For instance oil from America was useful to supply the Red Army and the industry during a difficult time but by far the Soviets still relied on their own oil fields. Likewise with food (canned foods), equipment (a quick means to arm units) and munitions, Lend Lease provided a good supplement but they still relied on their own Soviet means over all.