- Oct 13, 2016
Ehh, I am not like completely sure. Maybe if you keep the a-bomb in play but a war, 1 on 1, with the SU would have been a pretty hard fight. Yes the SU was in dire straits then, had a lot of hurt thrown at it, but it was also geared fully towards war production so could easily produce a lot of equipment.
Good chance that the US would win, but it would be a pyrrhic victory most likely.
Yes that is true and is something I thought about before writing that post, and is the reason I took the word "easily" out of my original post. But when I thought about it I realized that no one could match the US Navy by the end of the war and no one could produce ships a fast as the USA and even if the USSR tried to retool their industry for max navy, there's no way the US would let them. So the USSR could never have invaded the US, so they could never beat the US.
Adding to this, the US was still way ahead of the USSR in terms of industry, even counting the territory they took that would become the Warsaw-Pact, this is mostly due to Eastern Europe being devastated post-war. US armor and equipment was being produced faster and was superior to its Soviet counterpart, (keep in mind that the US was producing arms that where equivalent to its German counterpart by then end of the war, namely the Pershing tank) this along with much larger pool of potential manpower lead me to believe that the US could have beaten the USSR one on one, even without the Atom-Bomb.