Points of dispute
Madam – Whilst I do not wish to get into a long debate with Dr Derek O'Flynn (Letters, Sunday Independent, June 9, 2013), there are a number of points which I feel I must make.
Firstly, the USSR did not lose half of its economic base, because of scorched-earth tactics. While there was indeed a significant loss, many factories were dismantled, railroaded further east and reassembled, rather than simply destroyed.
Secondly, the Germans were pushed back, from November 1941, before the bulk of western aid arrived – winter had a say, but the Soviets used it well.