I do like Steve Macs postings. Good old fashioned common sense. As to the idea that the Russian contribution is unknown in the West... depends it seems to me, to be how old you are... I recall everything about the Russians. Good bad and indifferent. We followed the Russians in everything they did.... But then, we were around in those far off days. That means I am getting very old ......Bugger it! That begs the question: do the modern armies have stores to get new knees legs and everything else we need? PS I also recall in 1942 the Communists party painting the slogan on bridges,and anywhere it could be seen... "OPEN THE SECOND FRONT NOW"