Despite Stalin's extensive powers, I do not think he caused winter, that would be better left to a higher Power than his... And what decrepit army do you refer to, German 6th, Italian 8th, Romanian 4th? Or the Soviet army that burst through the latter two and encircled the first one? I am afraid you were not clear enough. Stalin claims it was the Lend Lease act that saved the Soviets, but from what I read there is no question that since the German army that had mauled them as though they didn't even exist until the -44C temperatures hit where the German’s cannon barrels cracked, their guns wouldn't fire (frozen grease) and their tanks wouldn't start, they are out of food and supplies, and their idiot dictator would not let them withdraw and hold out for a break in the weather, I call that weather and weather alone saving ones army. Of course the Russian army would have starved to death even during the help of the weather if not for the lend lease so Stalin was not completely wrong about that. An army dead from starvation is not very fearsome regardless of how little respect for human life they had before they died. The Soviets didn't have much of an army as proven by their inability to even slow the Germans down to flank speed in the juggernaut. Opposed by only half the density of enemy for their incredibly wide front as the west, the accounts of their victories were anything but tactical. Just throwing men, that mean absolutely nothing to you, at them hoping your enemy runs out of bullets in killing your endless supply of forced martyrs does not indicate an army or a plan of any type to me. An army is not measured by the number of men of its own men it gets slaughtered nor by how few tactics they know in modern warfare. The objective is to win alive unless you simply don't give a crap about human life like the Russian army proved it didn't throughout the war. Somehow people are awed by the ability of generals to order men to run at machine guns and shoot at them when they are afraid or apprehensive to do so. Not real leadership if you are talking about any other army than the Soviets, but mention the USSR and somehow this becomes "fantastic warfare". I am surprised that the wimpy soviet air force didn't load their soldiers into the bombays of their bombers and drop them on the heads of the Germans. That would be the equivalent of what they did on the ground and for some reason people think they had some kind of modern tactics. To me the Soviets were quite unimpressive almost so unimpressive that it’s impressive. Savages who fought like the mongrel hordes they came from. Lifeless, loveless and anything but an ally to the west who saved their skins. As far as a higher Power, Stalin would have had you killed for saying that, as religion of any kind was forbidden under a communist system. Other than that the Soviets were an excellent army.