I remember reading awhile back in Alanbrooke's Diaries that Churchill wanted to send a couple of British Infantry Divsions to fight on the Eastern Front. I've just looked it up, date was 3rd December 1941. 3 December 1941 COS meeting at 10.30 where Pug Ismay produced memo from PM to the effect that 18th and 50th Divs were to be offered to the Russians for their Southern Front ! Eden to make this offer to Stalin during his impending visit to Moscow! This would probably mean having to close down the Libyan offensive .... COS = Chief(s) of Staff. ...Also question question of whether Eden was to offer 50th and 18th Divs to Stalin . Luckily we succeeded in riding PM off such a suggestion but only at expense of some 500 tanks to be sent to Russia, this according to Beaverbrook's suggestion. I really do wonder what Churchill waas thinking about sending 2 British Divisions and what they could have done to help on the Russian Front, logistics would have been a headache for starters. Does make me wonder though , I hate what if's , but how our perception of the Eastern Front would have changed in the UK if we'd had British formations fighting on the ground there. I know we sent a Hurricane Wing of the RAF there but troops on the ground are a different matter. Luckily for the men of 18th & 50th Divs they were spared their trip to Russia. I suppose it goes to show how much Churchill was perpared to give to help the USSR defeat Hitler in those dark days of December 1941. A few days later the Soviet counter-offensive started to relieve the pressure on Moscow. Just thought, if 18th Div had been sent to Russia , it would have been spared Singapore.