You are still using the term "military force", ignoring that ground forces are single component of a "military force." The RAF singlehandedly defeated the largest air force in existence in 1940. The US conducted large scale combat around the world and supplied those forces over thousands of miles. Remember the adage, "An army travels on it's stomach." The US Navy pretty much singlehandedly defeated one of the storngest navies in the world, conducting multi-divisonal landings on a regular basis while building a huge army almost from scratch. The US "military" did not have to be bled white, trading space for time. One battle, in June 1942, stopped the space for time dilema in the Pacific. The Red Army of 1945 was a mighty force, moreso than in 1939 and 40, when it was defeated by a significantly smaller force. How well was it in projecting force beyond it's borders or the continent, even in 1945? An army that had fought heroically does not a "military" make.