Hi! First thread, it's technically from 1945+ so I believe it fits the forum guidelines. Let me know if not! The potential for Soviet/Anglo-American conflict to extend WWII is obviously a popular what-if, in the category of 'my daddy can beat up your daddy.' I've looked through several of the previous discussions, and there was certainly quite a bit of insight there I hadn't considered before. I concur with the belief that the Soviets simply would have had too much of a material superiority in Western Europe for the Western Allies to have had much success. Assuming the European powers assisted (and if the Soviet juggernaut comes rolling West, that's a pretty likely scenario) you are still looking at a 3-1 advantage in divisions. While the Western Allies have some advantages on the ground (better communication, better logistics and transportation, more effective artillery due to doctrinal and technological advantages) in my mind they aren't likely to outweigh the Soviet advantages (more veteran units, some superior weapon systems such as the T-34, large usage of rockets and massive artillery barrages, and SMGs), especially considering the numerical discrepancy. So in my eyes that puts the ultimate success of a defense of Western Europe on achieving air superiority. Certainly that would not be an easy task against the Soviet Air Force that is extraordinarily large and by this point very competent tactically. In the early stages at least I would expect the Soviets to dominate the lower altitudes where their Yak-3s, La-9s and Il-2s were at their best, while the western forces dominated the upper altitudes where the P-51s were most dominant and the B-17s and soon B-29s would roam. And the US use of air power to break out of St. Lo in Operation Cobra would need to be employed in reverse, running interdiction missions to disrupt Soviet formations. Would the strategic bombers be capable of being tasked for tactical missions with any effect? I tend to think the Western Allies wouldn't be able to seize air superiority for several weeks, which would be very bad news for massively outnumbered ground troops at least in the initial stages of any Soviet thrust. Eventually they would, especially with the aid of the RAF, and I think logistics would keep the Soviets from seizing the entirety of Western Europe in the first month or so. Thought or comments welcome!