Originally Posted by Panzercracker
Why? They won battle of Kursk without the western allies and that effectively meant Germany losing the war.
Britain was not pooling their entire effort to the CCCP and what they were pooling was only a fraction of Russias actuall materiel base so Lend Lease was vital only in UK and US history books.
I think you are over looking a couple of things here:
1) The Red Army of 1943-45 was not the same army of 1918-43
Until 1942 the Red Army was little more than a really large joke it had been defeated by Poland in the 1919-21 wars, the Finns had pretty much ground it to a halt inflicting massive casualties and the Germans were giving it a lesson through out Russia.
However once it gained limited operation freedom and moved away from the "stand and die or else" policies in 1942 it began to improve rapidly and by wars end it was probably the best military in the world of course Stalin (or should I say ideology) then took over again and it deteriorated back into it pre-war joke status again.
2) Once again by 1943 Lend Lease was not that important to Russia but in 1941-42 it helped bridge the gap until Russian industry was back up to speed.
I think you are accusing people of ignoring what the Red army became by 1945 but in turn you are ignoring what it was prior to that.