Food comprised almost five million out of the 18 million tons of goods that the USSR received from the Allies. Especially popular among soldiers and civilians during the war was canned meat. Soldiers called it “the second front” in the absence of the U.S. and UK’s decision to combat Germans in Europe in 1941 and 1942. The volume of canned meat received from America exceeded the amount produced in the Soviet Union sixfold.
However, the bulk of the lend-lease aid that the USSR received was weapons. Here is an American Browning M2HB heavy machine gun installed on a Soviet ship
In terms of tanks, the USSR used almost 20,000 sent from the Allies - about 16 percent of the amount produced on home soil. These included 1000 British Matilda infantry tanks. Although they were sometimes rebuked for being slow and lacking firepower. However, they were comfortable to operate for the crews.
The Brits also supplied the USSR with Valentine tanks. Here, Soviet soldiers are greeted by Bucharest residents in Romania as they enter the city in the armored vehicles
The M3 Lee, an American medium tank, was decked out with two guns and three machine guns. The USSR received about 1000 of these battle machines
During the war the USSR did not produce its own armored personnel carriers, another
By May 1945, there were more than 200,000 Allied trucks in the Red Army. They were produced by Dodge, Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Albion, Austin, and other companies. But the most widespread and famous was the Studebaker US6. It was also used to mount the famous Katyusha rocket launchers.
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