worst case scenario-the Nazis overrun England. They didn't have enough men to really control all of the USSR. Meaning we wouldn't have had a base from which to Bomb Germany until we developed the B-29
but we would have, and then we would have bombed Germany into submission. We pretty well took out Japan on our own
The USSR was the only nation capable of defeating the Nazis. The U.S. was the only nation capable of defeating Japan. These facts are easily backed up if you look at the break down of which nation caused the various losses suffered by the Axis.
USSR is #1 in my choice then #2 is the US.
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The Russians never engaged the Japanese until they were already about to surrender, and then only to get a share of the spoils in the east.
The British were fighting a holding action on both fronts. There never would have been a victory in Africa, or Italy, or a Normandy Invasion without the USA. Stalin kept begging the USA to open a second front in Europe to take the pressure off and we did first in Africa, then Italy and finally France.
Without the USA in Europe, who knows what the outcome would have been. Without the USA in Asia, the Japs would have won.
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I think the USA would have eventually won without the help of Russia or the UK, or for that matter any other allies - the industrial capacity we had toward the end of the war was insane.
But without Russia keeping a vast number of German forces busy on that front, and without the UK holding their island as long as they did to provide a forward base, it would have probably lasted into the late 40s and/or early 50s.
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As many have pointed out, it took all three to win. If I was going to make a "most important", I would probably go with England, though it is by a very small margin. If they had folded early, as was very possible, then Germany gets it all. The Soviets would have fallen to the more concentrated attacks from Germany, there would have been no staging area for a US landing in Europe(or at least not nearly as good) and any attempted landing to open up a second front would have been almost certain to fail. Without the US in the war, there are routes to victory, though they are small and very unlikely. Likewise without the Soviets. Without England however, no route to victory.
how would have Germany launched a successful attack against us. By 43 our submarines were far superior to theirs, our destroyers far more able to take out UBoats, and our heavy bombers were much much better than theirs. The one thing they had was Jets but those had very limited range. we also had far better radar and (while lots of people don't know this) the infra red weapons sight technology was a huge advantage-infrared equipped small arms inflicted a huge number of casualties upon the Japanese on Okinawa for example and neither the Germans nor the Japanese had any real effective countermeasures for the P61 Black Widow fighters