There isn’t much good information in this thread. The importance of strategic bombing, as in all casual discussions of WW2, is dramatically overplayed. Post-war American propoganda wanted to play up its contribution to the war, and play down the Soviet contribution, and so we dramatically overstate the effectiveness of strategic bombing campaigns. The Germans and Soviets were correct not to focus at all on long range heavy bombers, as they were not a cost effective use of resources - they were only potentially a tool of the allies who had uncommitted manpower and industry that wasn’t being used in a full land war at the time.
That said, the American air force would’ve absolutely dominated the Soviets regardless of strategic bombers. The role of heavy bombers was overplayed, but the role of ground attack aircraft is underplayed. American, Canadian, and British aircraft swamped the countryside. Aircraft were hidden away. Vehicles were too afraid to move during the day. The Russian Air Force benefited from the allied air forces devastating the German ones. Russian fighter production, capability, and pilot training was significantly inferior to the allied air forces. Air supremacy would’ve been achieved in weeks.
The idea that Soviet tanks were vastly superior to Allied ones is false. The casual History channel explanation is that the T-34 was the best tank of the war, and the Sherman was a piece of junk that got our soldiers killed. But you know what? The Soviets gave their best armored units Shermans, which were regarded as a reward for success in combat. The Soviets themselves considered allied tanks better.
The Soviets were a vastly underrated fighting force from 1943 onward. The popular myth is that the Russians just threw endless bodies at the problem and swamped the Germans, but that simply isn’t true. The Russians were vastly better operational planners from 1943 until the end of the war. How they reshaped their armed forces and improved from the utterly bumbling force of 1941 into the dominant fighting force of 1944 is one of history’s greatest military triumphs.
That said, they were exhausted. They’d suffered beyond anything we could relate to in the west. They picked up entire industries and moved them eastward. Workers would lose their limbs to frostbite because they were building war materials in the open or in a tent in the freezing cold. They’d required unimaginable sacrifice from both soldiers and civilians to overcome what they did, and by 1945 they were exhausted. Asking them to continue an even tougher war at that point would’ve broken them.
Lend Lease also supplied them with a huge multitude of critical gear to keep their industry going. They simply couldn’t compensate for that on a short timescale. It’s not just tanks and trucks - it was everything from canned food to ball bearings to rubber. Lend lease was critical to the entire Soviet economy, and yanking it out from under them just when they’d need it most would’ve had devastating economic effect - certainly a bigger effect than any strategic bombing campaign would bring.
American industry was fully ramped up, its manpower yet untapped to its full potential, its forces fighting in the Pacific were freshly freed up, its logistical abilities were one of the great wonders of military history. Russia was devastated and exhausted. America was ramped up to full capacity and unscathed. The allies would’ve inherited what worthwhile things were left from Germany - veteran troops, equipment, expertise - as they would’ve been fully motivated to fight the Russians. And American competence in the WW2 ground war is definitely underrated due to the mystique of wermacht penis envy.
The western allies would’ve rolled through Eastern Europe with impunity.