Alpha one, i have to agree with your statements regarding World War two but i do not accept that it could only be won with the americans and i also disagree regarding the turning point of the war.
The turning point of the war was the seiges in russia, if hitler hadnt invaded russia, he would have been in a far stronger postion, it was because he was fighting a war on more than one front that he lost. When he attacked russia, stalin was told to leave moscow by his party, he stayed, much as im loathed to back stalin, it was this decision that inspired the russian troops, once the germans were pushed back that was it, the war would be over.
The war wouldnt have started if russia hadnt had signed a pact with nazi germany, hitler wouldnt have invaded poland knowing that stalin would hit the roof and attack him.Once the pact was signed, hitler could turn his attentions to france, which i have to say offered a very poor performace.
France in the war as no use to any one, vichy france collaborated with the nazis and even attacked british troops in the middle east.I have no doubt that under different circumstances france would have been crushed by the british.
America was already in the war before pearl harbour, the lend lease attacks were simply a cover while the uk and us joined in alliance. Though funds were given to chinese rebels, the americans knew that an alliance with the uk was their best hope.
Its very good speculating and assuming, historians love nothing better than what if ? questions, yet i feel it is fair to say that britain and russia could have defeated nazi germany, i also think its wrong to assume that britain would have caved in,it may have done if edward and mrs simpson were on the throne, but it wouldnt have signed any deal with the nazis, it still had the commonwealth to rely on.
anyway, finally onto nato expansion, the swiss have only just joined the un, they wouldnt join nato.Austria is unlikely to join, its had to cancel an order to upgrade its air force with 24 eurofighter jets due to the flooding. Countries under former russian influence may join if russia feels it doesnt affect it too much(eg poland), however the baltic states are another matter, various russian generals have addressed the duma in the past saying nato membership for them would be the straw that broke the camels back. Unless russia had a gurantee it could join nato after completing a process, it wouldnt allow it.
it would stir russian nationalism and giving nato status to countries that cant offer much, except for upsetting the russias doesnt strike me as sensible military planning....
im just waiting for the day france quits nato.
It is amazing what can be accomplised when nobody takes the credit