regardless of their ulterior motivations, the aid greatly helped their war production & troops on the ground.
The Soviets killing German soldiers instead of bombing German women and children and tying up 2/3rd of the German war machine is what greatly helped the victory against Germany.
which would have prolonged the war.
The western allies being pussies and not fighting Germans in France prolonged the war rather more.
they had a pre-war plan to set up production in the Urals & Siberia
No they didn't.
They never expect enemy forces to be rolling on Moscow within six months of invading... their experience was WWI, not WWII.
European forces didn't expect such rapid advances either.... the french maginot line was to stop a direct invasion by Germany of France and it did exactly what it was supposed to do. It forced the Germans to invade the low countries... france thought that meant when Germany invaded Belgium etc they could send troops to do all the fighting there and not have to fight on French territory, but the Germans ripped through the low countries like they were not there and France ended up fighting Germany across terrain and in a direction they never expected to fight and despite British forces being there to help they got routed.
The Soviets had three big lines of defences in their west that were supposed to be lines of defence they could fight from... sort of like the Maginot line but obviously much bigger but also never completed.
By the time the war started the lines barely existed and had been stripped of most of the things they would have needed to work.
The Germans even had to develop the Ural Bomber to reach those areas, & they didn't succeed.
The fact that they never developed a long range bomber suggests your claims that teh Soviets were planning to move industry beyond the Urals before the war is bullshit.
The Ural bomber was necessary because the Luftwaffe was to support the German army so it didn't need long range bombers, but it was never put into service because they didn't think they needed it till the Soviets started moving factories and by then there wasn't enough time to design and build such a bomber.
Particularly important for the Soviets in late 1941 were British-supplied tanks and aircraft.
Obsolete crap the British didn't want and were not using.
The fight over Moscow was not won with Spitfires, and their Hurricanes with low octane fuel were worse than ordinary... at least the I-16 were nimble and some had 20mm cannon instead of rifle calibre machine guns in a calibre they didn't have a lot spare of.
Under these circumstances even small quantities of aid took on far greater significance.
You don't just take a tank or an airplane off a ship and get into it and go off and take on Gerry... you have to get the manuals translated into Russian and you have to learn how to operate and maintain them.... then you have to train troops to use them, which is going to take more than a few days or weeks.
According to research by a team of Soviet historians, the Soviet Union lost a staggering 20,500 tanks from June 22 to December 31, 1941.
What is staggering is that they HAD 20 thousand tanks at the start of the war... most of those lost were useless rubbish like T-37 and T-26 light tanks.
It was a bit of a clue that the Germans used all sorts of captured Czech and other vehicles and modified them as gun carriers etc, but didn't do the same with the light Soviet tanks. It was 120mm mortars and submachine guns and automatic rifles they took from the Soviets and used themselves, though they did use T-34s and KVs.
The tanks reached the front lines with extraordinary speed. Extrapolating from available statistics, researchers estimate that British-supplied tanks made up 30 to 40 percent of the entire heavy and medium tank strength of Soviet forces before Moscow at the beginning of December 1941, and certainly made up a significant proportion of tanks available as reinforcements at this critical point in the fighting . By the end of 1941 Britain had delivered 466 tanks out of the 750 promised.
So thirty five percent is 466 tanks, which means 1,200 odd tanks stopped the Germans at Moscow... did they?
But hang on... your own article says:
The British Military Mission to Moscow noted that by December 9, about ninety British tanks had already been in action with Soviet forces.
So if 90 is 35% of the force then... if 90 is 35% of the force that stopped the Germans at Moscow in December then 100% should be about 260 tanks right?
But which is it?
That article is bullshit.
Lend lease deliveries in 1942 were useful for a period when production had essentially stopped but did not stop the Germans at the gates of Mosow... it didn't arrive in time for that... and they were shit vehicles to start with anyway.
It even says that in the article.
Lend-Lease aid did not “save” the Soviet Union from defeat during the Battle of Moscow.
British aid made a crucial difference.
The Soviet contribution to defeating the Germans is what made the crucial difference, lend lease made it easier and faster, but if the UK or US actually cared about making things easier for the Soviets they would have fought harder from the start of the war.
Germany was no superpower, yet Britain and France and the US claimed to be at the time... why did they leave all the fighting and the dying to the Soviets?
And that is the key.... they left the dying to the Soviets.
There is plenty of evidence that US and UK strategic bombing had close to no effect.
They certainly murdered a lot of innocent civilians and literally fucked up more Germans than they blame the Soviets for regarding war crimes after the war...
What made the Germans lose the war is that they run out of trained soldiers to fight it with.
Their mistake was making the Soviets their enemies when their real enemies were the colonial powers of Europe and the US.
The claim that the T-34 tank production was due to Lend-Lease takes the
cake for revisionist excrement.
They call it the Christie tank... it is no surprise at all...
The same way how Soviet aid helped Chinese in their war with Japan.
Except the Soviets helped the Chinese ultimately by sending in troops and killing the Japs and then leaving the place without occupation forces or such bullshit.