From: South Carolina, USA
The Red Army pushed hard against both Germany and Italy this month. Germany is putting up a tough fight. Berlin was attacked, but held out. Strong pockets of German resistance, often in fortified positions, shield powerful mobile forces. A glance at the graph above reveals that the Soviets are roughly three time as strong as the Germans. This is the classic ratio that allows for offensive progress, and we are seeing such progress, but tough positions take time to overwhelm.
Italy is far weaker, and nearly the whole of the "boot" has been captured. There are still Italians fighting in France and Spain, and here the fighting is more fluid.
Happy Frenchmen have liberated Lyon, but the Red Army Staff have had to warn them not to get between the Red Army and its goals. The Soviet Union categorically states that we are not interested in the occupation of France or Italy after the battle is won. Germany may have to be occupied by the victorious powers, but here too the Soviet Union denies any long term interest. The USSR must defeat the Axis first, peaceful withdrawal to Eastern Europe comes later.