With the fall of Berlin and the collapse of the Nazis’ aspirations for conquest, the Red Army’s uneasy alliance with Western nations was fraught. Equipped with a well-oiled war machine, buttressed by twice the number of troops and armoured vehicles than the Allies, the Red Army posed a looming threat.
The Cold War pitted the US supported NATO Western alliance against the Warsaw Pact communist eastern bloc supported by the USSR. Fought mostly via proxies, the world’s key superpowers at the time, the US and the USSR, never entered into direct conflict. With Europe as the main battlefield, in any