When I hear that the Soviets had born the brunt of efforts at defeating Nazi Germany, with 25 million dead, what comes to my mind is: only goes to show what a terrible regime it was. Had the Soviet Union been a capitalist and politically free country, her better efficiency and greater humanity would have saved millions of her own people.
It annoys me that Soviet achievements are cited to belittle American efforts, political, financial and military, which, in fact, were decisive in curtailing the length of the Nazi-induced ordeal. Beyond that, our American liberators ensured that the Soviets would not overrun Europe and gave future generations of Europeans the gift of freedom, prosperity and peace.
Also, I have two comments on the issue at the Coyote blog.
See also Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery.