Just wondering, suppose German's final gamble in the West, what's commonly known as "The Battle of the Bulge", had succeded? For argument's sake, suppose the British in the North were cut off and isolated, and the American army depot/port of Antwerp was captured. Suppose that Churchill, very aware that the British nation was growing very war weary, and on the heels of the Arnhem debacle, decided to open peace tallks, dropping the "Uncondtional Surrender" clause, and instead just requiring the restoration of the pre-war French/German border. Roosevelt, losing his ally in the Brits and fearful of the cost in lives to 'go it alone', finds it a tough sell to the American public for continuing the war in Europe. He is also fully aware that the war in the Pacific is far from over, and so, succumbs to reality and drops his demand for unconditional surrender as well. Germany essentially ends it's war with the Western Allies, with France, Norway, and Holland all returned to their pre-war status. (Denmark, however, is now part of the German border). Assuming all the above, here's my questions: Could Germany have then staved off the Russian advances? Would they have bought enough time to implement some of the advanced aircraft designs they were working on to regain control of the skies in the East? With their industrial centers free from the ravages of strategic bombing, and with an economy finally geared for "total war", could the German military have halted the Russian Bear in Poland/Prussia? Or was it already too far gone at that point to have done anything other then prolong the inevitable? Would Stalin stop at anything short of Berlin? Or, would Stalin, if he found his offensives incapable of moving beyond German defences without incurring extreme losses, look for a way to end the conflict? Just remember, with Germany having only 1 front to contend with, a lot of things change. No longer would fighting on the Western Front and in Italy consume men and material. No need for U-boat building and support frees up precious men and resources. German soldiers, captured during the course of the war could provide a much needed injection of skill and manpower when prisoner exchanges begin. With no need for defense against American and British bombers, imagine all those 88's now in an anti-tank role. In short, could the German nation survive in a 1 on 1 battle with Russia in late 1944 and beyond? Me, personally, I think the influx of all of Germany's might solely against the Russian forces gives them a decent chance at solidyfying their front, buying them time, which may have opened the door for a political solution. I would say by fall 1946, the war would grind to a halt, neither side capable of forcing a decision, and the war ending with a stalemate, as both sides, exhausted from the draining conflict, realized the futility of continuing.