Although the Allies had committed themselves to a ‘Europe first’ policy, and the US had pressed to invade mainland Europe in 1943, this was now seen as unrealistic. Getting troops on the ground in occupied Europe for a true 'Second Front' required an enormous logistical build-up that was going to take time - and the Battle of the Atlantic needed to be won first.
The bombing of Germany was the best that could be offered to Soviet Russia, which naturally wanted a 'Second Front' to be opened up as soon as possible.
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