Top Ten Greatest Armies of World War II


The Top Ten

1 Germany

Patriotism plays a great part in most people's opinions, hence a lot of BS and bluster. The Germans in WW2 were the beginnings of modern warfare and most of the world was seriously trailing at the time. Everybody knows this but nobody wants to offend anyone. I know that it's hard to admit to and I understand that they were Nazis after all, but they were on point. Who had equipment like theirs? And before you start, most of the allies best equipment was designed in direct response to German hardware. Yes, they did have a problem with upgrading the Luftwaffe, and yes they did use cruise missiles against civilians in London before anybody knew what a cruise missile was, and I'm not denying that they were foolhardy enough to at Russia at that time/ at all etc etc...

But if they really were the bumbling fools and fanatics everybody claims them to be, why was WW2 so long? Why did so many stumble and fall against them before they were smashed by such a combined force?

Nazis ...more

As much as I hate to say it, the Nazis had the greatest army in the second world war. Although the Soviets and Americans came close, the Americans' position compared to the Germans', and Soviet's lack of resources would put the Nazis above them. If this was a list on who put up the biggest fight then I'd say the Soviets. Why Japan is higher is beyond me, their offense was obliterated on the Pacific Theatre.

No matter how bad hitler was he was a military genius how else would he take over most of Europe?

Shaked all the world alone

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2 United States

I love those brainwashed naive American children, who think that america won the war. There were no 2 fronts, d-day succeeded only because of Russian actions in Eastern Europe. Japan thingie involved such small ammount of people, you can't even call it a "front". Supplies are old American cars and not flying prototypes.

The United States had the economic power to supply the allies from the beginning to the end (and yes, the US supported the allies before America got involved). The American military also had to fight a two front war in the Pacific and European theaters. Once America got involved, the odds turned in favor of the allies. Also, the American leadership was greatly influential for the way war was waged; particularly in the Pacific war.

The United States, is this a joke or is this a joke. The United States fought few battles and lost most. They weren't even involved for over half the war. That only sent military supplies and a small armie to assist in the war after the bombing of pearl harboure.

Should’ve been first

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3 England

I don't see how you can put this so low. The British Army put most of their efforts in, and they were led by the most heroic man of the 20th Century. - PositronWildhawk

I agree that without Russia we couldn't have won world war 2 but it was definitely Russia then us

The most amazing person led them and they did the most against all the axis armies than any others

4 Russia

The mother Land sacrificed 2 million people with weapons that couldn't take the edge and still won!

They were the key of the allies victory. They were the first to defeat Germany.

The only country that really defeated the Nazi Germany. Without the Russians, Allies could definitely have lost the war

The mother land sacrificed many people to destroy Nazi Germany. a specially sens the German army had so many large and powerful artillery like the Gustav gun and the Dora gun and other such weapons made by Krupp Ag along with there steel.

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5 Canada

They did incredible in ortona, creating the mouse-hole tactic, and did even better at juno beach

In 1944 canada joined the d-day with britain and usa

Canada was one of the first nations to declare war on Nazi Germany. also,the M1 Garand was designed by John C. Garand, a CANADIAN-born employee of the U.S. government’s Springfield Armory.

6 Australia

Erwin Rommel himself, the desert fox congratulated the efficiency of the Australian military. However, I will admit they lacked in numbers and so should probably be at least lower than Canada.

Let down by poor (english) leadership in Singapore. Everywhere else the Anzacs were the best.

Best armyy in the North African campaign in my opinion


7 Finland Finland

No matter what they did not retreat an inch and their army is a fine example of perfect strategy and braveness. Also the Russians decided to rush with partizans instead of using actual strategy so that could be another possibility.

Yes, that is true. Finland performed by far the best of the small countries in The World War II. Simo Häyhä is still the most succesfull sniper ever lived (c. 550 conformed kills). He was called "The White Death". He made his very impressive record in less than 105 days during The Winter War (30.11.1939 - 13.3.1940) using his personal M28 Moshin-Nagant rifle that he had bought before the war by his own money. He refused to use optical sights because he thougth he would be exposed to much. He hide in snow and ate snow to quench his breath. At the end he was badly injured at the close combat by the exploding bullet that nearly decapitated him. Still he was able to recover and died in 2002 at the age of almost 97 year.

On the other hand Ilmari Juutilainen (the family name Juutilainen means "Danish") was the best non-german pilot of the WWII (c. 100 downed planes) and he was newer shot down by the enemy, nor he was wounded. He died in 1999 at the age of 85.

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8 Japan

Is this seriously second? Japanese had crap weapons and fought recklessly leading to many dead for no reason. Germans were awful people but what they did for so long in Europe while so outnumbered is pretty impressive and not to mention they didn't have nearly as much equipment as the allies did during the later years of the war

My Opinion is this country is same as Philippines power except its an empire if philippines made their own empire they would have the same strength as japan...just maybe.

This crappy country

9 Norway Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard.

Managed to hold off Germany for some time

10 Philippines Philippines The Philippines was established in March 16, 1521 and named in honor of a Spanish King whose name is King Philip of Spain II. It is located at Asia, specifically at Southeast Asia. The capital is Manila. 89% of the people there currently are native, while 11% of people there are foreigners.

The Newcomers

? Sweden Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. more.
? Independent State of Croatia

The Contenders

11 Poland Poland Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. With a population of approximately more.

Poles fought fiercely after the fall of their motherland. They fought within their territories, in the USSR, in the UK and France, decoded Enigma, invented the Mine detector

They are so so brave

Poland faced Nazi Germany first in a full scale war, inflicted big casualties and held up longer than rich and haughty western allies during Fall Gelb... all this while sustaining attacks from all geographical directions AND from above by Hitler's war machine, Czekoslovakia AND Soviet Union. After that Poles fought on all fronts, forming 4th biggest allied army after Soviets (made up from soldiers who one-by-one broke out of the enslaved country to fight some more), USA and the UK, plus forming the second most impressive resistance movement of all time (after Yugoslavs) from the remaining population.

They helped the Soviets capture Berlin, carried out sabotage missions even on German territory and had insanely high morale, fighting on despite having lost 22% of the population, 75% of intellectuals and officers and having their cities levelled (on average 70% destroyed), and all of this without Stalin having to herd them to fight as was the case in USSR or the motivation of ...more

12 Yugoslavia
13 Brazil Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region.
14 New Zealand New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. more.
15 ANZAC's

I think the Australian New Zealand Army Corps were a good military because of there spirit to not give up in the pacific and they had the most affect on Japan.

16 Romania Romania Romania is a sovereign state located in Southeastern Europe It borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Moldova. It has an area of 238,391 square kilometres and a temperate-continental climate. With over 19 million inhabitants, the country is the seventh-most-populous member state more.

The Romanian Armies fought well and they had some of the best tanks and the best rifles and smg's of the WW2. Also,they had the best generals and very skilled troops.

17 Czechoslovakia

They had best army before WWII but GB and France betrayed them

18 Denmark Denmark Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.


19 Singapore Singapore Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, and often referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City, and the Red Dot, is a global city and sovereign state in Southeast Asia and the world's only island city-state.
20 China China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1.388 billion. It was established in 1949 by Chairman Mao, the president of the communist party. Its capital is Beijing. The major cities are Shanghai, more.
21 Ireland
22 Greece Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe.

Greece was gonna beat Italy if Germany didn't intervene. - Greekmapper

Nazi Germany needed to help Italy in the invasion of greece thus delaying operation babarossa. Italy was gonna lose

Hence we will not say that Greeks fight like heroes,
but Heroes fight like Greeks.

-Winston Churchill

23 Netherlands Netherlands

They fought well

24 Belgium Belgium Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. A small and densely populated country, it covers an area of 30,528 square kilometers (11,787 square miles) and has a population of more than 11 million.

Got help from UK

25 Ethiopia Ethiopia Ethiopia, officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a sovereign state located in the Horn of Africa.

Facing off Italy is quite hard

26 Spain Spain
27 Bulgaria Bulgaria Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria, was established in 681 ad. and since then it never changed it's name, which makes it one of the oldest countries in Europe. Located in the Balkan Peninsula between Greece, Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia and Black Sea. The Capital of Bulgaria is Sofia, more.
28 Luxembourg Luxembourg
29 Mexico Mexico Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic located in North America. The country is located between the U.S. and Central America, and is known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, and jungles.
30 India India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. more.

It should be in top 5 because 70% of the British army had indian soldiers. Their sheer determination, skill,courage, strength was all that the allies needed to win the Asian front.

31 France France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to more.

They suck at war stop surrendering

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