Top Ten Greatest Armies of World War II
The Top Ten
Straight up had the most well trained army, the highest quality vehicles / tanks, and the best scientists. Even had a pretty strong navy even though it’s never spoken of. Their two Bismarck class ships were the greatest in Europe, their submarines were the best, and the Luftwaffe was the first or second best airforce prior to the Battle of Britain. The only reason they lost was due to a lack of powerful and coordinated allies, declaring war on the US and Russia when unnecessary, and from a lack of resources. (I am aware that the Soviets may have attacked)
Best army by far, they took on nearly every nation in the world and still looked like they were going to win 3 years after the start of the war.
If it hadnt been for japan attacking USA and so bring them into the war, I reckon germany could of won because all they had to do was to beat USSr
I know the Nazis were bad people, but they invented modern warfare basically. they had real good officers and soldiers who had good moral to the end. even in its last stand in 1944-1945, they put up huge resistance. The numbers do not show the story, but in some numbers do. for example in the allied take over of Germany in 1945 the Germans inflicted almost as much damage on the allies as in Normandy! if they did not go to war with the USSR and US they would have won the war.
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?
The US is on every ones mind as number 1, but they are not, though they are in the top 3 or 5. there elite forces like rangers, marines, marine raiders, and airborne were some of the best in the world BUT other land forces that were normally trained were not as good, and their best officers were too cautious or to aggressive. but the air force and navy were the best, with top of the line ships, planes, tactics, and crew. and their home front was rad. all together, they are probably might be number 1, but I would say number 2 behind Germany.
By the end of the war, they were the most advanced army of the entire war. They were a balanced force, having a powerful navy, air force, and a well trained army. Other countries are held back by weak navies or air forces, or maybe even slow mobility or a terrible ground force. But the United States is superior to these other nations, due to their ability to quickly adapt to any type of fighting.
most industrial and military power the allies were screwed until the U.S. showed up
we also had to fight alone in the pacific and in europe we had france and britan but the british were almost out of supplies and the french surrendered to germany pretty early on so that meant that canada, britan, and the U.S. were on their own and britan ad canada did not have a lot of troops so that meant that most troops were american.
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.
England is a good all around country. their soldiers were pretty good. their navy was real good. their air force was top of the line and their elite forces were amazing.
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.
The most amazing person led them and they did the most against all the axis armies than any others
I agree that without Russia we couldn't have won world war 2 but it was definitely Russia then us
The USSR ( not russia! ) was one of the best powers of WW2 and after, but they still kind of suck. they would be in the top 5 but they were kind of cheap. they just did tank and human waves to tackle enemy defenses and their air force did not stand a chance until the German's air force was basically done thanks to the other allies. they had plenty of good sides though. their officers were some of the best comparable to German officers and their factories were good too.
Russia won the second world war. Only reason D Day happened was to stop the Russians pushing on thru to the Atlantic and making Europe Red.
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.
26 million russians died in the war, 420,000 americans died. Russia put in the most effort to win wwii.
also, soviet union started fighting in 1941, while americans came in only at 1944, when the nazis were already retreating.
Canada is a under rated country with good factorys, were able to make amazing ram tanks which were as multi role as the sherman and they were amazing soldiers and pilots. their navy crew members help very much transporting goods across the deadly Atlantic.
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
A wholy underrated nation of WW2 that did more than its part.
AUssies were some of the best fighting men on the allie's side. they fought bravely vs japenese, italians, and Germans. and their factories were real good. they were able to get a amazing tank armed with a 17 pounder gun while at the time other tanks were considered good with 6 pounders and their SMG was good too. and their air force fighters could compete when facing zeros at the time when the US was equipped with wildcats.
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.
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.
Let down by poor (english) leadership in Singapore. Everywhere else the Anzacs were the best.
Th fins had some real good soldiers and pilots. the fins during the winter war had about a 16 to 1 kill ratio with USSR fighters! and their soldiers and officers were masters of warfare.
Could have defeated Russia if given some help...and beat the soundly! I believe that the Finn's could beat anybody in the world, even now!
Bruce, United States of America
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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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.
Did someone just put Singapore as 10, because I'm pretty sure japan was one of the strongest, and almost singlehandedly invade almost all of asia.
Japan is one of thoes under rated countries of WW2. they hd a good air force and navy, good officers, amazing soldiers, and good factory workers that were able to make tons of stuff even with a not top of the line factory.
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.
Managed to hold off Germany for some time
Norway was able to make a amazing stand and raged one of the best
risastance movements of WW2.
Way under appreciated l. They had probably one of the only Rosa stance groups that had a major impact, along with the USSR and maybe Poland. (Sorry maquis lovers but the French resistance did not make much of a impact because a lot of the population was pro German until 1943 with the introduction of forced labor there)
Held a steady hand against the Japanese early on, population got screwed almost as much as China did by the Japanese, and eventually hit back hard against Tojo just like how the Poles did against the Germans over the war (rebellions and guerilla fighting like it was Vietnam).
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.
Indian's had nothing to do with world wars, they are just scared brown cats
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
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
Poland had a stote defense in 1939 even while being attacked by two big powerful; countrys at the same time frooom air and ground AND had the 2nd best resistance movment of WW2
Notable for their moving resistance to military occupation.
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.
They were the single axis-sattelite to conduct a full scale successful operation :siege of Odessa without German help)
Yugoslavia is badass
Had one of the best Resistance groups of the war
They had best army before WWII but GB and France betrayed them
Yes, they surrendered, but the people of France fought back, and one of the most badass nations in history stood strong against oppression (De Gaulle was horrible though)
They suck at war stop surrendering
bru, do u be telling me that Norway is stronger than Italy.
Notable in their sacrifice, which was nearly as steep as Russia's, and they halted Japans advance. Their people are told they won the war nearly single handedly, this clearely did not happen, but they fought against all odds.
Republic of China has kill millions Japanese army, which forced Japanese empire to stop invasion of other countries effectively.
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They fought well
Facing off Italy is quite hard