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)

In both WW1 and WW2, the German military proved its endurance even when fighting on two fronts and against many other powerful nations (even with Hitler at their leadership).

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?

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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

United States

They were so incredibly powerful towards the end and after. while Germany did have an incredibly strong war they only started to bolster their country after Hitler became the dictator so they had far less prep time than the other nations in the war however they didn't singlehandedly win this war by any stretch of the imagination

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 British weapons were all top of the line. The RAF, RN, British Army probably worked the hardest during WWII. They served from Africa- Europe, so they deserve this.

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


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.

Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a sovereign state in Europe. It has a capital of Helsinki and got independence from the Soviet Union after WWI.

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.


Being able to fight a two front war as a mainly agricultural country is pretty powerful as that. They may not have very good weapons but they were relentless fighters that were almost able to hold out against the industrial power known as usa. If not for nuclear bombs the war may have gone on for few years.

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

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

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.

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.

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).

The Contenders
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.

Indian's had nothing to do with world wars, they are just scared brown cats

where ever u find India has been great

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.

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.

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.

They were the single axis-sattelite to conduct a full scale successful operation :siege of Odessa without German help)

Powerful army


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

Good Airforces

Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region.
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

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)

France sucks

Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. more.

bru, do u be telling me that Norway is stronger than Italy.

New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. more.
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.

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.

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.


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.
Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. more.
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