Top Ten Greatest Armies of World War II

The Top Ten
1 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.

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.

Their economy was extremely large and they were able to invent and build new weapons faster and better than any other army in the war

2 Germany

Basically pioneered modern warfare tactics, not only tank doctrine but also air force and infantry doctrine too. Had the best military leadership/officers and excelled at offensive operations, they killed 800,000 and wounded/captured millions more within 6 months of the campaign and reached Moscow. (No doubt if it had not been for the Russian winter they would have certainly reached Moscow and possibly won the war). Amazing tanks, well made small arms weapons, and anti-tank guns. Best scientists and engineers, had the best submarines, invented the jet engine and the cruise missile. Held out against the combined might of some of the worlds strongest militarys for 5+ years. They punched well above their weight don't forget the population of Germany was not that large compared to the combined populations of their enemys.

Their weapon are so OP and if the allies did not fight together the german army would have taken over USSR or now russia and the rest of the Europe before I know it then with the japanese to take down United States Of America and soon...The whole world with technology from america like the NUKE and many other secret weapons the allies have

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).

3 England

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.

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

4 Russia

as an Englishman I have to admit the Russian fought the brunt of the German forces and still reached Moscow before the French, British, Americans, and Canadians combined. After the Russians took Stalingrad it was over for the germans, in all actuality the Russians are the only reason we won the war.

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.

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.

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.

5 Australia

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.

6 Canada

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.

7 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.

Those badass Finns managed to beat back those Soviets even though they were outgunned and outnumbered,they have played a major role in WW2,it basically killed more troops than it lost,Simo Hayhä was a legend,Winter war was basically Vietnam War but it is cold and snowy terrain version.

Finland Manage to fight off a much larger and better equipped Russian army for much longer than they should have been able to and therefore I think they are the most underrated army in all of WW2

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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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.

8 Japan

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.

Japan had some questionable tactics and methods but their patriotism, loyalty and bravery was unmatched which is why I put them so high up in my list

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.

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

9 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

I voted this country because of footballer haaland

Norway was able to make a amazing stand and raged one of the best
risastance movements of WW2.

10 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
11 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

They should be somewhat more on the top

where ever u find India has been great

12 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

Notable for their moving resistance to military occupation.

They are so strong we should be proud of them

13 Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia is badass

14 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

15 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

They will win a war

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

16 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.

17 Czechoslovakia

Had one of the best Resistance groups of the war

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

Good Airforces

18 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.

19 Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region.
20 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. more.
21 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.
22 Netherlands

They fought well

They were good

23 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.


24 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

25 Luxembourg
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