Top Ten Greatest Armies of World War II

The Top Ten

1 Germany

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.

They are inventors of modern warfare, which at the time was superior to any other forces.

Statistically they were better trained and more determined than any of there counterparts and 1 German soldier was equivalent to 4 allied and 7 Russian fighters, those nazi were baddass

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

2 United States

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.

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 soviet red army deserves more credit
American army is too overrated
25million Russians died
How many Americans died? Probably not even 1million

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.

3 England

Not just England, the British were England, Scotland, Nth. Ireland and Wales, don't forget.

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

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

4 Russia

The battle for Stalingrad is telling in the power of the soviet troops

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

5 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.

6 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.

Their actions in Africa were war changing.

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.

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

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.

They kicked Russia’s ass in the Winter War, Russia did win but they had more deaths than Finland - Limeyy

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.

8 Japan

They were ruthless, Hong Kong and Pearl Harbour showed that. Should be at first place.

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.

Fanatical to the extreme, commited atrocities they refuse to really admit, and archaic in their military ideology, they were nontheless a force to be rocconed with

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.

9 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.

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

Managed to hold off Germany for some time

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.

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. ...read more.

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

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.

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 ...read more.

Notable for their moving resistance to military occupation.

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

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

13 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 ...read more.

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

Powerful army

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.

14 Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia is badass

15 Czechoslovakia

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

Good Airforces

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

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

France sucks

18 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. ...read more.
19 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.

FREEDOM FIGHTERS RUINING THE GERMAN INFRASTRUCTUR

20 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.
21 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, ...read 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.

22 Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. ...read more.
23 Ireland
24 Netherlands

They fought well

25 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 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, ...read more.
27 Luxembourg
28 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.
29 Independent State of Croatia
30 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. ...read more.
31 Albania Albania is a southeastern European country that is slightly larger than Maryland and near Montenegro, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, and Greece. The capital is a city called Tirana. Some other major cities in Albania are Durrës, Elbasan, Vlorë, and Shkodër. Albania gained its independence in 1912. ...read more.

Fought bravely from italy

32 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

33 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

34 Spain
35 Turkey Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, ...read more.

Turkey has a good army always it must be in top 20 I think.

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