Greatest Allied Nations In World War II
The Top Ten
It is said that the war was won with American Steel, British Intelligence, and Soviet Blood. BLOOD. Soviet Union lost 24 million people, 11 million being in the military. Soviet Union was destroyed from the war, industrial and manpower. Sure the allies would struggle without the US, have a longer bloodier war without UK, but the allies couldn't win without the Soviet Union. From that win, Soviet Union was a mere shadow of its former self, but it was the wall that stopped Germany. The endless advances ended in Leningrad, Moscow and Stalingrad. Russia was mauled the Germans, and the same in return. The Soviet Union as a nation held back Germany's full might, something that no one else sharing a land border with Germany could. Russia held them back, and killed them. Russia had the most sacrifice, and did the most work. Therefore, Russia/Soviet Union/USSR did the most to help win world war 2.
Russia has made the largest contribution to the victory over Hitler, as with Russia, the U.S. and Britain
Its simple; if the USA did not enter the war, Hitler would have been victorious in Europe- easily in fact. With no US forces to distract him, Hitler could also have at the very least reached a stalemate with the USSR, which would have created even more casualties. In either case, the political landscape of Europe would be dramatically different than it is today.
Russia defeated Germany. America gets all the credit when they came near the end (1944) of Europe. Russia got the most hell, and pushed through the most. America only took France back. Denmark, Norway, etc were all of Russian liberation
I am Canadian and we like to jab the US but being pushed down to number 6 is plain disrespectful. Yes they sat out the first half, yes they only joined when it suited them but when they hit the start button, the proved to be the most powerful ally. Without the US, we probably would not have won. I think we should think about that when ranking countries. Russia would have never "defended" anybody else. Russia was the bad guy for the first half. They should not be number one. China Should be 10. They just had numbers. They could have never taken the fight outside China. UK, US, France, Canada and rest of commonwealth were the major ally players when you look at troop numbers, technology, financial backing, infrastructure, win ratio and the sheer amount of engagements they participated in. Hands down.
The fact of the matter is the United States had a history of trying to stay neutral of Europe's wars. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor they almost completely wiped out the American pacific fleet. Fighting on two fronts against two very strong and determined enemies the American military was the weight that tipped the balance of the war.
Japan viewed the U.S. as the most significant threat to their aggressive ambitions. The U.S. pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor was the only force capable of challenging Japan's navy, on the morning of December 7, 1941 Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The day after the attack, on December 8, 1941, the U.S. declared war on Japan and German
We may have joined late, but we were sending massive aide to the allies the entire war. Britain was barely hanging on with the Battle of Britain. Japan knew that America was a threat, which is why Pearl Harbor was attacked, without America in the war, it is very likely that the axis could have won...
One of the largest allied contributions, excessively brilliant pilots, probably bravest troops of WWII ready to sacrifice life for Poland. The army with the old equipment withstood a good bit of time against the suppression of Third Reich and Russia.
without any help from UK and France fought against Hitler for a month without big army and after after winning the Polish by Germans Polish men helped other countires fight against Hitler, not many peopole know that winning state owes much to the Poles
The Poles were truly heroic. Don't even get me started on the patriotism.
Why isn't Poland number one? Poland was occupied by the Nazis for the longest, and yet the Polish people never once gave up in their struggle for liberation.
The United Kingdoms lasted past the Blitz if it Had not millions of bomber planes would have either gone to the Soviet union or even the United States and that would have caused production penalties. Great Brittan is also were they launched the thousands of soldiers to gain a turing point in Europe.
Come on, how is Poland higher? They didn't survive a mouth, without the U.K helping the USSR and the US the nazis would win
Britain has always backed up for her fellow allies.
If it wasn't for Britain the Acis would have won.
By far, the most disgustingly collaborationist as well as opportunist Country in History.
Viva La France
Early country that declare war on nazy germany (the other is UK), its true that france was defeated quickly but their goverment in exile is continue the war against axis and prove a significant force during allies wars at africa and europe.
At the begging of the war britain was the first to stand up for its allies Poland and France(yes I know wired France and England together! )and it had a war inside ww2 called "The Battle of Britain(mainly England was the one that got bombed)and had no help from America(but mad a tab so they could pay it back latter) until the soviet Union stepped it. Many say it was because Germany declared war on the USA and/or japan joined many. Any way British empire all fought in the war(Canada, Australasia and Indra) as a part of the British army. They also said if britain lost "the battle of britain" or got invaded by Germany the rest of ww2 would have ended with Soviet Union doing nothing as the treaty was still in affect, Britain, France, japan and basically the hole of Europe and the British empire against USA and that includes Canada attaching north, Europe east and japan west, even America it would have been the end of ww2 with everyone speaking German; so I picked England as ...more
British innovation, determination, guile and diplomacy were their greatest strengths.
American money, mass production, innovation and strength in numbers.
Russia strength in numbers, ridiculous sacrifice in sheer numbers and determination.
Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and India loyalty, dependability, determination and the sheer fact that we could get one over on the Brits! Pommies! )
That's what won the war. So tired of hearing America won the war. So far from the truth and so disrespectful to all involved. I would be embarrassed if I was an American by the sheer ignorance that sometimes comes out. Absolutely baffling!
Although they didn't actually manage to beat back the nazis ever, and although they were pretty inactive early in the war, England held off the Nazi powers long enough for the Allies to regroup and attack. That was a pretty critical moment, the only other most important one being stalin's victory over hitler. However, shown by Nazi victory over the first 5 months of the attack, and seeing that the Nazis were only pushed back during the winter when the weather was on the side of the russians, England would be, personally, considered greater as they weren't allied with their weather, although Russia in itself was a VERY influential power.
Britain was better because it held out against Italy and Germany on its own for one year. Britain was also better than the stupid communists because they were able to hold of the Germans when they were totally out numbered when the Soviets barely survived even when they had superior numbers.
Out of a population of 11 million, 1 million men and women served in uniform. Participated in the Battle of Britain, D Day landings, Dieppe Raid, Invasion of Italy, and Canadians spearheaded the attack that liberated the Netherlands. Canada is one of many countries that is overlooked when thinking about who contributed to the war effort.
Remove China and Russia from the top 5 and everything else here is pretty much correct. Except for the Philippines being so low. They should be much higher. Canada kept England alive by sending supplies to them so they can take the brunt of Hitler's rage. Canada was a major player in D-Day and liberated many parts of Europe, specifically the Netherlands. Canada provided a million trained (not cannon foder) personal to the war effort. Canada had the third largest allied fleet.
Joined England in declaring war, sent huge amount of men and supplies, third largest navy, built a great many mosquito fighter/bombers, trained a lot of allied airmen
The convoys of the north atlantic kept england alive
Denmark was conquered in 2 hours. How were they a great allied nation? Least alone in the top ten
Denmark was conquered in 2 hours. How were they a great allied nation?
Didn't even do anything..
Don't think Denmark even had a standing army lye alone fought. Back
China fought for the longest, 1937 - 1945, suffered the second highest casualty and tied down most of Japan's ground force, without China the allies would've had a much harder time winning the war.
Many people forget china roles in ww2 however china did fight for the longest and contrary to popular believe china wasn't incompetent in war like Italy also she wasn't conquer. China suffer great loses yet she still continue to fight. The dragon is truly formidable.
China was fighting much longer than any of the other power so I think they deserve this position
China attracted at least 60~70% Japanese ground forces in WW2. Without the Chinese effort, the allied would have had to deal with another million Japanese forces. The Japanese may attack USSR from the east, while Nazis kept pushing from the West. If Soviet Union was defeated, the WW2 history would have been changed, because I really don't believe the US and Britain alone were able to handle German and the entire Japanese forces on ground
Fist victory of the allies against Italy. Also they delayed Nazis to go to Russia cause of battle of Crete and they were frozen like morons.
Greece delayed the nazis from going to Russia for 40 days until Russia was in deep winter and the nazis lost
Hitler himself said that from all the countries he took over Greece was the one that fought the bravest
Denmark/France higher in Rank than Greece? Please respect people that actually fought for their countries and didn't concede
The Dutch continued the war in Europe with a sizeable Navy as well as land and air forces. The Dutch merchant fleet was one of the largest in the world and said for the largest part for the allied forces. The Netherlands East Indies had was a major oil producing country. It was defended against the Japanese by Dutch, British, American and Australian forces (Abdacom). Under Dutch rear admiral Karel Doorman the combined fleet fought a desperate battle against the invading japanese navy. The Dutch fought troughout the war.
Netherlands fought against both Germany and Japan. All they got in the end was Indonesian independence.
Why them? They lost within a week?
Anne Frank: she was a young Jewish girl living in the Netherlands, but she was spared for 2 years because the Dutch goverment annoced for all Dutch Jews to go into hiding. But she was discovered 2.5 years after.
We should be in the top ten. After all, we did stop the Japanese for the first time in ww2 with no training, sickness, no proper equipment and had to fight the Japanese in the jungle.
Australia fought bravely and well I voted for Canada but admire Australia's fight against Japan
The aussies stopped the Japanese from taking over Papua New Guinea and were a key part of German defeat in the Middle East.
Helped out everyone
New Zealand fought in two world wars that it did not have to. We supplied the RAF with some stellar pilots for the defense in the Battle of Britain and was constantly put into battles that were complete hell, (irrelevant to WW2 but the ANZACs got one of the worse deployments in the form of the battle for Gallipoli). We also had very brave soldiers who constantly put their lives on the line for places that they had never heard before. (Charles Upham is the only frontline soldier to receive 2 Victoria Crosses and is a native of Canterbury). We may have not been the biggest contributors in the war or have the most glorious stories of war, but you can't deny the huge courage and sacrifice New Zealand did for the world during World War 2
Lost the most men for a country of their size
They did pretty well but Canada should be higher than new zeland
New Zealand was a weak and still young country back then, but gave Britain and allies all they had, including their navy, and their Air Force witch they offended many pilots to join the Royal Navy. And New Zealand was the first countries to officially declare war with Germany witch takes a lot of balls being such a young country
Very important with their fleet. Also they sabotaged German nuke labs in Norway so that the Germans wouldn't get the atomic bomb.
Norway helped the war by killing lots of German plus the british put mines on the shore of Norway and that helped too
They stopped the Germans from developing a nuclear bomb. How is this not in the top 10?
The first battles of WW2 was won in Norway and the Norwegian fleet helped UK a lot with transport, food and metal to build weapons. Norway was unprepared and wanted to stay neutral in the war, but when Germany attacked Norway they fought well and held off the Germans for two months. Norway also prevented Germany of getting nukes by sabotaging the labratory they had made in Norway.
No country had lesser resources and at the same time have been attacked by so many different enemies and Axis collaborating nations.
Yugoslavia was the only country that was invaded by Nazi Germany that managed to free themselves.
You guys are all haters.
India's contribution to WW2 has been greatly ignored. India did not make the greatest contribution but it sure helped. More than 2 million (sadly untrained) Indians volunteered to fight alongside Britain (200,000 were forced). They terrorized German tank divisions in Africa, fought the Japanese in Burma, took part in the invasion of Italy, and played a significant part in battles in the Middle East. Many British, French authority figures have acknowledged this and explained India should receive credit for high contribution.
India supported UK, provided all raw materials to UK. 63% of whatever UK spent in WWII was extracted from India (source: Oxford University Union)
India without doubt is best. they gave raw materials and huge amount of military soldiers. over 2.5 MILLION!
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Did not do much and most people think they did not join the allies they eventually did but late in the war
Agreed with another poster. Philippines played a huge role due to it's location and the amount of resistance. I wouldn't put it in the top 10 due to the fact this ranking is based on sheer power and influence but I would definitely put it above Yugoslavia, Mexico, Greece, Denmark and Norway. No offense to those countries but Philippines simply had location location location.
They were one of the most bravest countries of World War II as they fought the Japanese.
The hub in the pacific for the usa.
Philippines is the bravest country ever.!
Everybody forgets that Brazil pushed the italian enemy line back, with the help of Americans. For a country that was not prepared for war, Brazil did a great job.
Almost 26.000 Brazilian soldiers fought in Italy
From August 1944 until March 1945, the Brazilians fought on feared the Gothic line. One of the last great defenses drawn up by the Germans in the war.
The Nazi-fascist lines theoretically stretched by 280 km from the coastal region of the Tyrrhenian Sea, going from the West, in the regions of Italian Carrara and La Spezia, through the chain of mountains formed by the Apennines, ending to the East, in the areas of Pesaro and Rimini, on the Adriatic Sea foreshore.
Its main purpose was to slow the most, and if possible to block Allied advances in the campaign of Italy.
Didn't know Mexico was in it? So did I, but after research the U. S would get killed a lot by 2 sides, but forget that.
Mexico is one of the countries that supported the Allies of WW2, but later provided materials for the U. S to build their machines like Navy Boats. Admit it without Mexico's materials you would get hit pretty hard with losing about a few million pounds of metals.
I'm glad that Mexico is at least on the list.
Belgium is always underrated
I don't know why I chose them
There not good at winning
They where very important in the WW2
They were originally on the allied side if Russia didn't overrun Roman they wouldn't have helped
Romania contributed more than France in deafeating Nazi Germany, but the Allies refused to admit their contribution.