Top Ten Most Powerful Countries In 1939

Which countries were the most powerful at the start of WW2?

The Top Ten

1 Nazi Germany

-Nazi Germany had the best tanks in the world, with the either the best air force or a close second to the RAF. They had the best technology in the world, with the best generals in the world.
-They had a solid population, that was able to support its armies.
-Areas Germany lacked in where natural resources.
-Germanys men were very motivated, the only nation with a more motivated people in my personal opinion were the Japanese.

Nazi Germany in 1939 was in perfect health economically, the Nazi's had long taken Germany out of the Depression and the economy was flourishing greatly. The Nazi's being nationalistic and military-focused, had roughly 6,000 aircraft, millions of soldiers, thousands of tanks and artillery in 1939. The German military was also very advanced, probably the most advanced military in 1939.

Since I anonymous in a previous post, I will not say much here, but I can say more facts of why Nazi Germany is the most powerful nation entering 1939. Nazi Germany was already a good-sized nation, stretching from Northern and Northern Central Africa into Germany. They were already pressing into the Soviet Union with little effort, and were bombarding Britain with their air force. Although some may say that Nazi Germany propaganda says it is the most powerful nation that is the reason, but the facts speak for themselves. People who have encountered World War II will tell haunting events of German invasions of Europe or Allies' defeat at Nazi Germany. Hitler did not support propaganda like the vast Soviet Union, but he did not use propaganda at all. Instead, he got the support of the German people, telling them that they are the greatest and the so-called 'inferior' Jews are troublemakers. The Nazis lost World War II, but they left a vast trail of wreckage in their wake. The Nazis have ...more

During this time, Germany was definitely the best. Best tactics, best technology (sporks, which were more efficient than either spoon or forks, tanks, jets), intelligent commanders and determined soldiers, and a special code that no one could figure out for years at a time. They were the most note-worthy country in World War 2, being the ones that declared it in the 1st place. At the time, their main antics were simply conquering, much like the Romans far before them. They've conquered nearly all of Europe at the time, only to get stopped by the combined forces of USA, Russia (who probably was still sore at the time, since they were tricked into making a pact with Germany, only to have their selves attacked by the latter), and others. Germany also was quite the conspirator. They viewed Jews as evil, and after they conquered the world with Italy and Japan (most notably Japan. Italy was insignificant at the time), they would betray them, and conquer their countries too, respectively.

2 United States

Funny how people thought Germany was better than the US. People like to mention how we were coming off a depression and we were, but so was the rest of the world. It was worldwide. We were still ahead of most of the pack. We would've wooped Germany's tail if it was just us and them. The only reason Germany conquered anything was because they were caught off guard and they underestimated Germany. They attempted to appease Hitler.

An economic powerhouse with a vast amount of industrialed force. Had a motivated people after the attack on pearl harbor, the United States had a vast amount of people with good generals and good technology.

Having been responsible for the Wall Street Crash which led to an international depression, the United States was the most economically influential world power in the world. Their population didn't 'boom' like it did in previous decades due to immigration restrictions and the United States was still in isolationism and thus not military-orientated or as Imperialistic as the European powers. Nonetheless, the United States massive economy mean't it recovered completely from the greatest financial depression in human history.

As the head of the Japanese navy during WW2 once said about America "you can't invade the US mainland, behind every blade of grass would be a rifle." Or another quote "to win a war against America we can't simply stop at Hawaii nor San Francisco we would have to march our Army into the White House and force surrender." Like it or not WW2 America was untouchable by any country during the time. You weren't fighting just the American Army Navy and Marine Corps you were fighting 237 million pissed off freedom loving patriots that brought all the US econonical and Industrial might to bare. In short you were fighting a nation with enough manpower, resources and determination to literally beat down any nation of the time.

3 British Empire

The British Empire should be at least 2nd on this list. The British Empire in 1939 had a population of nearly 600 million which was over 24% of the world population in 1939, 4 times the population of the USA at the time (147 million) and nearly 6 times the population as Nazi Germany which had a population of 86 million people in 1939. Yes, the Nazi's were more military focused than the British Empire at the time and perhaps even slightly more technologically advanced but the British Empire still had far more manpower and it's navy was still the largest in the world in 1939. There is a solid argument whether Nazi Germany was as powerful as the British Empire in 1939 on land, but there's no way the US was stronger than the British Empire at the time. The 1930's US War Plan Red only realistically targeted on conquering Canada, as the Americans knew they were no match for the Royal Navy. Also let's not forget that the British Empire stood alone against the might of Nazi Germany, Fascist ...more

Hands down the best country ever. Best air force, Navy and 2nd best army in 1939 with 600 million people in the Empire.

In 1939, Britain was the world's major superpower. It had by far the world's strongest navy, and it had an empire so large it was home to roughly a quarter of the world's population, which would be the largest empire in history. In 1939, Germany was still recovering from the Treaty of Versailles. The Red Army had proven itself to be ineffective and the USSR was still recovering from the Russian Civil War, and most of the world hatted this country. The United States did not yet have a substantial military or dominant political position, and like the rest of the world, its economy was struggling from the great depression. Japan's military was very effective, but it always suffered from various limitations, and it never really succeeded in making it onto the platform of major powers. In terms of power status, the only country that rivaled the British Empire was France, who was a British ally and major victor of the previous world war. But the following year, they proved to be incapable ...more

I'm SO ANNOYED WHY DID WE LET GO OF THAT BEAUTIFUL EMPIRE. Luckily we are going to take Hong Kong back.

4 Soviet Union

-With a vast population and now an industrial nation, the Soviet Union was a forced to be reckoned with. Very motivated troops, arguable the second-best tanks in the world, the only thing holding the Soviets back were the lack of competent generals. Sheer numbers and Russian grit with good technology won them this war

The Soviet Union was the most unique military during World War II, the most effective vehicles for the allies( putting a rocket launcher on the back of a truck), the most reliable firearms, the most soldiers, though they did not have guns for every person, not to wise of attack strategy, and lost a ton of people, the Soviets being desperate made them thrive, they came up with the most brilliant ideas for being way behind in technology, yet they did practically win the war as they made it to Berlin first. The fact that the soviets really didn't believe in high technology, they made simple yet effective weapons.

They didn't have the best military technology or tactics (since Stalin had executed all his high-ranking generals) but the Soviets fought the Nazis with unmatched force by simply overwhelming them with their sheer numbers. The Battle of Stalingrad was easily the bloodiest battle in WWII if not of all time, resulting in over 2 million casualties, and the fact that Stalingrad still never surrendered really says something about the strength of the Soviet military. Heck, without these guys the Allies would've been complete toast facing up against the Axis. It was only after Hitler invaded Russia that things started to tip in the Allies' favor. Roosevelt and Churchill were willing to ally with Joseph "the Brutal and Paranoid Dictator" Stalin just to get the Soviets on their side. And don't forget, these guys kicked the Nazis' asses in Eastern Europe. These guys were not to be messed with, which is one of the main reasons why we were so afraid of them during the Cold War. There's a reason ...more

The Soviet union was not as powerful in terms of sheer might however its possibilities for war (shown when the Nazis invaded) was greater than the Americans and British combined. The Soviet Union is the country that defeated the Nazis and they did about 70% of the work.Were as countries like america were near enough useless in the war only providing in the last two years of the war! The Soviet Union was also the country that did most of fighting against Japan.Yet the U.S took the credit. They pushed the Nazis back across Russia even after the take over of Moscow back into Berlin and they rescued the Auschwitz captives and this was all when they were not even ready or even expected an invasion. The Soviets moved their entire economy east (in three years) and amassed an army more powerful than a empire which focused its entire economy on war and the soviets crushed them.

5 Japanese Empire

. The Japanese Empire was now under a dictatorship, conquering Manchuria and annexing parts of China. The Japanese regime was extremely militaristic and imperialistic, greatly expanding in size from 1931-1939 as a result of a war with China. Japan also notably abandoned the Genoa Treaty, which agreed that the Japanese navy was to be three-fifths of the British and American navies.

Japanese Were unstoppable if They never attacked Hawaii and midway. They Were already in great favor And Could Have Conquered all of asia

To add onto that, Japan had also once controlled Korea and Taiwan.

Had the most advanced fighter, the A6M Zero with a 12 to 1 kill ratio. If that is not power then I don't know what is

6 French Empire

France still retained Indochina and African and Pacific colonies in 1939. WW1 had effected France more profoundly than perhaps any other economically, as did the Great Depression, as France's fragile economy was only beginning to recover when the Depression hit in '29. France was still very much military-orientated, comparable to its 1914 levels, as they were still extremely wary of the growing power of Germany in the east.

Considered the strongest military in Europe 1939

In 1939, French tanks were considered the best in the world. One famous example is the Char B1. Look up the Battle of Stonne.

7 China

When combined, China was still indeed a powerful country in 1939. The war with its more powerful neighbour and an ongoing civil war though deeply hurt China economically.

China was occupied by japan throughout the war not even sure how it's in 8th position it should be much lower. The performance of Chinese troops in repelling japanese forces was pathetic

They had a ton of people

Yeah

8 Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million kmĀ²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, ...read more.

Canada Fought on all Fronts of the War. She Played a huge part in the battle of the Atlantic and invasion of Italy. Canada was on the beaches at Normandy and made major contributions in the air as well. Definitely made a larger contribution than France or Poland which were defeated so early in the war or India, Australia, or New Zealand who played very little roles in comparison. Pound for pound Canada lost more men percentage wise than the US. Canada is definitely more deserving to be in the top ten than a few of the nations that are already there.

Canada stood by Great Britain during its darkest hour, and sent them the help they needed during the Battle of the Atlantic and the Battle of Britain. I really doubt that Britain would have survived were it not for Canada. Unlike the United States of America and the Soviet Union, Canada was fighting against the Nazis since the very beginning of World War Two.

Modern economy and military with lots of heavy industry might and hard fighting, motivated soldiers! Not anything near the main powers but absolutely the most powerful middle power more so than Italy and the surrendered France. Should be number 7 on the list.

We were more powerful than usa back than.

9 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.

Poland fought even when occupied, its government never surrendered, was attacked by USSR and Nazi Germany, fought for the survival of fatherland and lost 1/6 inhabitant during the war. Also fought in foreign armies, as in North Africa, Britain, France in 1940 and after Overlord, Italy and USSR.

Definitely number 9.

I think it was a powerful country in the world war 2 because they tried to stop the naziparty however failed, although some countries didn't even try to do anything.So big applauses to the poles for being brave.

Poland Was left alone after war

10 Italian Empire

The Italian Empire was an Empire now that Mussolini had invaded and conquered Abyssinia (Ethiopia) at the start of 1936. Compared to the big five, though, Italy was an embarrassment industrially, barely keeping up with small European states such as Belgium and the Netherlands. Mussolini's officials were usually corrupt and disloyal, and Mussolini couldn't and didn't check whether they were doing what he told them. The Fascist regime was however, extremely military orientated, like Nazi Germany and Italy maintained a population of just under 50 million.

Mussolini, who is the creator of fascism and influenced Adolf Hitler to be fascist.

Italy was surely lacking behind the other great power such as Nazi Germany and Great Britain, but it's army size and especially navy power would surely make it one of the 10th strongest militaries of ww2

The Contenders

11 Turkey

Mustafa Kemal was the best leader in the world

Mustafa Kemal was the one Of the most great leaders ever in the Turkey

They are awesome

They have lot of Brave and succesful Commanders

12 Ottoman Empire

The ottoman empire is the best

Very Weak

Worse Than USSR

has horses

13 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.

India was part of the British Empire, number three on the list.

They fought back the Japanese

Indians protested British forces peacefully

I love my India

14 Switzerland

Well I mean they were never invaded

15 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. ...read more.
16 Spain Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the north African coast.

Spain was the biggest empire along time ago and then they lost everthing. Spain had a civil war it was Spain vs replublicanos and Spain won so franco became prime minister of Spain that's why Spain didant join the second would war

17 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.

The Philippines in 1939 had a small army, small navy, and an almost non - existent navy. However, two key factors made the Philippines a very hard country to take. First of all, the American support of this country greatly prolonged the actual invasion of the Japanese. Many US troops fought until they couldn't in defending key areas such as manila bay and parts of the visayas. Secondly, the Filipino soldiers were known to be even more resilient, clever, and brutal than even the Japanese, often using stealth and surprise as weapons to butcher Japanese troops, often in painful and sanguine manners. While the Japanese might have surrounded the Philippines, the sheer number of those willing to die for their country allowed the liberation of the Philippines to be one of the easiest in the entire war. Never underestimate the cleverness, cruelty, willpower, and sheer patriotism of a Filipino soldier.

Philippine is the puppet of the USA which supplies by the USA during the occupation.

Philippines is one of the most powerful country in that time till today because of United States

Philippines, being a developed country during pre-war era or before world war 2. Philippines before was one of the richest country before but sadly after WW2, Philippines' economy and country fallen because of damages during war.

18 Netherlands

It was stronger then Nazi Germany and Hitler knew it and made a plan to make Netherlands force to give up and the plan was to bomb Rotterdam and it was completely wiped off the map.

It fought bravely

For a small country, it was powerful with indonesia and Suriname

19 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.

The regional power of Balkans, it had the fourth power both in the axis and then in the Allied powers

Romania had a lot of resources and great millatary, Romania invaded the Soviet Union in 1941

One of the bravesg countries in the world!

Romania PROVIDE 70% OF OIL FOR THE AXIS POWERS

20 Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe.

To do justice to history, I am obliged to state that, of the enemies confronting us, the Greek soldier fought with death-defying valor. He surrendered only after further resistance had become impossible and senseless. - Hitler

Greece fought back an Italian invasion in 1942 and launched a counterattack into Albania. Germany had to conquer them.

Greece Showed Italy And Albania That They Are weak (Albania was already not that strong) And Greece Had Such Victory Germany Itself Had To Face This Brave land. It Also Saved Russian Lives from stopping the invaison for awhile

Greece saved the world

21 Yugoslavia

Only Nation that freed themselves from occupation.

The best country of all time

22 Greater Nepal

Greater Nepal is one of the most powerful but untold army force. I never seen about nepal army before this article. But they fought so bravely with others.

Ofc they are the strongest there is absolutely no question on that

Japan surrendered to Nepal in WW2

How

23 Australia Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia has a very warm climate and is very dry. The country's official language is English.

We helped sending lots to war in Europe and shut off many things so our economy wouldn't collapse

Australia is a great country it should be top 10

Should be just under Canada

Australia should be in top 10

24 Czechoslovakia

Czechoslovakia was as many sources say the 10th strongest economy before the Munich pact in the world.

25 Czech Republic Czechia, officially the Czech Republic, is a nation state in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast.

They where better equipped than the Soviet and French armies and had better training, worst list

10th strongest Economy

In 1935 They Formed As Czechslovakia Its Stronger Than Nazi Germans

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