Top Ten Most Powerful Countries In 1939

Which countries were the most powerful at the start of WW2?
The Top Ten
1 Nazi Germany

In WW2, Germany as filled with maniacs, they murdered innocent people for no reason. But their military was undoubtedly strong, they were fighting almost the entire world and doing pretty well, they could have possibly won if they hadn't re-routed the 6th panzer army early. They also launched the greatest ground invasion of all time with 8 million soldiers but they were eventualy defeated.

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.

The combination of propaganda and fear made the population willing to support the military strongly, and the research that Nazi Germany put into their Tank and Luftwaffe were impressive, keeping their military tech on the cutting- edge. If it were not for Operation Barbarossa, the Nazis would have won Wold War 2, changing the whole modern political landscape.

2 United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the ...read more.

The USA before WWII was overrated. The US that you think of, with the largest military funding in the world and a military superpower, came after WWII and in the Cold War with the Soviets. The US lacked population, and personnel, only having the advantage being on a separate continent, as well boosting morale and making production skyrocket, kicking the US into a world power. Without the US' economy, coming out of the Great Depression and FDR's leadership, they pulled ahead of the pack. The US got lucky when Germany invaded the USSR, crushing them from the East, and the US finally kicking into gear at the end of the war.

The USA not only contributed combatively, but mainly contributed with lend lease to all the Allies, most people that say "USA didn't do a lot, Soviet Union won it all." While they are correct to a point, the Soviet did most combatively, if the USA had not lend leased at all to any of the Allied powers, Axis could've won the war. That's why it's said that, "WW2 was won with British Courage, American Steel, and Russian Blood."

The united states of America was a key player in WW2, without it, most of the allied powers would have been undersupplied and the axis could have won. They were very organised and had an incredibly strong navy even though they did lose 300 ships against japan.

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 UK was still relatively powerful. It always maintained a small standing army, that was very professional and well equipped. The Royal Navy gave the British Empire the trump card as it was the largest and most powerful at the time. The airforce had great planes such as the Spitfire that helped win the Battle of Britain. Germany was more powerful, followed by the United States. The Soviet Union relied on a massive population and was not really sophisticated, man to man they were much less capable fighters than of Germany, Britain or the USA. Italy was a bit of a joke, France over rated, China was still developing, and Japan was a formidable force.

By the last 3 years of WW2 the Brits and Americans had hardened up and were much better quality troops than the Soviets. However, still not as good as the battle hardened and sophisticated Germans.

It's such a shame that Germany expended all that energy on the wrong course. If it took more noble way it could now conceivably ...more

The British empire had the strongest navy in the world for quite a while and were a key player in both the western and eastern front of the war.

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

In addition to the wealth and man-power of the Indian sub-continent, the United Kingdom had the military and economic strength of Canada, Australia and New Zealand at its side. Nations covering vast tracts of Africa and Asia also stood shoulder to shoulder with Britain and many other great powers were it's allies. With its international cultural domination in terms of science, sports, the arts and entertainment and with English itself being effectively the global lingua franca, The British Empire was truly a force to be reconned with.

4 Soviet Union

The soviet union had a crazy amount of flaws in its military. They were disorganised, they had 1 gun for every 5 men and they didn't have that great strategy. Their military was losing to a small country like Finland which is very funny and they would have lost to Germany if not supplied by USA as their leader, Stalin confirmed. But, what made them so powerful was shear numbers. They had the largest amount of tanks, artillery pieces and more of such things. They also had a crazy amount of manpower.

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 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.

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 had a decent army that went through china with almost no difficulty, their troops are every disciplined and well trained and can give any country a hard time fighting them. They had an ok airforce but what made them so powerful was their navy. In total, they sunk 300 ships of the US navy. They were eventualy defeated though.

Japan had one of the most powerful navies in the world, second only to the U.S. and Great Britain, giving it unparalleled force projection in the Eastern Hemisphere. Isoroku Yamamoto lost Midway through bad tactical judgement, crippling the IJN carrier force. If Yamamoto had engaged the U.S. with his full fleet and maintained air superiority, the lightly escorted U.S. carriers would have been picked off by the battleships Yamato and Nagato, and the U.S. navy would not have recovered.

. 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

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.

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

China should be in the 5th place, after GM,US,SU,GB. The national revolution army of the republic of China at 1939 is very equiped with german weapons. The army is much better than Japan's. However, Japan has a stronger navy. By the end of 1945, China is the 4th strongest, that's why China is one of the founders of the United Nations and one of the permenent member of the SC.

I think the biggest problem of China during WWII was its civil war,but it was still able to fight off Japan eventually with some help.

8 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

9 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 km²). 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.

When traveling abroad it's always good to come home.
All the different cultures living peacefully together. It is truly a great mix that is not perfect but for the better part works.

You can make a great life for yourself and family in Canada, that is being Canadian at it's best.

The landscape from coast to coast is awesome.

It is a world model.

Canada contributed hugely to the WW2 Allied effort both on land, where a sizeable percentage of the available population was sent to serve in Italy and D-Day, and as well as in sea, where they participated in organizing convoys, bringing supplies, bombardment of positions and naval battles.

10 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.

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.

Have you already heard Polish-Russo war? Then search it.

Definitely number 9.

The Contenders
11 Turkey

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

Turkey is ontinue of ottoman empire ofc they re so powerful still.

They are awesome

Turkey is big

12 Ottoman Empire
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.

Single handedly defeated the oncoming Japanese imperial army and also fought on the European front despite not having full control over the army.

India played a major role in the great war perhaps the greatest short of soviet union. West's freedom is certainly owned in great part to the contributions of Indian soldiers

Not sure how china is on top of India given that there was no china during ww2 and Chinese soldiers never fought in Asia or Europe while Indians took on both frontiers

India was not what it is today I.e. not an independent state. It was just a poor and underdeveloped british colony. Its military was directly under british. Everyone agrees that India is great today with a military much larger than the present british military whose part it used to be in ww2.

I have voted India because many volunteers came up helping British empire.britishers won against Japanese troops during ww2 was because of India.though India was not independent yet but around 4 to 5 million participated during ww2.And during African campaigns Indian volunteers had greater number of participators than us and british.

Though India was not given any credit for their sacrifices, it did play a very important role in ww2.

14 Switzerland
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.

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.

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

They faught well during the japanese invasion and the last southeast asian nation to fall...

18 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

19 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

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

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

They holded back Italy and slowed down the invaison of Russia. If Greece sis not exist, Russia would of been conquered. Thank you, Greece!

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

21 Yugoslavia

Only Nation that freed themselves from occupation.

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.

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 save butt of lot of European Army and back then we pretty powerful in compression to lot of other nation we got population back then that able keep japan occupied we Help in battle of Normandy. in battle of pacific we help us by giving them US base and also help them side by side in navel and land campaign we also help UK / French in Battle of French along side with US Australia should get a lot more credit then I t really does.

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

Easily in the 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

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