Top Ten Most Powerful Countries In 1939

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

The Top Ten

1 Nazi Germany

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. - JamesNicholls

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

Nazi Germany had many racist and bad laws...but however, they remained a thriving world power entering World War II. The Nazis had kicked Soviets off modern Europe and they also attacked Ethiopia. They had naval control through U-Boats, which dominated the Atlantic and made many naval victories possible for the Nazis. They also had aerial control by their air forces, one of which is the infamous Luftwaffe. There is a fact that the Nazis would have conquered the Soviet Union and the world is USA hadn't joined in when the Japanese Empire mistakenly attacked Pearl Harbor- thinking US as an easy target. USA then joined Britain, which was in bad shape and losing money, resources, and people to the German Luftwaffe, and joined up with the Soviet Union, whose good luck, winter, was driving the Nazis back from their important cities. Nazi Germany had hordes of advanced technology, and made missiles, and would have gained control over the atomic bomb. -Anonymous

I love Nazi. Bad that they executed millions of jews but of course less or more it had a reason. Hitler was the only one who controlled everything. Think about how genius and powerful this guy was. I wish he was alive. It would be a massive honour to meet him.

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2 United States

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. - JamesNicholls

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.

Lets face it without the united states the allies would have probably lost world war 2 Nazi Germany took over most of europe and they were the ones that invaded normandy in operation overlord and liberated most of europe

The United States had the number one economy, meaning they can mass produce more than Germany or Japan ever could.

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3 British Empire

The British Empire wasn't quite as large as it was following the First World War, Canada and much of Ireland became independent by 1939. Nonetheless the British Empire still held a considerable bulk of the world population and land area. - JamesNicholls

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.

The British Empire not only had the military of the United Kingdom, but also the massive industrial and military power of India behind it.

Brithish r bent

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4 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. - JamesNicholls

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. - Turkeyasylum

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

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5 Soviet Union

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.

There is no reason for Britain to be above the Soviet Union. The Soviet's numbers and production of cheap weaponry allowed them to push back Germany and end the European theatre.

The red army in the early 40s was exceeding 11 million

Soviet union is the most powerful communist country in 1917-1991 Soviet Union is most largest country

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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. - JamesNicholls

Considered the strongest military in Europe 1939

7 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. - JamesNicholls

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

8 China

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

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. - JamesNicholls

They had a ton of people

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.

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9 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

Mustafa kamel is the destroyer of turkey empire, he is stupid!

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10 Poland 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 .

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.

They were making awesome weapons like Vis 35 or KBKSP 38 Mors

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12 India 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.

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

They fought back the Japanese

India's obey

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.

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13 Canada 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 (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, Alberta, ...read more.

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.

2nd biggest navy by the end of ww1. Not a world power but should have been in the top 10. Not a huge military in ww2 but a rich country that had top technology and the industry and know how to help Britain which it did to a greater extent that any other country. ( yes Americans even more than you! You cowards entered the war only at the end ). Not the tough guy America is today.

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.

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14 Philippines 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.

This is my Country but too Weak

Philippines is great after Marcos

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15 Netherlands 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.

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16 Greece 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

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17 Romania 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

18 Greater Nepal
19 Yugoslavia

Only Nation that freed themselves from occupation.

20 Bulgaria 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. V 1 Comment
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