Top Ten Most Powerful Countries In 1939

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

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.

-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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

The Brits still held the entirety of their empire, Canadians, Australians, South Africans and New Zealanders were independent but but still shared the King as head of state. Most do today. The Gurkhas actually took worse casualties then the Japanese the real fighters were the Special Air Service regiments of all parts of the empire as well as the Chindits and Australian regular army who achieved the first defeat of the Germans at Tobruk and the first defeat of the Japanese at Milne bay not to mention heavily supported the British crush the Italians in North Africa. Also I think Bauhaus is a Nazi because he calls himself Bauhaus.

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

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

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

We won Pearl harbour and Crushed China. IF we won Midway, we would of won the entire war. I'm american but the Japanese Almost won ww2

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.

Considered the strongest military in Europe 1939

7 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.

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 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, 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.

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.

9 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.

the Italian navy could easely destroy the british mediteranian. it also had a lot of potential

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

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 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.

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

The Contenders
11 Turkey

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

Mustafa Kemal was the best leader in the world

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

They have lot of Brave and succesful Commanders

12 Ottoman Empire

The ottoman empire is the best

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. 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

Well I mean they were never invaded

15 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. 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.

"Philippines is great after Marcos". yeah our economy became weak after marcos then u say that the philippines is now great without him. we were the second largest economy during marcos's regime

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

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 more.

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 IS THE BEST,we litteraly just beated nations stronger then us,like the ottomans and poles,thought being outnumbered,we outsmarted them,but in ww2 we werent that good as we were involved in the stalingrad battle,witch was a loss,but romanians realised they were getting conquere,so before being conquered they switched sides.

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.

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

It fought bravely

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 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!

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

The Gurkhas were the Bravest soldiers

Japan surrendered to Nepal in WW2

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

We had heaps of great soilders and did a helluva lot more than some countries in front of us

Australia is a great country it should be 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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