Most Powerful Countries of World War II

This list is based on both axis and allied forces .

Please add more if I missed something

The Top Ten Most Powerful Countries of World War II

1 Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. ...read more.

Although the biggest economy of the world at this point would probably go to america the Nazi german regime was clearly the strongest. The most militarised of the allied nation in France was obliterated with ease and the soviet union basically through their entire population at the german war machine. It is obvious to say that had the Germans not invaded the soviet union they would have won but a less likely thought is that had it not been for the resources and supplies that the soviets were given then the soviets would have crumbled completely. If germany had been less arrogant and invaded moscow with more troops then they would have won. THANK GOD THEY DIDN'T.
Rankings for most powerful countries in 1943.
1.Nazi Germany
2.British Empire
3.America
4.Soviet Union
5.Japan (4 and 5 are pretty interchangeable)
6.Italy

The Germans made the first operational jet, largest European battleship ever, first ballistic missile, first radio controlled bomb, the Gustav and Dora gun, etc. The Germans were only defeated because of their terrible allies, the fact that they were basically against the world, and because Hitler made poor military and social mistakes including the holocaust which wasted manpower and money. When it comes down to it Germany had better technology and training and the allies only had sheer number. The Germans took out the 5th largest military in 20 days (Poland) and killed well over triple their casualties. The Tiger tank took out 5 Sherman tanks for every Tiger. They probably had the top 3 tanks in the war. That is why I voted Germany for the top WWII country.

This country was the most powerful country in world war 1 and 2 as as in ww1 it alone was defeating the UK and France but when USA entered then Germany was defeated

Germany had quality and quantity. They were close to winning the war. The reason they lost was because of fuel! For example, the Panzer. It was absolutely nuts! And the Sturmgewehr 44 -- The first Assault Rifle. Germany had leaps and bounds on the other countries (military wise, not ideal wise)

2 United States of America 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.

Russia was incredibly disorganized, outgunned, and didn't have enough supplies to make any major push through Germany. The main reason they won the war in the North is because the Nazis had to allocate a lot of manpower to Paris, and to prepare a front by the British and Americans in Normandy. Russia also had to fight on two fronts, mainly against the Japanese and the Nazis. America fought on two fronts, while still supplying London, the majority of the Allies, and with two of their best commanders fighting in the Philippines, where the majority of Japanese assets were located. Once the Allies broke through Normandy's defenses, and made their march through Europe, the Nazis scrambled and tried to form a second defensive position just before Berlin. They pulled assets from the Northern fronts of Russia where both sides have suffered heavy losses, which allowed the Russians to finally force the Nazis to retreat. The Nazis were soon defeated, allowing Russia to attack Japan with America ...more

They were by far the most powerful and could've soloed (solod? ) Nazi. While it's true they didn't singe handedly save the world like they brag, they still were the most powerful. Sure, Nazi wouldn't have won even if USA didn't get involved, but it probably would've gone on for at least until 1950.
My list is
1.USA
2.USSR
3.Nazi/Britain (because nothing gets on Britain's land) - Unnamed Google User Remade

Honestly this was extremely hard to decide. But I have to say that America might not have had as many soldiers in Europe as Soviet but that's because they had to focus on Japan and still got extremely far in Europe (at least 1/3 of nazi land at farthest expansion) with only help from really Britain. Also better tech and nukes.

Completely beat Japan in the pacific, even when the japanese were there first, had the higher ground (By literally and also they knew the lay of land.) Also, the japanese fought with more barbarous deadly tactics. But Europe was for russians, and Japan was for americans - SoldierOfFortune

3 Soviet Union

Should be #1 they were in the war for almost the whole time and beat France US and Britain to Germany. I'm also an American saying this. Soviets did a lot of the work, but they missed part of the war. Britain took a huge beating through the whole war though, Canada took a bit of a beating as well.

If D-Day didn't happen it would have conquered almost whole Europe!

They took on Germany’s eastern front alone for the whole war, and completely destroyed them

They did most of the work against Nazi Germany. They were the ones who drove the Germans out of Eastern Europe, and their assistance was also pivotal in the USA's effort in taking down Japan. I think the USA just likes to take all the credit in defeating the Axis because of the Cold War, which I don't think is right. I once saw a video where they interviewed a group of Americans about WWII and almost no one knew about the Soviet war effort, and I cringed so hard. And I'm saying this as an American.

4 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is ...read more.

He means 4 physical years, 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942 as america didn't really do much in 42 because they were mobilizing.
Britain fought bravely and for the most part kept control of the sees other than small areas in the atlantic.
They also won the battle of britain and were the only democratic resistance in europe left after france fell.

Did most of the work, and held out the longest and technically speaking the only reason USA is sooo high up is because the Americans are told they basically did everything in WW2.

They managed to hold out against the most intimidating and powerful force on earth for about 4 years

Yes the British took the bulk of the beating in the beginning and fought honorably. But if the US would have only declared war on the Japanese and not the nazis, then Germany would have conquered all of Western Europe by the end of 1942...

5 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest. ...read more.

The Japanese had 3 million men against the Chinese and the Chinese had over 20 million. Took over Burma, Indonesia, New guinea, Most of the Pacific, most of the Chinese coast, threatened Australia, and even took some of Alaska! However, the naval fleet was no match for them Americans. Not to mention the Nukes that ended their fighting chances.

Strong for their tiny size - SoldierOfFortune

Complete maniacs in ww2 but they did well

Japan is da best

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

€Greeks don’t fight like heroes, heroes fight like Greeks”

7 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.

Notable for their refusal to roll over and die, they always fought the occupation, not the most powerful, but one of the most determined. - spartanparty

Strong in 1939, and the biggest underground army of partisans 400,000
Also fought both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union at the same time

Poland may have lost a couple of wars but they won back their country but now they are VERY strong

Poland for the win!

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, ...read more.

Canada ended the war as the 4th largest in the world.

Canada's good in military they have the best snipers in the world

They had a large contribution in most naval attacks

In ww1 they where the most feared country

9 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.

Actually India should be at number 4 because 80% of British troops were actually Indians. Indians also had unique tactics and tremendous strength. Had it not been for India, Britain might have lost the south Asian front

Love you india...proud to be indian

India didn't even exist back then. - Votebotingsucks

But India din't existed during word war II - ElSherlock

10 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.

Franco was there, so they couldn't participate

Wasn't even in WW2

Wasnt even in the war

The Newcomers

? Ottoman Empire

The Contenders

11 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1.388 billion. It was established in 1949 by Chairman Mao, the president of the communist party. Its capital is Beijing. The major cities are Shanghai, ...read more.

Notable for their losses... of 20 million men. They also kinda halted the Japanese advance in China. - spartanparty

During the battle with Japanese dickheads China had pinned 90% Japanese infantry, 50% airforce and 20% Japanese navy with most of them being captured or eliminated! Despite a colossal number of casualties of 20 million composing of mostly civilians and soldiers, the most populated country has never given up on fighting against Japanese. With large disparity between the production levels and quality of the weapons, on average, the death of 3 Chinese soldiers could exchange one death of Japanese solider, massive respect

It was still the real China, the republic of China by that time. So the flag is wrong. The ROC National revolution army at that time uses German military equipments, its ranking should be much higher. At least higher than Japan.

China took hold of more than 50% of the Japanese troops for 14 years

12 Vatican City Vatican City, officially Vatican City State or the State of Vatican City, is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. It is the smallest nation on Earth, and is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

Vatican City, officially Vatican City State or the State of Vatican City, is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. And they never got annexed by Italy.

They had 1 billion manpower and wiped out Italy in an hour. They conquered earth after the invasion of Italy. - TeamRocket747

No questions asked

13 Fiji Fiji, officially the Republic of Fiji, is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles northeast of New Zealand's North Island.

Nae nae'd Japan and then went on to fight a duel front war between the US and the USSR. They won of course

Did nothing

14 Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. ...read more.

Weakest major participant of WW2. Germany did all the fighting for them. Couldn't even take on the lone British alone. Even Greece was beating them by themselves until the Germans came to help Italy. The only country Italy took by itself was Albania, which virtually had No military, same with Ethiopia at the time.

15 Netherlands

They managed to fight on two fronts

They managed to push back the NAZIS 2 times.

16 Belgium Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. A small and densely populated country, it covers an area of 30,528 square kilometers (11,787 square miles) and has a population of more than 11 million.
17 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.

Well, at least we tried. We only had like 6-7 million back then

Haha, no, we were hopeless - BrianScott01

They did their best - Vincent_Caldwell

They lost

18 San Marino San Marino, officially the Republic of San Marino, also known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, is an enclaved microstate surrounded by Italy, situated on the Italian Peninsula on the northeastern side of the Apennine Mountains.

They did nothing.

19 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.

Dumbass Japan missed a lot of Islands but we got raped by naval attacks.

20 Malta Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta, is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea.
21 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to ...read more.

France was more powerful than Nazi Germany, they only lost due to incompetence in their leadership.

France was able to stand up to a combined Nazi Germany and Italy for almost a week.

They were taken over!

France has been occupied during about 4 years, thanks to the allies US, UK.., General De Gaulle, the great famous General Delatre deTassigny who le the Armistice Army against Vichy (Pétain).

22 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.

very nice

Oil

23 Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region.

I little help in important wars in Italy 1943-45

24 Czechoslovakia
25 Mexico Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic located in North America. The country is located between the U.S. and Central America, and is known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, and jungles.

Mexico participated with their aerial forces

26 Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a sovereign state in Europe. It has a capital of Helsinki and got independence from the Soviet Union after WWI.
27 Luxembourg
28 Yugoslavia

It was one of the strongest country in Europe. Remove kebab.

29 Armenia Armenia is a country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located in Western Asia on the Armenian Highlands, it is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the de facto independent Republic of Artsakh and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and Azerbaijan's exclave of Nakhchivan to the ...read more.

yes

30 Turkey Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, ...read more.
31 Ireland Formed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.

Ireland was one of the most powerful countries during WW2 by letting the UK use their air space, and that was a big threat as they didn't know whether they could surprisingly invade them. This shows great strength by,egging them use this as it shows no fear!

32 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.
33 Ethiopia Ethiopia, officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a sovereign state located in the Horn of Africa.
34 Hungary Hungary is a sovereign state in Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, Slovenia to the west, Austria to the northwest, and Ukraine to the northeast.
35 Thailand Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Mainland Southeast Asia.

It sucks and surrender to the japan without a fight! What a useless axis nation in ww2!

36 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard.

Not a superpower, but Norway stood up to the German invasion longer than France did.

37 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. ...read more.

New Zealand Was a Very Small Nation Is The South Pacific But They Managed To Produce the Most Dangerous Tank Every Made...The Bob Semple Which Was So Strong it Could One Shot a Panzer and A Tiger. overall New Zealand was a Small But Smart Country which Could stand And Support British Colonies Like in Africa and With Aussie Support They Defended The Sues Canal And Took Japanese islands In the Pacific!

They weren't the most advanced but they were very strategic and since they were so small no one thought they would be a big threat so they left New Zealand.

38 South Africa South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is the southernmost sovereign state in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometers of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana ...read more.
39 Nepal Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a sovereign state located in South Asia. ...read more.
40 Morocco
41 Iceland Iceland, also called the Republic of Iceland, is a Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean.
42 Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second highest peak (K-2) and ninth highest peak (Nanga Parbat) are ...read more.

I don't think Pakistan was a country at that time. They were a part of India before 1947. - zxm

43 Austria Austria was Celtic (Hallstadt) then as Noricum, part of the Roman Empire, Alaric, who took over Rome, studied at a monastery near Vienna. In the Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Emperors moved to Vienna, then Austria became separate. Medieval documents from Eastern Europe as far as West Ukraine were often ...read more.
44 Russia Russia, known as the "Russian Federation", was formed on Dec 25, 1991. It is located mainly in Asia, while a portion of it remains in Europe. The capital and largest city is Moscow, followed by Saint Petersburg in terms of population. The country primarily speaks Russian, a Slavic language. ...read more.

Lmao, Why is the Soviet Union and Russia in this list, Russia didn't exist yet.

Should be higher. Germany invaded Russia, but then Russia got it's land back!

45 Iran Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a sovereign state in Western Asia. The capital city is Teheran and the major city is also Tehran. The country's official language is Persian. ...read more.
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