Top Ten Greatest Armies of World War II
No matter in terms of equipment, personnel quality, command level, military thinking, and record, the German army is the leader. Even Germany's navy, which is weak compared to the great powers, has made Britain and the United States miserable. As for the air force and army, they are invincible all over Europe. Under symmetrical conditions, the German army remained undefeated in almost all battles (under asymmetrical conditions, it was not easy to fight like that in the later stage, facing the two sides of the East and West lines. It was famous all over the world in the North African battlefield, even though it was defeated. Rong - in North Africa, the Germans never really had an advantage) and lost only one battle at Stalingrad. The tactical thinking of its blitzkrieg is far ahead of other countries, and the low-altitude cooperation between its frontline troops is perfect, even the later US and Soviet troops did not reach such a tacit level.
The United States, which has the strongest comprehensive national strength, ranks second in its military entirely because of its strong technology and support capabilities. The degree of standardization and support of the three armed forces are the best among the countries participating in the war. This has greatly made up for the lack of other aspects such as the quality of US military personnel, making the US military the most powerful army after the war.
The US is on every ones mind as number 1, but they are not, though they are in the top 3 or 5. there elite forces like rangers, marines, marine raiders, and airborne were some of the best in the world BUT other land forces that were normally trained were not as good, and their best officers were too cautious or to aggressive. but the air force and navy were the best, with top of the line ships, planes, tactics, and crew. and their home front was rad. all together, they are probably might be number 1, but I would say number 2 behind Germany.
The reason for ranking the Soviet Army behind the U.S. Army is very simple, that is, the Soviet Army has obvious disadvantages in the navy, and its naval tactical thinking is not very clever. In other respects, the quality of soldiers of the Soviet Army was also inferior to that of the U.S. Army, especially in terms of respect for European civilians and military discipline.
Russia had so many factories beyond the Urals, it produced so many brand new tanks to fight the German forces, as well as mustering so many men, and surviving in Leningrad for so long. Which allowed Russia to hold out, and push the Germans back.Just pushing the Germans back to Berlin in under 3 years, It is said that when Russia began to push back, it was over for the Germans.
The USSR ( not russia! ) was one of the best powers of WW2 and after, but they still kind of suck. they would be in the top 5 but they were kind of cheap. they just did tank and human waves to tackle enemy defenses and their air force did not stand a chance until the German's air force was basically done thanks to the other allies. they had plenty of good sides though. their officers were some of the best comparable to German officers and their factories were good too.
The record of the British army in Europe can only be described as makeshift. Although its equipment level is better than that of the Japanese and Soviet armies, it is slightly inferior to that of the US and German armies. Although its naval fighters are more outstanding, given its advantages over Germany and Italy, the gold content of this record is lower than the head-to-head confrontation between Japan and the US Navy. . Moreover, its navy was at a disadvantage in the confrontation with the Japanese army in the Pacific. Combining its equipment level, fighting will and record, only the Air Force's Battle of Britain can do it. Ranking 5 is not bad.
England, fought fiercely, Bravely, and eventually came on top, the English were bombed to literal nothing, and the English fought back, and the Germans just bombed London, Not to mention there successful campaigns in Asia, and Africa.
The strength of the Japanese army, navy and air force is relatively balanced, but there is a clear gap with the United States and the Soviet Union. In addition to equipment factors, the old tactical thinking was fatal (this was also a common problem of Asian armies at the time), which made the Japanese army feel lagging behind when confronting European and American armies. In 1939, Nuomen Khan, the most elite and domineering Kwantung Army was smashed by Zhukov's Soviet tanks. In 1945, the Soviet army's iron flow swept across the Northeast; The Japanese can do it. Even the well-performing navy still holds the outdated belief in large ships and cannons. Although there are generals like Yamamoto Isuo who value naval aviation, in general, the Japanese navy is lacklustre in the use of aircraft carriers and submarines.
Japan is one of the most underrated countries in ww2, it may not had well experienced soldiers, but most of them were patriotic and we're fighting to the death, even if they were captured they were killing themselves rather being taken as prisoners...Most historians even believe that world war 2 started in the 1930's after Japan invaded China in the Sino Japanese war... As an agricultural country it was fighting a two front war with China and the United States... The soldiers were even willing to die to protect their motherland.
Japan was even the last country to surrender... but it ven after the Tokyo bombings, Hiroshima bombing and Nagasaki bombing, most soldier's were saying that the war should continue but the Emperor refused
Even after 20 years some Japanese holdouts were found... just read the story of Hiroo onoda ... the Japanese soldier who spent almost 30 years in the jungle since he never knew the war ended... the most patriotic soldiers ever
In 1939, Russia invaded Finland to take land. The Fins were not happy about this. But one fin In Particular gave the Russians nightmares. Simo Hayha, or more commonly known as "The White Death" is known as one of the Greatest Snipers in the world. Hayha has a estimated kill count of 505 Russians. More than horror movie villains like Michael Myers's, Jason Vorehes, Chucky and Freddy Kruger. And he was armed with a Iron Sight rifle because he saw that snipers with scopes were given away by the reflection of light on glass scopes. He is one of my favorite war heroes, because Hayha said he just did it because he wanted to protect Finland. Finland would lose the war but Hayha showed the Russians that you never underestimate a 5'3 man who's Finnish.
No matter what they did not retreat an inch and their army is a fine example of perfect strategy and braveness. Also the Russians decided to rush with partizans instead of using actual strategy so that could be another possibility.
AUssies were some of the best fighting men on the allie's side. they fought bravely vs japenese, italians, and Germans. and their factories were real good. they were able to get a amazing tank armed with a 17 pounder gun while at the time other tanks were considered good with 6 pounders and their SMG was good too. and their air force fighters could compete when facing zeros at the time when the US was equipped with wildcats.
Erwin Rommel himself, the desert fox congratulated the efficiency of the Australian military. However, I will admit they lacked in numbers and so should probably be at least lower than Canada.
I think the Australian New Zealand Army Corps were a good military because of there spirit to not give up in the pacific and they had the most affect on Japan.
Canada was vital in the Battle of Britain producing planes (spit fires) and not to mention they were the reason why d day was a success.. talking about dieppe. They had 4th largest airforce and I think 3rd or 4th largest navy. They also produce tanks. Although they didn't really fight against japan. They sent some solders I think Burma. But the only battle I know against japan was Hong Kong land battle. They did send ships to help usa so that counts.
Canada is a under rated country with good factorys, were able to make amazing ram tanks which were as multi role as the sherman and they were amazing soldiers and pilots. their navy crew members help very much transporting goods across the deadly Atlantic.
Canada was one of the first nations to declare war on Nazi Germany. also,the M1 Garand was designed by John C. Garand, a CANADIAN-born employee of the U.S. government's Springfield Armory.
Strictly speaking, these troops are counted in the ranks of the British army. Since they have no base areas of their own, they are completely dependent troops. This seriously affects their strength...
Norway was able to make a amazing stand and raged one of the best
risastance movements of WW2.
Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2. With almost 62 million inhabitants, it is the 3rd most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City. The Capital and largest city is Rome. Other major cities are Milano, Naples, Turino, Venice, Florence. Italy's official language is Italian. ...read more.
Apparently Norway is stronger than Italy, which is ridiculous. Italy may have been the weakest of the 7 Great Powers of the time, but it was still powerful: it annihilated the Ethiopians (and did somewhat OK in Africa). Probably the reason why everybody hates on Italy would be the war in Greece. There, however, they were facing Greek units with high morale and had to deal with hampering terrain with lots of mountains. It also had the 5th-strongest navy in the world, which quickly became 4rd once France fell. The UK obviously put a lot of effort into its navy, as did Japan. The US at the start of the war had some modern ships, but about half of its navy was from the early inter-war and was outdated. France just existed, but its industry was good and it built quite a few ships. Italy is a very close 5th, behind the US and France.
France had a stronger military than Germany at the start of the war, with better tanks, better planes, a better (larger, too, but much of it in it colonies) army, and a far superior navy. However, its generals were idiots and the country's leaders and high command actually hurt the country more than helped. If France did not blunder away its capital and much of its land and surrender, it may have won the war. France's faults were that it didn't utilize its armored divisions effectively, and of course, that it surrendered. Of course, there was an incident where Japan thrashed the French in their Vietnamese colony, but that was minor.
Yes, they surrendered, but the people of France fought back, and one of the most badass nations in history stood strong against oppression (De Gaulle was horrible though)
Did well. And had best army in Europe
Way under appreciated l. They had probably one of the only Rosa stance groups that had a major impact, along with the USSR and maybe Poland. (Sorry maquis lovers but the French resistance did not make much of a impact because a lot of the population was pro German until 1943 with the introduction of forced labor there)
Held a steady hand against the Japanese early on, population got screwed almost as much as China did by the Japanese, and eventually hit back hard against Tojo just like how the Poles did against the Germans over the war (rebellions and guerilla fighting like it was Vietnam).
The Philippines, fought bravely with US support, MacArthur's liberation of the Philippines was legendary.
Poland is the key to WWII, it started there, took almost 6 million lives of Polish citizens, Polish troops fought everywhere it was possible with both Nazis and Soviets, at the same time.
Poles fought fiercely after the fall of their motherland. They fought within their territories, in the USSR, in the UK and France, decoded Enigma, invented the Mine detector
Only one nation in Europe fighting on both fronts Western and Eastern against The Third German Reich (plus Africa).
India, India, Indian soldiers helped the British in Asia, Egypt, the middle east, so many places, I was considering of putting India higher on the list.
India gave 2 million volunteers solders, although most or some were not well trained india solders we're not one of worst and best soldiers the British empire had. Why Singapore all though india did a huge effort in the allied front but then again solders were not well trained due to japan invading Burma etc
It should be in top 5 because 70% of the British army had indian soldiers. Their sheer determination, skill,courage, strength was all that the allies needed to win the Asian front.
The sixth place of the Chinese Communist Party is entirely due to the national army, which ranks 7th. It is mainly because the CCP can achieve such a record under such poor equipment conditions, which is impressive. Some statistical studies have concluded that the CCP's combat power is almost three times that of the national army. Assuming that the equipment of the Eighth Route Army reaches the level of the second-line troops of the Central Army, the CCP can achieve greater results than it is now. Assuming that the equipment of the Eighth Route Army has reached the level of the Japanese army, he can completely push Japan out of China on the frontal battlefield. Assuming that the equipment of the Eighth Route Army has reached the level of the German army... But it cannot be assumed that the Chinese Communist Army can only be ranked at this level due to the equipment level and the environment.
Yugoslavia, The Yugoslavians, fought bravely, and when the Germans retreated, the Soviets and Yugoslavians obliterated the Italians and Germans together.
Yugoslavia is badass
The Romanian Armies fought well and they had some of the best tanks and the best rifles and smg's of the WW2. Also,they had the best generals and very skilled troops.
If the Tate brothers were alive then all the country's would be destroyed
Major oil supplier
Fought with aussies and commonwealth solders where the mother goes from heats of africa, to the fields of europe, to the jungles of Burma and Malaysia. Of course they didn't have good tanks but are good fighters for manpower and are the best island they fought in ww2.. probably number 3 because Japan and uk
They fought well
They were good
Very strong green-water navy, and good army.
Was vital in fighting uboats, they mostly escorted shipments like canada but they were also vital in protecting the caribbean because most navies were being stretched. They also fought in Italy.
If they didn't lose their entire system of fortifications when Germany annexed the Sudetenland and collapsed the First Czechoslovak Republic, the Czechoslovaks would have put up a good fight. They had a very modern army and the aforementioned fortifications.
Belgian army held back a german army for 18 days, a german army aimed and strong enough to capture the whole of Western Europe.