Top Ten Greatest Armies of World War II

The Top Ten
1 Germany

Basically pioneered modern warfare tactics, not only tank doctrine but also air force and infantry doctrine too. Had the best military leadership/officers and excelled at offensive operations, they killed 800,000 and wounded/captured millions more within 6 months of the campaign and reached Moscow. (No doubt if it had not been for the Russian winter they would have certainly reached Moscow and possibly won the war). Amazing tanks, well made small arms weapons, and anti-tank guns. Best scientists and engineers, had the best submarines, invented the jet engine and the cruise missile. Held out against the combined might of some of the worlds strongest militarys for 5+ years. They punched well above their weight don't forget the population of Germany was not that large compared to the combined populations of their enemys.

Patriotism plays a great part in most people's opinions, hence a lot of BS and bluster. The Germans in WW2 were the beginnings of modern warfare and most of the world was seriously trailing at the time. Everybody knows this but nobody wants to offend anyone. I know that it's hard to admit to and I understand that they were Nazis after all, but they were on point. Who had equipment like theirs? And before you start, most of the allies best equipment was designed in direct response to German hardware. Yes, they did have a problem with upgrading the Luftwaffe, and yes they did use cruise missiles against civilians in London before anybody knew what a cruise missile was, and I'm not denying that they were foolhardy enough to at Russia at that time/ at all etc etc...

But if they really were the bumbling fools and fanatics everybody claims them to be, why was WW2 so long? Why did so many stumble and fall against them before they were smashed by such a combined force?

Nazis ...more

Straight up had the most well trained army, the highest quality vehicles / tanks, and the best scientists. Even had a pretty strong navy even though it's never spoken of. Their two Bismarck class ships were the greatest in Europe, their submarines were the best, and the Luftwaffe was the first or second best airforce prior to the Battle of Britain. The only reason they lost was due to a lack of powerful and coordinated allies, declaring war on the US and Russia when unnecessary, and from a lack of resources. (I am aware that the Soviets may have attacked)

Germany should definitely be above America, as they shocked the world by defeating most of Western Europe, by using brand new modern tactics which had never been seen before. They had the best equipment on the field like the tiger tank, me 262 and introduced flecktarn Camo. The Germans were very skilled as they had the best tank and fighter aces during the war and had done various special operation missions which had to be admired. Equally the Germans fought a war on 2 fronts against the allies who had much more manpower and resources and despite this, they would of taken Moscow if It weren't for the weather and Hitlers strategic blunders. Equally all of Germany's European allies weren't very good as for example, during the battle of Stalingrad the Russians viewed the Romanian army defending the outskirts of Stalingrad the most vulnerable so they attacked and defeated them which caused the sixth army to become surrounded and be annihilated. Another example would be in the Balkans and ...more

2 United States

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 United States had the economic power to supply the allies from the beginning to the end (and yes, the US supported the allies before America got involved). The American military also had to fight a two front war in the Pacific and European theaters. Once America got involved, the odds turned in favor of the allies. Also, the American leadership was greatly influential for the way war was waged; particularly in the Pacific war.

This is ww2 mini story
Germany:haha no one can beat us not even the United Kingdom and soviet union and not even China haha who will stop me I have great allies like Japan and Italy
United States:Come and fight me Nazi Germany!
Germany:Good luck winning
And by the end of WW2(World war 2)United states and their allies beat Germany and their allies
Germany:Dang it how did United States defeat me?.I'm not sure but United States is strong country!
The end of the story
Sorry for mistake and other things and one more thing thanks for reading the mini story I made for you and have a nice,great,happy,day!

By the end of the war, they were the most advanced army of the entire war. They were a balanced force, having a powerful navy, air force, and a well trained army. Other countries are held back by weak navies or air forces, or maybe even slow mobility or a terrible ground force. But the United States is superior to these other nations, due to their ability to quickly adapt to any type of fighting.

3 Russia

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.

Annihilated the Germans, even though they were poorly led after the great purge and had technological disadvantages, and even after they lost most of the nation's industry while recovering.

as an Englishman I have to admit the Russian fought the brunt of the German forces and still reached Moscow before the French, British, Americans, and Canadians combined. After the Russians took Stalingrad it was over for the germans, in all actuality the Russians are the only reason we won the war.

Joseph Stalin trained his soldiers well under the five year plans and that proved to be effective when German soldiers lost the battle of Stalingrad and Lenningrad... the Soviets also had many soldiers than any other country

4 England

We actually made more ships than even the U.S. and were the only world power left(for two whole years) against the awesome might of Germany and all of Europe combined. Our factories were superb, that's what it's about in a modern war. The Vickers factories and others churned so many weapons and equipment like heavy bombers, fighters, tanks, artillery (we lost heaps before Dunkirk) and invasion equipment. We also supplied Russia with vital equipment and America with tactics, military intelligence and equipment like radar (saving them at midway).

By world war 2 England economy was in ruins because of the great depression, it tried hard to avoid war with Germany but it never worked...Hitler tried bombing London and using the Britzkrig(lightning war)but Britain never surrendered until Hitler gave up , this have Britain time to recover and counter attack...

I don't see how you can put this so low. The British Army put most of their efforts in, and they were led by the most heroic man of the 20th Century.

Well you see England has an Extremely powerful air force then as they Renee against German and barely got invaded so ...

5 Japan

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

Being able to fight a two front war as a mainly agricultural country is pretty powerful as that. They may not have very good weapons but they were relentless fighters that were almost able to hold out against the industrial power known as usa. If not for nuclear bombs the war may have gone on for few years.

Japan is one of thoes under rated countries of WW2. they hd a good air force and navy, good officers, amazing soldiers, and good factory workers that were able to make tons of stuff even with a not top of the line factory.

My Opinion is this country is same as Philippines power except its an empire if philippines made their own empire they would have the same strength as japan...just maybe.

6 Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It shares land borders with Sweden to the northwest, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east, with the Gulf of Bothnia to the west and the Gulf of Finland across Estonia to the south. Finland covers an area of 338,455 square kilometres (130,678 sq mi) with a population of 5.5 million. Helsinki is the capital and largest city, forming a larger metropolitan area with the neighbouring cities of Espoo, Kauniainen, and Vantaa. The vast majority of the population are ethnic Finns; Finnish, alongside Swedish, are the official languages. Finland's climate varies from humid continental in the south to the boreal ...read more.

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.

Could have defeated Russia if given some help...and beat the soundly! I believe that the Finn's could beat anybody in the world, even now!

Bruce, United States of America

Th fins had some real good soldiers and pilots. the fins during the winter war had about a 16 to 1 kill ratio with USSR fighters! and their soldiers and officers were masters of warfare.

7 Australia

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.

Let down by poor (english) leadership in Singapore. Everywhere else the Anzacs were the best.

8 Canada

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.

9 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard. Oslo is the capital of Norway. Norwegian is the official language of Norway.

Norway was able to make a amazing stand and raged one of the best
risastance movements of WW2.

10 Italy Italy, (Italian: Repubblica Italiana), is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe.

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.

The contribution of Italy to Western civilization is immense. Italy is the cradle of Etruscan civilization, the Roman Empire, the Holy See, the Maritime Republics, the Humanism and Renaissance. Along with Germany and France, it was part of the Holy Roman Empire (25 December 800 - 6 August 1806).

Existing as a unitary State since the Risorgimento (renaissance or resurrection) in 17 March 1861, Italy is a republic since the abolition of the Italian monarchy by referendu, in 1946. ...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.

The Contenders
11 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 the Atlantic Ocean. France spans 675,000 km2 (251,000 mi2) and has a total population of 67 million (data from 2017). ...read more.

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

They will win a war

12 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.

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).

Notable for their moving resistance to military occupation.

They are so so brave

13 Philippines The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. It is situated in the western Pacific Ocean and consists of around 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. ...read more.

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).

14 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.

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.

15 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a country in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of more than 1.4 billion. China spans five geographical time zones and borders 14 countries, the second most of any country in the world after Russia. Covering an area ...read more.

+ High Manpower .

- At War Earlier .

Plus they are the only reason why usa won their war between stalling more than one million jap troops and the lack of supplies they did pretty good .

Notable in their sacrifice, which was nearly as steep as Russia's, and they halted Japans advance. Their people are told they won the war nearly single handedly, this clearely did not happen, but they fought against all odds.

Republic of China has kill millions Japanese army, which forced Japanese empire to stop invasion of other countries effectively.

16 Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia is badass

17 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 of the European Union. Its capital and largest city, Bucharest, is the sixth-largest city in the EU, with 1,883,425 inhabitants as of 2011. Romania derives from the Latin romanus, meaning "citizen of Rome". The first known use of the appellation was attested in the 16th century by Italian humanists travelling in Transylvania, Moldavia, and Wallachia

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.

Major oil supplier

18 Independent State of Croatia
19 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. ...read more.

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

20 Czechoslovakia

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.

21 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. ...read more.

Very strong green-water navy, and good army.

22 Netherlands The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country located in north-western Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces, and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the ...read more.

They fought well

They were good

23 Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3,300,000 sq mi) and with over 214 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the sixth most populous. Its capital is Brasília, ...read more.

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.

24 Denmark Denmark is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It is the most populous and politically central constituent of the Kingdom of Denmark, a constitutionally unitary state that includes the autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the North Atlantic Ocean. European Denmark is the southernmost ...read more.
25 Singapore Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign island country and city-state in maritime Southeast Asia. It lies about one degree of latitude (137 kilometres or 85 miles) north of the equator, off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, bordering the Strait of Malacca to the west, ...read more.
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