The top army of WWII would no doubt have to be awarded to the Germans.  Coming into WWII, the Germans had already begun using their industrialization to turn out large numbers of modernized pieces of equipment for their military.  They also had the foresight to begin preparations for the upcoming war far earlier than other countries.  Their production permitted them the opportunity to begin training their military in the newly designed tanks, artillery and aircraft. This put the Germans way ahead of the opposition.

 

German Forces

Military leadership from WWI continued to be a stronghold for the German army due to the professionalism of the officers and their excellent training.  Germany’s enlisted totaled close to 8 million at its peak.  And from 1939-41, no army in history has attained greater victories than the Germans including the 1940 German victory over France and the summer of 1941 when German forces took Russian POWs - the largest number of POWs ever captured.

 

Germany’s Decline

The impressive leadership and tactics of the German army often leave people wondering how Germany lost the war.  Many speculate that – despite Hitler’s wielding force – the army took on too much, too soon.  Had they not become overstretched, they may have been able to maintain a hold over most of Europe.  Hitler also prevented his generals from making sound tactical decisions which would have served to preserve their troops.  By the end of the war, despite the German army’s continued rigorous fighting, they were no longer superior in training, equipment or leadership.

 

By the closing days of the war, the Allies met little resistance as they marched through Germany.  As US and British troops moved in, thousands of German forces were moving away.  On May 7, 1945, the German High Command unconditionally surrendered all its forces.  The following day, the war in Europe came to a close and Germany, despite being the top army in WWII, lay in ruins and at the mercy of the Allies.