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Strength, Organization, Orders of Battle, Weapons, Equipment of WW2 Armies.


A description of the strength, organization, orders of battle, weapons and equipment of the armies and armed forces of the involved nations for different periods of WW2.

Polish soldiers at a pre-war torchlit review.
Strength, organization, equipment and deployment of the army divisions, tank inventory, Air Force and Navy of Poland in September 1939.
German Panzer Division after the first border fights in Poland
Orders of Battle, strength of the Army divisions and tank inventory of the Wehrmacht at time of campaign in Poland.
Japanese patrol on Guam
Strength and organization of the Imperial Army. The Japanese Army in the time of victories in the Pacific War from
Ju 87B dive-bomber
Strength and aircraft of the Luftflotten on the day after Germany invaded Poland and before the declaration of war by
French soldiers moving a heavy artillery gun
Strength, organization, equipment and divisions of the French Army and aircraft of the l'Army de l'Air in September 1939. France
CinC Luftwaffe Hermann Göring
The German Air Force 'Luftwaffe' of the Second World War. The victorious years until 1942 (Part I): Blitzkrieg in Poland
successful knock-out
The German military performance on the Russian Front during the Second World War. Part IV of the analysis of fighting
Grenadiers of 2 SS diviision 'Das Reich'
Order of Battle Waffen-SS divisions 1 - 3 (LAH, Reich, Totenkopf) Between early 1943 and until the end of World
Czech soldier on exercise in Britain
Czechoslovak Exil Forces 1939 to 1945 during the Second World War. History, strength, organization and air force. Before 1938, the
Polish troops march through an English town during the summer of 1940
The Polish Armed Forces in Exile 1939-1945. Army units and equipment in France and Britain 1940, Air Force and Navy.
Japanese soldiers crossing a pontoon bridge in China
Strength and organization of the Imperial Army and Air Force 1939 and 1940, before the Japanese entry in the Second
Japanese battlecruiser Kirishima
Strength and organization of the Imperial Japanese Navy in December 1941 at the Pearl Harbor raid. Ships of the Combined
German Paratroopers during the air landings in Holland
German Air Force (Luftwaffe) and Airborne Forces for the campaign in the West (May 1940) and Norway. Here to German
Himmler and Hitler walking in front of a SS honour guard company.
The Waffen-SS - origin, formation, war crimes, combat performance and strength of Hitler's elite fighters of the Third Reich 1933
MiG-3 fighters over Leningrad
Soviet Red Air Force and Red Navy in the first years of the war 1941 to 1942. Organization, aircraft and
A Panzer I leads Panzer 38(t)
German Orders of Battle for the campaign in the West, 10 May 1940. Deployment, army groups, armies, corps, divisions, organization
7.5cm AT gun of 12 SS 'Hitlerjugend' in Normandy
Order of Battle Waffen-SS divisions 7 (Prinz Eugen) - 12 (Hitlerjugend) The Waffen-SS divisions from this and the previous page
Pocket-battleship 'Admiral Graf Spee'
German Kriegsmarine (Navy) at the beginning of the Second World War in September 1939. Ship classes and warships, organization. Here
Russian infantry with BT-7 tank
Strength and organization of the Russian Armed Forces in 1939. Divisions, equipment, armored fighting vehicles and Red Army Order of
Polikarpov I-16 Rata
Soviet Air Force in 1939. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s the Soviet Government made enormous efforts to build up a

German military parade
Adolf Hitler at a military parade for the reintroduction of the military service.
On 1 September 1939 the armed forces of Nazi Germany began WW2 by invading Poland. With the notable exception of the German Wehrmacht, the organization and many weapons of the armed forces which fought the early campaigns was dominated by the memories of World War I and this was also the case in the design of uniforms. Not before the end of WW2, organization, uniform, equipment and weapons had often acquired a very modern look, as we knew it until today.

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