United States

US Army

The United States Army is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for land based military operations. It is the largest and oldest established branch of the U.S. military. The Army has its roots in the Continental Army which was formed on June 14, 1775, before the establishment of the United States, to meet the demands of the Revolutionary War. The Army has fought in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm & Shield and numerous other wars. The Regular Army has a strength of about 549,015, the Army National Guard about 358,391 and the United States Army Reserve about 205,297.

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United Kingdom

UK Army

The British Army is the land warfare branch of British Armed Forces of the United Kingdom. It came into being with the unification of the Kingdom of England and Scotland into the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. The full time part of the British Army is called the Regular Army as opposed to the reserve Territorial Force. The British Army has fought in innumerable wars all around the world. From the Revolutionary War to the Boar War to WWI & WWII to Korea and Afghanistan. All members of the Army swear allegiance to the monarch, but the Bill of Rights of 1689 requires Parliamentary consent for the Crown to maintain a standing army in peacetime. So Parliament has to approve the continued existence of the Army each year. The British Army consists of 109,520 Regulars and 33,100 Territorials plus 121,800 Regular Reserves. The army is currently reducing their forces to meet a requirement of only 84,000 troops by 2020.

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German Empire

Imperial Army

At the beginning of WWI the German army had 50 active divisions and 48 in reserve. By 1918 the number of divisions had risen to a total of 251. The First World War German Army was actually made up of the armies of the kingdoms of Bavaria, Prussia, Saxony and Württemberg. In wartime the Kaiser became the commander-in-chief of all the armed forces

Germany WWI

Nazi Germany


The German Army (Heer) was the land forces component of the German armed forces from 1935 to 1945. During WWII about 15 million soldiers served in the German Army and about 7 million became casualties. The army quickly expanded when Hitler came to power. By the begging of WWII they had 78 divisions. While it expanded it also developed concepts pioneered during WWI including combined arms teams, encirclements and air - army cooperation. This led to the Blitzkrieg concept and was a major contribution to their initial victories. While the army was most well known for its panzer and motorized division they represented only about 20% of the total force. The WWII German army was generally considered to be the best fighting force, man for man, of the war. The soldiers were very professional and well trained, aggressive in attack and stubborn in defense. The army ended the war with 375 divisions.

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Soviet Union

Red Army

When Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941 the Red Army's ground forces had 303 divisions and 22 separate brigades (4.8 million soldiers). In the first weeks the Wehrmacht defeated most Red Army units and they lost millions of men as prisoners and most of their pre-war materiel. In spite of these massive losses, by August 1941 the Red Army's strength was at 401 divisions. During WWII the Red Army conscripted 29,574,900 men in addition to the 4,826,907 in service at the beginning of the war for a total of 34,401,807. It lost 6,329,600 KIA, 555,400 to disease and 4,559,000 MIA (most captured) for a total of 11,444,000 losses. In the later stages of the war the Red Army fielded some excellent weaponry, especially artillery and tanks. This and the ever increasing number of troops allowed them to push the Nazi's back on all fronts until the Red Army arrived in Berlin.



Polish Army

When Poland regained independence in 1918 it immediately created an army. By 1919 it had a total of about 30 divisions with about 100,000 troops. By 1920 during the Polish - Soviet war the army expanded to about 737,767 troops.

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New Zealand

New Zealand Army

The New Zealand Army is the land component of the New Zealand Defense Force and consists of about 4,500 Regular Force troops, 2,000 Territorial Force troops and 500 civilians. It is a descendant of the settler militia raised in 1845. Troops from New Zealand fought with distinction in the Second Boer War, WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Borneo Confrontation, the Vietnam War, the First Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan along with several UN peacekeeping missions. In 1961 the New Zealand Division was disbanded and since then the force has been continuously reduced to it's present strength of one brigade.


Japanese Empire

Imperial Japanese Army

The Imperial Japanese Army was the ground combat arm of the Empire of Japan from 1871 to 1945. The IJA's first foreign combat was during the Taiwan Expedition in 1874. The First Sino-Japanese War began in 1894 and was followed by the Boxer Rebellion in 1899. The Russo-Japanese War began in 1904 and while the Japanese inflicted severe losses on the Russians, their over reliance on infantry led to large casualties. The Empire of Japan entered WWI the Entente side.  In 1918 Japan sent 24,000 troops to join with the American Expeditionary Force in Siberia to support the White government. Beginning in 1931 Japan began attacks on China. There were also a series of border wars with the Soviet Union from 1931 to 1941. During the early stages of WWII the IJA fought well against mostly inferior forces in the Philippines, Thailand, Burma, Dutch East Indies and Malaya. However by 1943 shortages of supplies food, medicine, munitions and armaments eroded their effectiveness to the point the about two thirds of Japan's total military deaths resulted from illness or starvation. During WWII the IJA had a well deserved reputation for fanaticism and brutality with the Nanking Massacre and the Bataan Death March being the most famous examples. They also routinely refused to surrender, preferring suicide or hopeless attacks to surrender. Only about 20,000 surrendered during the entire war. On August 15, 1945 the IJA was ordered to surrender by the Emperor. There are well documented cases of Imperial Japanese Army soldiers continuing to fight until 1974. By 1945 the Japanese fielded 5 million troops in 145 divisions and had suffered 2,566,000 dead and 810,000 missing.

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Armée de terre

Dating back to the 15th century, the French Army is the land based component of the French Armed Forces. Fighting in innumerable wars the rise of the French army paralleled the rise of the French state. Beginning under Charles VII in the 1420s the Kings of France began raising permanent reliable troops. Between 1684 and 1701 there was a major reorganization of the French infantry which created many of the modern regiments of the French Army and standardized their equipment and tactics. The French revolution in 1792 split and demoralized the army rendering it mostly ineffective. Nonetheless, the French Revolutionary Army continued to fight against various European powers who aimed to destroy France and eventually drove them out. Under Napoleon I the French Army was professionalized and conquered most of Europe during the Napoleonic Wars. During WWI France was part of the Allies and fought a bloody war of attrition on the Western Front. At the start of WWII the Army deployed 2,240,000 combatants grouped into 94 divisions from the Swiss border to the North Sea. There were also 600,000 men dispersed through the French Empire. After the Fall Of France in 1940 the Vichy regime was allowed to keep 120,000 troops in unoccupied France and 220,000 in Africa. After the Liberation of France the army was gradually restored and reequipped. Today the French Army has about 111,000 troops.


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