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Wars The Most Powerful Nations in 1939  

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List Rules Militaries, not economics, are what we are voting on

The hardest list to compile, because each of the militaries had different objectives and different strengths and weaknesses. Having said this, we will attempt to "power rank" each major power in 1939 according to military ability. Which nation would you least want to pick a fight with in 1939?
list ordered by

1
262 80
Germany is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

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2
163 94
Soviet Union is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

3
175 114
United Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

4
186 129
United States is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

5
150 98
Japan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

6
105 103
France is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

7
86 93
Canada is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

8
70 80
Finland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

9
88 123
Italy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

10
83 119
Poland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

11
65 105
China is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

12
53 93
Turkey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

13
50 94
Australia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

14
49 93
Spain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

15
39 79
Austria is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

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16
42 91
Sweden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

17
37 82
Hungary is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

18
33 78
Persia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939
Persia

19
34 83
Romania is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

20
31 79
Norway is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

21
32 82
Bulgaria is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

22
28 74
Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

23
34 87
Greece is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

24
26 77
Denmark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

25
26 85
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939

26
0 6
Yugoslavia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Nations in 1939
Challenger Sa added Yugoslavia