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Deucey Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2022 7:22 p.m. PST

Which minor nation had the biggest impact on the war relative to its population?

I'm kinda thinking Canada or Australia.

MarkAMorin26 Jul 2022 7:41 p.m. PST


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2022 8:09 p.m. PST


lloydthegamer Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2022 8:20 p.m. PST


advocate27 Jul 2022 12:53 a.m. PST

Canada, for its magnificent contribution of men to the European theatre and especially its naval contribution.
Australia did great work holding back the Japanese.
Britain could hardly have stood alone without either of them, but if forced to choose, then Canada. They were so nice about it.

noggin2nog27 Jul 2022 1:14 a.m. PST


OSCS7427 Jul 2022 4:51 a.m. PST


Murvihill27 Jul 2022 5:09 a.m. PST

Poland fielded entire corps on both sides of Germany AFTER they were entirely defeated. I'd say that's punching above your weight.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2022 5:49 a.m. PST

Plus their airforce and navy contributions.

HMS Exeter27 Jul 2022 8:19 a.m. PST

What? No love for New Zealand?

donlowry27 Jul 2022 8:32 a.m. PST

Several good choices, but I think I have to agree with Finland.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2022 9:28 a.m. PST

While I might be biased I would go for Canada with a close second to Australia – at the end of the war, Canada had the 3rd largest navy and the 4th largest air force in the world

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2022 9:36 a.m. PST

Finland. Greece.

Griefbringer27 Jul 2022 9:40 a.m. PST


As a British colony, with significant British forces present, do they really count as a "power" of their own in WWII context? This is not to belittle the contributions of the local population to their own defense.

Greece certainly put up quite a fight against the bigger and more industrialised Italy in 1940-41.

Royston Papworth27 Jul 2022 11:27 a.m. PST


JMcCarroll27 Jul 2022 3:54 p.m. PST

Japan second that.

Thresher0127 Jul 2022 5:41 p.m. PST

Germany, obviously, at least at first, for a number of years, and against numerous opponents.

JSchutt27 Jul 2022 5:44 p.m. PST


Deucey Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2022 7:36 p.m. PST

I never really considered Japan and Germany as minor nations in WW2.😇

DColtman27 Jul 2022 7:44 p.m. PST

I'm biased – but in addition to battlefield contributions, Canada's manufacturing contribution for a small country was pretty remarkable, and clearly impactful to the war effort and outcome.


Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2022 8:18 p.m. PST

Finland certainly punched way above its weight, but I don't think it had much effect on the rest of the war. Would the siege of Leningrad have been significantly different with Finland occupied by the USSR?

Heedless Horseman27 Jul 2022 9:01 p.m. PST


Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2022 1:08 a.m. PST


HMS Exeter28 Jul 2022 6:40 a.m. PST

The Navajo Nation.

Covert Walrus19 Aug 2022 12:09 a.m. PST


Blutarski19 Aug 2022 1:36 p.m. PST

Manstein's Romanians at Crimea in 1942.


thomalley25 Aug 2022 10:07 a.m. PST


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