Military performance

German paratroopers with a 7.5-cm PaK 40

The German military performance during World War Two. Part III of the assessment of the fighting power of the Wehrmacht in WW2. back to Part II: Wehrmacht vs US Army German Performance against the Western Allies With the development and… learn more

Performance on the Western Front

Infantry of the US XX Corps move forward

German military performance against the Western Allies in France and on the German frontier in 1944. back to Part III: Military performance in Italy 1943-44 As Rommel had forecast, the ensuing three months after the Allied invasion in Normandy on… learn more

Fleets 1939

battleship of the Nelson class

British Royal Navy, French Navy and German Kriegsmarine at the beginning of World War II in September 1939. The fleets in September 1939 with ship classes, ships under construction and deployment of the Royal Navy, French and German navies. ROYAL… learn more

Yugoslavia Armed Forces

Men of the Belgrade 'Iron Regiment' on the march

Strength and organisation of the Yugoslav Army, Air Force and Navy in 1941. Yugoslav Army The titular head of the armed forces was the King. At the end of March 1941 a group of Army officers overthrew the Regent Prince… learn more



Partisans and Chetniks – strength and organization of irregular forces in Russia and Yugoslavia. Partisans in Russia The rapid disintegration of the Red Army along the western frontiers of the Soviet Union as a result of the Axis invasion in… learn more

Performance on the Russian Front

successful knock-out

The German military performance on the Russian Front during World War II. back to Military Performance on the Western Front 1944 (Part IV) Part IV of the analysis of fighting power. Unfortunately, the HERO database is (Historical Evaluation and Research… learn more

Greek Armed Forces

Tea and bread for Greek soldiers at Canea

Strength and organization of the Armed Forces of Greece 1940-41. From 1938 until the German invasion, Greece was a constitutional monarchy under King George II, but the actual power was in the hands of her right-wing dictator-President General Metaxas. The… learn more

US Navy in late 1941

Picture taken from a Japanese pilot during the attack on Pearl Harbor

Strength, Ships and Organization as the United States enters WW2 in December 1941 In late 1941, the US Navy consisted of: 17 battleships (+15 under construction): 1 Arkansas (1912), 2 New York class (1914), 2 Nevada class (1916), 2 Pennsylvania… learn more

US Army Air Force at the beginning of WW2

First B-24 in Great Britain

Strength and Organization of the USAAF in North America, Great Britain and Mediterranean theatre US Army Air Force In the 1930s there were dramatic strides in civil and commercial aviation, and by the eve of the war the United States… learn more

US Army at the beginning of WW2

GI's are landing

Strength and Organization of the US Army in North America, Great Britain and Mediterranean theatre in 1941-42 US Army Although it is true that the United States mobilised its vast resources in a remarkably short time, American soldiers had ample… learn more

Free French Army

Free French 'L' Force

Strength and organization of Free French Army Free French Army After the fall of France, various units of French troops in the Middle East preferred to join the Allies. Their position was difficult; many Frenchmen thought them a small group… learn more

French Armed Forces 1940

French heavy tak Char B1

Strength and organization of the Army Forces and Air Force of France in May 1940 French Army On 10 May 1940 the German offensive began by outflanking the Maginot Line in an advance through the Ardennes region, a move totally… learn more