Who would have a better chance of conquering the united kingdom in the 1940s?
Between Nazi Germany and Soviet Union who would have a better chance of taking the land. Germany because they are closer or Russia because they are bigger?
- Jimmy CLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
Germany would have because of logistics. Germany was able to attack by air and sea, so they could have launched an attack on the coast as well early in the war while they were still strong.
Russia is too far away, so the logistics of bringing aircraft, ships and troops to the coast of France for an invasion would have been impossible.
- ️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Lv 71 month ago
not at all in my opinion
- Russ in NOVALv 71 month ago
When in the 1940s? The first half had this little brouhaha we call WWII, in which Nazi Germany tried to force the UK to surrender starting with an bombing campaign, but were never able to soften them up enough to even consider a landing force. Nazi Germany was defeated in 1945 so they didn't even exist in the second half of the 1940s.
The Soviets were a little busy with Germany in the first half of the 1940s. In the second half they were pretty warweary and didn't even have a navy sufficient even attempt an invasion. The US would have come to the aid of the UK and until August 1949 (when the USSR tested their first), the US was the only country with the atomic bomb.
Invasions by sea and air are costly and risky. They take a lot of resources and are by no means certain to succeed. Look how long it took before the allies were ready to invade northern Europe. Look how hard it was for the US to island hop across the pacific. For example it took the resources of 110,000 US servicemen (with 26,000 casualties) and 500 ships to take little Iwo Jima (8.1 sq mi), held by 21,000 Japanese with a few tanks.
- larry1Lv 61 month ago
I've got to Answer....neither...because Britain is an island. Neither one of the 2 big land powers mentioned had any navy (to speak of). You can't take an island without a big navy.
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- Sir CausticLv 61 month ago
Well, "Willy", they could have both joined together and made a big effort to invade, couldn't they? Yes, they could. They could have all gathered on the coast closest to Britain and, jumping into the sea, they could have made a sort of "floating mat" of floating soldiers which could have possibly been used, maybe, as a kind of bridge for the rest of them to walk on, or something. What do you think? I think that's what should have been done.
- BryanLv 71 month ago
Either would have in time. But, the Soviets were less concerned with losing their soldiers in combat, so they probably would have had an easier time of it. You throw enough people across that channel, and eventually they will overwhelm the defenders.
- 1 month ago
Neither of them. You need a large surface fleet in order to take Britian. Warships to fight theirs and protect your supply fleets. Need cargo ships in order to bring in supplies, and troop transports to carry soldiers across the sea and land them on the beaches.
All of which neither Germany nor Russia had at the time.
Germany's surface fleet wasn't scheduled to be completed untill around 1948, which would of pit it on par or slightly above that of the British fleet. During the late 1920s and into the 1930s Russia had dismantled a large percentage of their surface fleet in order to save money and resources. In order to successfully invade Britian, either nation would have to spend several years building up their surface fleet in order to launch an attack. Years that would allow Britian to build up their own forces.
A powerful airforce alone wouldn't secure their ability to invade. Germany tried this during the Battle of Britian. And even if they did win the air battle, it still wouldn't be enough to allow them to invade because of those British warships. Britian could anchor their fleet in ports outside of enemy aircraft range, and then swoop in during a naval invasion and cause mass distruction. Or come in after a landing, cut off supplies, and force the invading troops to be starved of supplies.