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What country had the best performing military during the First World War generally? And what was the most powerful army in November 1918?

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  • 3 weeks ago
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    answer for the first question: Without any doubt the German army! Seems like only British people answering here.

    The German army fought simultaneously against all Allied powers and still hung on for over four years (just imagine the UK against Germany, France, Russia and the US).

    The British army could not even move into Germany despite having France and Russia on its side.

    We won the war for the West, because we came in. Without our leadership, the UK and France would have lost.

    Hence in November 1918, our US army had the best performing army. Actually, we did not just save Paris, but even the whole Western world and saved the world (as in WW2 with the help of the Soviet Union).

    We brought our own weapons, , especially later on. Beside that, the British army was unable to use their weapons effectively anyway. No wonder that in over four years, they only stayed in one place and could not move.

    Best performing in the East Africa Campaign – Germanon the Western Front – German

    (British and French had two different armies as both are two different countries and can therefore only be counted as one army each)in Italy – Austrianin the Near East – tie between British and Turks

    in Eastern Europe - German

    In 3 out of 5 fronts, the Germans had the best performing military, the British Empire only in the one where they fought with the Arabs against the Turks alone. They were also heavily beaten at Gallipoli with huge losses.

  • 3 weeks ago

    My vote would need to go to the Norse countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, that stayed neutral during WW1, and did not get involved.

    A huge round of applause. 

    An example to the world.

    Also makes them "extremely" powerful, as their mature and adult stance, makes them extremely hard to place dirt on.

    Also gives them a highly trustworthy appearance, which in the longterm, is what the citizens of most countries are truly wanting from ally relationships, and friendships.

  • 3 weeks ago

    World War I (or the First World War, often abbreviated as WWI or WW1) was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously known as the Great War or "the war to end all wars",[7] it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history.[8][9] It is also one of the deadliest conflicts in history,[10] with an estimated 9 million combatant deaths and 13 million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war,[11] while resulting genocides and the related 1918 Spanish flu pandemic caused another 17–100 million deaths worldwide,[12][13] including an estimated 2.64 million Spanish flu deaths in Europe and as many as 675,000 Spanish flu deaths in the United States.[14]

  • larry1
    Lv 6
    3 weeks ago

    Generally.....it's close...but clearly... France military performed best....with 30% their country taken they held the line and advanced for 4 years against a numerically superior enemy (Germany). The British on land never supplied more than 20%, the French shouldering all the rest (the British were 90% excellent at sea).

    In Nov 1918 the....US armies just arrived the last year with fresh trained unlimited troops was most powerful (since the US sat out of 4 years of a 5 year war).

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Most powerful in November 1918 was the one with the most aircraft, ships and tanks – Britain.

    Best performing in the East Africa Campaign – German

    on the Western Front – British and French

    in Italy – Austrian

    in the Near East – British.

    For the purposes of brevity Britain includes all the Dominions and colonies.

  • 3 weeks ago

    the Russians had Gone Home the Americans had No equipment the French were talking Peace with the Germans in 1916

    that leaves the Biggest and the best with the First tanks the British we still had the world's biggest Navy

  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    The British Army.  Which won.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Overall, the German army. They faced the strongest armies and had to assist Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey. Yet, they held on until late 1918. The British Empire had already lost their best professional soldiers by 1915/16, whereas Germany still had parts of it even in 1918.  The British Empire (the biggest Empire the world has ever seen) was not even able to defeat Germany on its own.

    At the end of WW1, the US army was the strongest. They saved Paris, which would otherwise have been conquered by the German army in 1918.  They were still fresh, yet had some experience and had more resources at that time anyway, both in manpower and supplies. Also, Pershing was a better commander than any British general.

    @Natasha:

    You are not only wrong about Aisne and the "main forces". Your insults and ill wishes show that you have no argument and also no manners and speaks volumes about your bad character. It gives your own family a bad reputation due to your poor upbringing.       

  • 3 weeks ago

    Britain and Germany. Britain had the best trained troops as the they were the only major European power that relied on volunteer professionals at the beginning of the war and had retained their professional core whilst Germany largely lost theirs by the end of 1916. Germany had the best management and military education due to their empathises of the concept of General Staff and the military education.

    At the end of the war, Britain or France. Even though at the end of the war they were both, and France particularly, bloodied and tired they were both very large, well equipped and very experienced. 

    @Anon:Yes, because an army that was still being reliant on France and UK for artillery and machine guns, you know those somewhat important pieces of military equipment, can be considered the best.

    And nope, the US didn't save Paris. Unless you genuinely believe that Paris was under threat from a small, exhausted force comprising of ELEMENTS of a couple divisions (meanwhile the French and British were halting the main forces of 20 divisions at Aisne)  that had outpaced its supply line whose entire goal was to divert forces away from Belgium, the real target, that was so obvious that Foch saw through the Germans deception refused to send reinforcements then go ahead and believe it but if you do I hope you get disability pay at your work because it sounds like you're tad mentally challenged.

  • Fred
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    That is something that is hard to say as most soldiers fought hard.  I remember hearing a story where a German soldier was captured and was asked who he believed would win the war.  He answered it would be Germany because they had God on their side.  An American officer said no our side will win because we have the Australians on our side.  The British, French, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders, Americans (even if they were only fighting for the last year of the war), Russians, Indians and soldiers from several lesser know countries involved on the allied side, and we must not forget the Germans and the Turkish soldiers the allies faced.  All fought very bravely and I doubt any were not as tough as all the others.  We all like to think our soldiers were the toughest and the best but I doubt any one country can claim that title.

      I would say the most powerful military at the end of the war was either Britain or France.  America and Russia only became the most powerful militaries at the end of WW2.

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