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WW2 Allied Powers

Who were the Germans allies?

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2011-12-15 08:20:18

Before WWI Germany made the triple-alliance with Italy and


Bulgaria and the Ottoman empire joined the alliance, against the

Entente with UK, France and Russia. Other countries joined the

Entente too.

When Italy swapped sides in 1915, the remainder of the war

alliance was called the central powers.

In WWII the term "the allies" was used about those fighting with

the UK against the Axis powers. The Axis was Germany, Italy and

Japan, with their collaborators like Hungary, Romania, Soviet

(until 1941), Bulgaria etc. Italy left the Axis when Mussolini's

rule was overthrown. Non-occupied France got a nazi-friendly regime

in Vichy and occupied states often had a collaborating government

in Europe and Asia. Due to the war against Soviet Union and their

switch to the allied side, made that Finland for some time fought

on the Axis side, then against the Axis again driving out German

troops from Finland.

Spain, Sweden and South American countries in particular, were

officially neutral in WWII but acted in different ways that helped

Germany, as large parts of the population had a friendly attitude,

as it in fact was in most countries in the beginning.

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