Allies of World War II


The Allies of World War II were the countries that opposed the Axis powers during the Second World War (1939–1945). Former Axis states contributing to the allied victory are not considered Allied states. The Allies became involved in World War II either because they had already been invaded, were directly threatened with invasion by the Axis or because they were concerned that the Axis powers would come to control the world. The anti-German coalition at the start of the war (September 1, 1939) consisted of France, Poland, and the United Kingdom. After 1941, the leaders of the British Empire, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and the United States of America, known as the "Big Three", held leadership of the allied powers. France, before its defeat in 1940 and after Operation Overlord in 1944, as well as China at that time, were also major Allies.
Other Allies included Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Ethiopia, Greece, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, thePhilippine Commonwealth, Poland, the Union of South Africa and Yugoslavia.