World War II Orders of Battle

Belgium - 22 Infantry Divisions

Czechoslovakia (Fall 1938)- First Army with seven divisions in Northern Bohemia; Second Army with four divisions in Northern Moravia; Third Army with two divisions in Slovakia; Fourth Army with six infantry divisions, one mechanized division and one motorized division in the south; Strategic reserve with one infantry division, three mechanized divisions and a motorized division mainly in Slovakia. This gives a total of 26 divisions. Per William Shirer Czechoslovakia had "thirty five well trained, well armed divisions".

England - BEF was 10 Infantry divisions (fully motorized) and one armored brigade.

France - 94 divisions on the Western Front, 63 of which were Infantry divisions, 31 of which were regular, the other 32 were "low grade" (half "A" and half "B" with "B" being particularly poorly armed, equipped and trained). The "Dyle-Breda Plan" - called for 30 French divisions and the BEF to advance into Belgium, thus leaving virtually nothing but poor quality divisions to defend France. Maginot Line - 30 divisions (in addition to the Maginot garrison) were positioned behind the Maginot line. Thus Germany effectively only needed to defeat about thirty poor quality reserve divisions. Gamelin had a strategic reserve of only ten divisions (one one was armored and thus capable of actually reacting quickly enough and with enough firepower to make a difference).

Germany (vs France in 1940) - 136 total divisions; 118 (foot) Infantry; 30 were "first wave" and would do the bulk of the fighting; 10 panzer divisions and 7 motorized infantry divisions. In addition Germany deployed their elite airborne units and Waffen SS.

Switzerland - roughly 400,000 trained men, lead by Colonel Henri Guisan, chief of staff Colonel Jakob Labhart. Had 150 obsolete Swiss aircraft and 50 Me109s purchased from Germany.

Stray Data

France mobilized one man in eight.

Britain mobilized only one man in forty.

Tanks in France: Germany just under 3000; France 3000 and British 300

Aircraft for the Battle of France: Germany - 1000 fighters, 1550 bombers, 350 dive bombers, and 400 recon aircraft; France - 700 fighters, 150 bombers, and 350 recon aircraft; RAF - 130 fighters and 270 bomber and recon. Not only did Germany have a numerical advantage in the air but also significantly better aircraft.