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Largest Armed Forces

armed force

The number of personnel in the armed forces listed below are

Active forces --The number of military personnel on active duty that are currently serving full time in their military capacity.

Reserve Military -- The number of military personnel in the reserve forces that are not normally kept under arms whose role is to be available to mobilize when necessary.

Paramilitary -- The number of personnel in paramilitary forces, armed units that are not considered part of a nation's formal military forces.

Country Active Military Reserve Military Paramilitary Total
China 2,285,000 800,000 1,500,000 4,585,000
USA 1,458,219 1,458,500 11,035 2,927,754
India 1,325,000 2,142,821 1,300,586 4,768,407
North Korea 1,106,000 8,200,000 189,000 9,495,000
Russia 1,027,000 754,000 449,000 2,230,000
Korea 687,000 8,000,000 4,500 8,691,500
Turkey 666,576 378,700 152,200 1,197,476
Pakistan 617,000 513,000 304,000 1,434,000
Iran 523,000 1,800,000 1,510,000 3,833,000
Egypt 468,500 479,000 397,000 1,344,500

Weapons Named After People

  • Tommy Gun
  • tommy gun

    The Thompson sub-machine gun was invented by American army general John Taliaferro Thompson and US navy commander John N. Blish. It became known as the Tommy gun and was popular with gangsters during the 1920s.

  • Sten gun
  • sten gun

    The name comes from the initial letters of the surnames of the weapon’s inventors, Major Reginald V. Shepherd and Harold J. Turpin, combined with the first two letters of England (or, according to some authorities, Enfield), where it was first made.

  • Shrapnel
  • shrapnel

    This name was originally given to the exploding shells invented by British officer Henry Shrapnel (1761-1842). Fragments of bombs are also often called shrapnel.

  • Molotov cocktail
  • molotov cocktail

    This was a crude but effective bomb made with a petrol-filled bottle and fuse. It was given its name by the Finns in about 1940 who used it during the war against Russia. They called it a cocktail for Molotov. Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov (1890-1986) was the Soviet Prime minister at the time.

  • Mills grenade
  • mills hand grenade

    This hand grenade was designed in 1915 by William Mills (1856-1932). An estimated 70 million were used by the British during World War I. Mills was knighted in 1922.

  • Mauser
  • mauser

    The Mauser bolt-action rifle was developed in 1898 by German brothers Wilhelm (1834-82) and Peter Paul Mauser (1838-1914). They also invented an automatic pistol.

  • Luger
  • luger

    Gunmaker George Luger (1849-1923) pioneered the P-08 pistol that bears his name in 1898. This weapon was adopted by the German army and was widely used during both World Wars.

  • Kalashnikova (AK-47)
  • kalashnikova ak-47

    This deadly assault rifle was invented by Mikhail Kalashnikov of Russia. Symbol of innovative weapon, its designing phase started during the World War II and after the war it was committed to the Soviet Army.

  • Congreve rocket
  • congreve rocket

    This weapon was named after British inventor, Sir William Congreve (1772-1828). It was used in battles against Napoleon in the early years of the 19th century.

  • Big Bertha
  • big bertha

    Big Bertha was a 144 tonne cannon used by the German army to shell Paris from a distance of 122 km during World War I. The name of this weapon came from the Bertha Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach (1886-1957), who inherited the German Krupp armaments business from her father, Friedrich Alfred Krupp.

    Countries With Nuclear Weapons

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