Central Powers

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European military alliances in 1914. The Central Powers are shown in purple, the Allies in gray and neutral countries in yellow.

The Central Powers was a group of nations fighting against the Allied Powers during World War I; the members included Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria and their territories. They were also supported by Azerbaijan and Finland, as well as Lithuania in 1918 and co-belligerent Jabal Shammar. They lost the war. The Allied Forces include Great Britain, Canada, Newfoundland, Russia, France, later the United States, Greece, Portugal, Brazil, Georgia, Armenia, Australia and many other countries.

Italy joined the allies in the midst of World War I, though all they wanted was to get some colonies. This greed lasted till World War II, but Italy did not gain anything they wanted to. They also wanted to destroy the Allies with tanks which were left on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.