Biggest Axis-Controlled Cities

Name the most populous modern-day urban areas that were controlled by the Axis powers in each theater of action.
Not counting the overseas territories of the Vichy regime
Urban area population according to citypopulation.de, 2021
Loosely defined areas are filled in
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Last updated: February 28, 2021
First submittedNovember 6, 2015
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Pacific
47.6 m
Guangzhou
40.5 m
Tokyo
34.1 m
Shanghai
32.1 m
Jakarta
26.3 m
Manila
25.0 m
Seoul
20.0 m
Beijing
19.4 m
Bangkok
17.7 m
Osaka
13.2 m
Tianjin
10.6 m
Ho Chi Minh City
Pacific
10.5 m
Nagoya
10.2 m
Xiamen
9.25 m
Wuhan
9.15 m
Kuala Lumpur
9.15 m
Taipei
8.60 m
Hangzhou
8.10 m
Shenyang
7.90 m
Singapore
7.75 m
Shantou
7.55 m
Hong Kong
Europe / Africa
11.4 m
Paris
6.15 m
Milan
5.65 m
The Ruhr
5.00 m
Cologne /
Düsseldorf
4.75 m
Berlin
4.15 m
Naples
3.90 m
Addis Ababa
3.50 m
Athens
3.50 m
Rome
3.48 m
Kyiv
3.28 m
Frankfurt
Europe / Africa
3.28 m
Rotterdam /
The Hague
2.88 m
Hamburg
2.73 m
Brussels
2.73 m
Tunis
2.63 m
Budapest
2.50 m
Amsterdam
2.40 m
Stuttgart
2.33 m
Upper Silesia
2.35 m
Warsaw
2.28 m
Munich
2.23 m
Vienna
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Level 75
Nov 25, 2015
Algiers and Tunis were in the North African Theater, later renamed the Mediterranean Theater when it was expanded to include southern Italy.
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Level 72
Nov 26, 2015
Shouldn't Tianjin be here as well?
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Level 84
Nov 26, 2015
Tianjin should definitely be there, its urban area comprises 10 million people and it was controlled by the japanese. Other big cities like Chengdu and Chongqing were not, so this quiz is quite subtle.
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Level ∞
Nov 26, 2015
Yes, Tianjin was missing.
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Level 86
Dec 11, 2015
These quizzes that combine history and geography are the best.
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Level 71
Jan 21, 2016
Should Bangkok be on the list?
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Level 59
Jan 21, 2016
Thailand was an axis power so it definitely should.
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Level ∞
Oct 12, 2018
Added Bangkok since Thailand signed an official alliance with Japan in 1942.
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Level 76
Oct 12, 2018
Thailand - or rather Siam - was the last country Britain declared war on.
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Level 78
Jan 21, 2016
Addis Ababa?
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Level 78
Jan 21, 2016
Mogadishu also?
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Level 64
Jan 24, 2016
Mogadishu is just barely beaten out. Addis Ababa, however, should be included since its metro area exceeds 4 million and it was a part of Italian East Africa from 1936-1941. Surely Quizmaster knows about the Abyssinian Crisis and its role in the downfall of the League of Nations.
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Level ∞
Oct 12, 2018
Added Addis Ababa
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Level 43
Jan 23, 2016
Ho Chi Mihn city was called Siagon back during WWII.
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Level 64
Jan 24, 2016
*Saigon. I agree that it should be accepted but this quiz uses modern names only, so Ho Chi Minh City is what should be displayed.
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Level 87
Aug 16, 2018
It's still called Saigon in Vietnam. No one on Earth calls it Ho Chi Minh City except people trying to act correct.
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Level 45
Aug 15, 2019
lol you must be a south vietnam loser. When I visited Vietnam they used both names interchangeably. At the airports for example, they would say flights to Ho Chi Minh.
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Level 66
Nov 27, 2020
Stop acting correct, guys, no one calls it New York City. It's still called Nieuw Amsterdam.
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Level 67
Feb 21, 2021
Lmao European loser its actually called Onondaga.
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Level 87
Jul 27, 2021
To answer Lomeo, Ho Chi Minh City is the technical name for the large metropolitan government covering several thousand square kilometers. The urban city is still named Saigon and is what everybody I've ever known from Vietnam calls it.

Whether people from the southern part of the country are losers is your own bigotry. Seeing as the actual natives of Saigon are from the south, they should know the city better than others I would think though.

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Level 66
Jan 23, 2017
What about Bangkok? The Thais were allied with Japan and Addis Ababa which the Italians had before the war in 1935?
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Level 61
Jun 8, 2017
Good quiz.
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Level 43
Dec 5, 2017
Surprised to see Kiev here. I’d bet it was part of Soviet during WWII. Apparantly not.
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Level 43
Dec 15, 2017
They were part of the USSR, the Germans just conquered it
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Level 72
Jan 11, 2018
It seems if Algiers and Tunis count, there is no reson to exclude Casablanca (4.2M)?
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Level ∞
Oct 12, 2018
I removed Algiers. It seems like Tunis was controlled directly by the Italians.
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Level 80
Oct 19, 2018
Wikipedia: "During World War II, Tunis was held by Axis forces from November 1942 to May 1943."
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Level 38
Feb 14, 2018
Damn, forgot Singapore! Annoyed!
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Level 58
Oct 14, 2018
What do you mean by urban areas? Don't you mean cities? And the population nowadays was quite incorrect
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Level 80
Oct 19, 2018
"Cities" makes for a better title. Urban areas certainly aren't cities.
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Level 55
Dec 28, 2018
I'm always surprised by the numbers. For instance, 800.000 people live in Amsterdam and 600.000 in Rotterdam. There are of course relatively big cities around those two cities but I cannot believe they make up for 2.43 m and 3.20 m respectively for A'dam and R'dam.
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Level 71
Dec 28, 2018
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Level 67
Apr 17, 2019
I love this quiz because it combines history and geography!
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Level 65
Nov 28, 2020
Almost thought Wuhan was too inland.
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Level 69
Feb 28, 2021
Brussels ?

At least in an other quiz it is above 2.2 million...

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Level ∞
Feb 28, 2021
Added, thanks.
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Level 81
Feb 28, 2021
Bucharest?
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Level 79
Jul 25, 2021
Thailand never signed the Tripartite pact. Counting co-belligerents is fine, but then Baghdad also needs to be included.
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Level 70
Jul 25, 2021
Baghdad was ruled for a few weeks by a group of pro-Axis Iraqi generals, who were supported by (a few) planes of the German and Italian air forces. Not sure if it should count.
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Level 70
Jul 25, 2021
"Name the most populous modern-day urban areas that were ONCE controlled by the Axis powers"
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Level 80
Jul 26, 2021
You forgot Mar-A-Lago.
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Level 47
Jul 27, 2021
Shenzhen? Most chinese don't consider it a part of Guangzhou and if you include HK then you should also include Shenzhen (pop 18mil)
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Level 59
Jul 27, 2021
That's what I was thinking
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Level 55
Jul 29, 2021
agreed
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Level 56
Sep 18, 2021
Germany tooks Stalingrad (maybe its too small idk)