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World War 2 Casualties

Information World War 2 Casualties: Depending on the data used, the number of casualties record in World War 2 can vary quite considerably: some sources will have more extensive time frames than others, leading to discrepancies.

 

 

Some “start” World War 2 in 1937, others in 1939. Some included only the European fighting, others fighting in the Pacific. On this basis alone there are many discrepancies between individual estimates. Thus there are many divergent estimates as to the total number of World War 2 casualties.

 

 

The following table shows the number of World War 2 casualties. This information comes from W. van Mourik’s “War Balance Sheet” (Bilanz des Krieges), written in 1978. It lists those who were killed in battle, civilians and soldiers both.

The individual number of casualties recorded in Eastern European nations should be viewed as outdated, since at the time of writing, Eastern Europe was behind the Iron Curtain, and now there is much more recent data gleaned from public archives which was not previously accessible. Nevertheless, this table still serves as a good overview.

 

The following table illustrates the estimated number of casualties in World War 2, country by country:

World War 2 casualties

World War 2 Casualties

 

 

 

 

Soldiers (dead)

Civilians (dead)

Total

Australia

30.000

 

30.000

Belgium

10.000

50.000

60.000

Bulgaria

10.000

 

10.000

Brazil

456

 

456

China

3.500.000

10.000.000

13.500.000

Germany WW2

3.250.000

3.640.000

6.890.000

Estonia

 

140.000

140.000

Finland

90.000

 

90.000

France

250.000

270.000

520.000

Greece

20.000

80.000

100.000

England WW2

370.000

60.000

430.000

Italy

330.000

70.000

400.000

Japan

1.700.000

360.000

2.060.000

Yugoslavia

300.000

1.300.000

1.600.000

Latvia

 

120.000

120.000

Lithuania

 

170.000

170.000

New Zealand

10.000

 

10.000

The Netherlands

23.000

112.000

125.000

Norway

10.000

 

10.000

Austria

230.000

40.000

270.000

Poland

200.000

6.000.000

6.200.000

Romania

200.000

40.000

240.000

Russia WW2

13.600.000

6.000.000

19.600.000

Czechoslovakia

20.000

70.000

90.000

Hungary

120.000

80.000

200.000

USA

220.000

 

220.000

Total sum of casualties in WW2:

24.493.456

28.602.000

53.085.456

 

From this table, it is assumed that more than 53 million people fell victim to World War 2. There are also some indications that the number of casualties in World War 2 could like more in the 55-60 million range.

 

The simple fact is that the number of casualties in World War 2 is not exactly known, and varies according to the data used. Accounting not just soldiers, but civilians, resistance fighters, factory workers, and those who were victims of the Nazi regimes crimes and all other casualties means accounting for a accurate figure is difficult.

 

World War 2 Casualties

It should be noted that those who did not die, but who were injured during the war are not included in this table, although the extent of war-wounded itself is considerable (WW2 soldiers).

 

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