The Age of Nefarious: some comparative statistics

In the Second World War it is estimated that 42 million civilians and 25 million military died.  In addition to these civilian deaths there were more than 5 million Jews who were exterminated by the Nazis, bringing the death total to more than 72 million persons.  Americans serving in the military who were killed numbered 407,300.  Japanese military numbered more than 2 million with 580,000 civilians; German military numbered more than 5 million with nearly two million civilians killed.  World War I included 66 million casualties.

*All estimates in this summary use the “highest” vs “lowest” estimates that are contained in a Wikipedia source

More recently, the Second Congo War killed 13 million; the Vietnam War 5 million; and the Korean War 3.5 million.  The Persian Gulf Iran-Iraq War killed a million between 1980 and 1988, as did the Second Sudanese Civil War which extended from 1983 to 2002.  The Nigerian Civil War from 1967 to 1970 claimed a million and the Mozambique Civil War another million.  A million died in Rawanda from 1990 to 1994 and 800,000 in the Congo from 1991 to 1997.  Approximately 550,000 Somalians have died in the war that continues there.  500,000 Ugandans died in their 1979-86 Civil War.  The Mexican Revolution in the early 1900’s claimed 2 million while nearly 1.5 million Ethiopians died from 1974 to 1991. 

Earlier our own Civil War claimed 970,000.  In the British Isles 250-735,000 died in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms in the mid 1600’s.

It is estimated by some that 655,000 have been killed so far in the Iraq war since the invasion in 2003.  The low estimate is of 250,000.    A lesser number of 100,000 were killed in the Persian Gulf War in 1991 and 49,600 have been killed in Afghanistan.  The Arab-Israeli conflict is said to have claimed the lives of 14,200 Israelis and 86 to 100 thousand Arabs along with more than 325 others, mainly British.

75,000 died in El Salvador; 70,000 in the Shining Path Insurgency in Peru, and 68,000 in Sri Lanka’s Civil War.  200,000 died in Chechnya in its first war and 100,000 in its second since 1999 and is ongoing..

Genocide is said to have claimed more than 320 million persons, including 60 million in the African slave trade and 15 million in the Democide/genocide of Native Americans.

Battles include 1.5 million at Stalingrad and Leningrad each; 1.3 at Kursk; 1.4 at Brusilov.  Closer to home 55,000 were killed at Gettysburg; 12,000 at Chancellorsville and 11,000 at Petersburg, Virginia.

Numbers killed in terrorist attacks are as follows:  there have been 21 attacks in Iraq added to this list since the beginning of the Iraq War.


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