Bloodiest Wars in your Country's History

Toltec

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Apr 2008
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I'm trying to work out in period of history did wars cause the most suffering to people, is it now or sometime in the past.

What are the bloodiest conflicts in your nations history. Please put your nations casualties only, thanks


Here's what I came up with for the UK so far.

1st - WWI 1 million casualties (42 million population) - 2.4% of population died in the war.

2nd - English Civil War 860,000 casualties (7 million population) - 12.3% of population died in the war.

3rd WWII 500,000 casualties (46 million population) - 1.1% of population died in the war.

4th Napoleonic Wars 311,000 casualties (18 million population) - 1.7% of population died in the war.

5th Wars of the Roses 105,000 casualties (3 million population) - 3.5% of the population died in the war.


Other interesting wars to check out would be the Stephen Matilda civil war which some historians I've read have said was bloodier than the ECW. The Norman conquest and Roman invasion.
 

Cicero

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Dec 2009
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Tennessee
US.

Civil War

The number that is most often quoted is 620,000.

The Union armies had from 2,500,000 to 2,750,000 men. Their losses, by the best estimates:
Battle deaths: 110,070 Disease, etc.: 250,152 Total 360,222
The Confederate strength, known less accurately because of missing records, was from 750,000 to 1,250,000. Its estimated losses:
Battle deaths: 94,000 Disease, etc.: 164,000 Total 258,000
As I mentioned in another thread, the deaths from disease out number those from battle.


http://www.civilwarhome.com/casualties.htm
 
Jan 2010
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Good thread Toltec but those Civil War figures look awfully high - are you sure they're the best estimate around?
 

Toltec

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Apr 2008
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I got the figure from wiki whci has a good breakdown. However I've seen the same figures in a number of publications.
 

Toltec

Ad Honorem
Apr 2008
7,923
Hyperborea
US.

Civil War

The number that is most often quoted is 620,000.
The Union armies had from 2,500,000 to 2,750,000 men. Their losses, by the best estimates:

Battle deaths: 110,070 Disease, etc.: 250,152 Total 360,222

The Confederate strength, known less accurately because of missing records, was from 750,000 to 1,250,000. Its estimated losses:

Battle deaths: 94,000 Disease, etc.: 164,000 Total 258,000

As I mentioned in another thread, the deaths from disease out number those from battle.


http://www.civilwarhome.com/casualties.htm

according to the 1860 census, 31.5 million people, so that's 2% of the population.
 

Cicero

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Dec 2009
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Tennessee
About what Britain lost in WWI.

I believe that figure to be accurate, though numbers vary a bit according to source.
 

Toltec

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Apr 2008
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Germany WWII 6 million (population 80,600,000) 7.4% of the population.
 

beorna

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Jan 2010
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It is hard to say for germany. too many different data

WW I about 2 Mio Soldiers and 1 Mio civilians
WW II about 3,5 mio soldiers and 3,6 Mio civilians (but there is other data that gave up to 11 Mio casualties), 10 to 14 Mio expelled people
War from 1618 to 1648 unclear casualties, about 3 to 7 Mio people from about 17-20 mio inhabitants at all. In my town e.g. 60% less inhabitants.
 
Nov 2009
3,760
Queensland, Australia
It will be difficult to surpass losses of Poland during WWII

According to Wiki, Poland losses are as below;
KIA 160,000
Killed civilians 2,440,000
Polish Jews 3.000.000
Total 5,600,000
16.07% of population of 34,849,000


According to polish sources
Total loses 6,028,000
17,3% of population of 34,849,000
Total 1,800,000 of expelled people from eastern part of Poland ceded to Soviet Union
 
Nov 2009
771
Aiel Waste
I'm trying to work out in period of history did wars cause the most suffering to people, is it now or sometime in the past.

What are the bloodiest conflicts in your nations history. Please put your nations casualties only, thanks


Here's what I came up with for the UK so far.

1st - WWI 1 million casualties (42 million population) - 2.4% of population died in the war.

2nd - English Civil War 860,000 casualties (7 million population) - 12.3% of population died in the war.

3rd WWII 500,000 casualties (46 million population) - 1.1% of population died in the war.

4th Napoleonic Wars 311,000 casualties (18 million population) - 1.7% of population died in the war.

5th Wars of the Roses 105,000 casualties (3 million population) - 3.5% of the population died in the war.


Other interesting wars to check out would be the Stephen Matilda civil war which some historians I've read have said was bloodier than the ECW. The Norman conquest and Roman invasion.

Its weird that UK lost more in ww1 then ww2 considering the better weapons in ww2, the bombings of london, and the fighting against the japanese by the australians.