How many people died in World War II?

Elena Melnichenko
Elena Melnichenko
April 29, 2015
How many people died in World War II?

The Second World War was the most destructive war in the history of mankind. About its consequences are debates to this day. 80% of the world's population took part in it.

Many questions arise about how many people died in the Second World War, as various sources of information provide different information about the human victims in the period from 1939 to 1945. The differences are due to where the source information was obtained, as well as which counting method was used.

Total death toll

It is worth noting that many historians and professors engaged in the study of this issue. The death toll from the Soviet Union was calculated by officers of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. According to the registration of new archival data, the data of which are given for 2001, the Great Patriotic War claimed a total of 27 million lives.Of these, more than seven million people are servicemen who were killed or died from their injuries.

Talk about how many people died from 1939 to 1945. as a result of military actions, they continue to this day, since it is almost impossible to calculate losses. Various researchers and historians cite their data: from 40 to 60 million people. After the war, hid the real data. During the reign of Stalin, it was said that the losses of the USSR amounted to 8 million people. At the time of Brezhnev, this figure increased to 20 million, and during the period of perestroika - to 36 million.

Today it is assumed that the war claimed at least 60 million people.

The free encyclopedia Wikipedia cites the following data: more than 25.5 million military personnel and about 47 million civilians (including all participating countries), i.e. in total, the number of losses exceeds 70 million people.