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Military Losses (Casualties)
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Military Losses (Casualties)

There is little agreement in the literature as to the casualties sustained by the states that took part in the First World War. Figures vary between about 6 and about 13 million. A principle reason for the different estimates lies in the fact that definitions of the term “casualties” differ greatly. In the narrow military terminology of the time and in the specialized military literature, “casualties” frequently included all those soldiers who were no longer available t…

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Overmans, Rüdiger, “Military Losses (Casualties)”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 31 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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