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World War II Statistics

By the Numbers

Number of Americans who served in World War II: 16.1 million

Average amount of time each U.S. military serviceman served overseas during World War II: 16 months

Estimated number of people serving in World War II worldwide: 1.9 billion
Estimated number of U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines killed in battle during World War II: 292,000
... of U.S. troops who perished outside of battle during World War II: 114,000
... of U.S. troops wounded during World War II: 672,000
... of deaths, in total, sustained by U.S. forces during World War II: 405,000
... of U.S. military deaths as a percent of the total United States population: 0.4%

Estimated number of deaths sustained worldwide during World War II: 72 million

Estimated total number of European Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust: 6 million
Estimated number of German Jews killed in the Holocaust: 125,000
Estimated number of Polish Jews killed in the Holocaust: 3 million

Estimated number of deaths sustained by Polish military forces during World War II: 123,000
... by French military forces during World War II: 213,000
... by British military forces: 373,000
... by Chinese military forces: 1.3 million
... by Japanese military forces: 1.3 million
... by German military forces: 3.5 million
... by Russian military forces: 11 million

Estimated number of British civilians killed during World War II: 93,000
... of French civilians killed during World War II: 350,000
... of Japanese civilians killed: 672,000
... of German civilians killed: 780,000
... of Polish civilians killed: 5.7 million
... of Russian civilians killed: 7 million

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