Infographic on WWII deaths. Hat-tip, Sanjaya.
Power’s back. And speaking of power, here’s a graphic of deaths in World War II. I thought that the Soviet Union would be number one, though that may surprise some. Despite the narrative the USA tells, that less evil empire was more crucial to defeating the Nazis than anything else. What surprises me is the number 2. China. Japan must have raped and killed a storm through there.
Madam Chiang Kai-Shek in America, speaking English.
Over 60 million people were killed in World War II, or about 2.5% of the world’s population. While western eyes and histories largely focused on the western front, the east was also a scene of mass carnage, even preceding when the US dropped atomic bombs on civilian populations. The Japanese, for example, captured Beijing and Shanghai and killed up to 300,000 people in the Rape Of Nanking. In the course of that insane and inhuman fighting, China lost 10-20 million people, about 2-4% of their population. Even India lost 1.5-2.5% of its population, which also surprises me (World War II Casualties).
On the Western front, however, it’s not like they had it easy. Poland lost around 16% of its entire population, literally decimating them. What a horrible war.