Special Report

Countries That Suffered the Most Civilian Casualties in World War II

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10. France
> Civilian deaths: 350,000 – 390,000
> Military deaths: 213,324 – 217,600
> Total deaths: 563,000 – 600,000
> Est. population 1939: 41,680,000
> Deaths as pct. of population: 1.4%

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9. Korea
> Civilian deaths: 378,000 – 533,000
> Military deaths:
> Total deaths: 378,000 – 533,000
> Est. population 1939: 24,326,000
> Deaths as pct. of population: 1.6% – 2.2%

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8. Japan
> Civilian deaths: 550,000 – 800,000
> Military deaths: 1,300,000 – 2,300,000
> Total deaths: 1,972,000 – 3,100,000
> Est. population 1939: 71,380,000
> Deaths as pct. of population: 2.8% – 4.3%

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7. Yugoslavia
> Civilian deaths: 554,000 – 1,400,000
> Military deaths: 305,000 – 446,000
> Total deaths: 1,000,000 – 1,700,000
> Est. population 1939: 15,490,000
> Deaths as pct. of population: 6.5% – 11.0%

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6. Germany
> Civilian deaths: 780,000 – 8,800,000
> Military deaths: 3,500,000 – 5,533,000
> Total deaths: 4,200,000 – 8,800,000
> Est. population 1939: 69,300,000
> Deaths as pct. of population: 6.1% – 12.7%

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