Casualties and Expenditures
In loss of lives, World War II was the costliest war in history.
No adequate figures exist, and estimates can be only roughly
approximate. Probably between 15 and 20 million military personnel
were killed in action. Among the Axis powers, Germany suffered
about 3.5 million battle dead, Japan 1.5 million, and Italy 200,000.
Among the Allies the USSR had the heaviest battle casualties, as
many as 7.5 million dead. China lost 2.2 million combatants from
July 1937. The British lost more than 300,000 dead, the United
States 292,000, and France 210,000.
Civilian dead numbered approximately 25 million. The USSR lost
more than 10 million, China at least 6 million, France 400,000,
the United Kingdom 65,000, and the United States 6,000. On the
Axis side, Germany suffered the loss of 500,000 civilians, Japan
600,000, and Italy 145,000. In addition, about 6 million Jews,
mostly from eastern Europe, were put to death by the Nazis.