First World War Statistics read out at the library by Robert Davies
At the end of the First World War the total number of deaths of military personnel is estimated between 9 and 11 million.
The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I was approximately 40 million: estimates range from 15 to 19 million deaths and about 23 million wounded military personnel, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history.
For the Allied powers Russia mobilized 12 million combatants of which almost 2 million were killed or died; France 8 and a half million, of which 1 and a half million were killed or died; and the British Empire mobilized nearly 9 million of which almost 1 million were killed or died. Over 2 million Germans were killed or died, and after the war, the German government argued that 763,000 German civilians died during the war because of the Allied blockade and another 150,000 died of the war-related Spanish flu. These losses were a military and demographic catastrophe which had enormously important political, social, economic and cultural consequences, consequences which of course were never foreseen.