WWI my Grandfather, Calvary
20 million died, 7 million civilians
WWII my Father, Patton's Third Army, Anti-aircraft machine gunner, wounded in action, scarred for life.
60 million dead with another 20+million from diseases related to the war, over 80 million died, 30 million of those were civilians.
When Veteran's Day comes along I watch the old movies and feel intense gratitude for those who sacrificed so much so we would be free to choose how and what we believe and where we live and what we do with our lives. These are very precious principles that are important because this is the way we learn that just because there are differences that doesn't mean we have to hate or kill. We can also choose to respect each other and give each other room to be who we are, without hurting anyone. This is as crucial to our survival as the air we breathe and the water we drink.
I remember these basic principles were realized because many paid the ultimate cost.
And I appreciate it. Everyday.
I have heard people make comments, rarely, but I've heard them nonetheless refer to war as birth control.
Speaking from a mother's perspective, we give so much time and effort and thought to tending to our children. To giving them a reason to live and be good people. Maybe not everybody does this but many who go unnoticed most certainly do. I would rather see people take birth control and stop bringing children into this world they cannot feed and take care of and instead preserve the precious lives we love so much.
So many lives are ruined in war and as a consequence of war. So many scars are left that are passed down from one generation to the next.
I hope we can start finding ways to resolve conflict with being better people and providing each other with good information so people make better decisions in the future so we can stop a war before it starts with wisdom and human decency.
We have so many young people who are true heroes.
It would be great if we could give them an outlet to be heroes by helping people and by helping us take care of this amazing planet before it is too late. That too would be a worthwhile sacrifice of time and effort. I would like to see that.
One way to understand the violence and slaughter that occurred in the Great War is to examine the number of casualties and deaths. Exact figures are still in dispute, because of different definitions used each category, the questionable accuracy of the recording system used and the loss or destruction of a number of official documents. The data in the tables below reflect numbers from several sources and are consistent with most experts' current estimates.
|Country||Total Mobilized Forces||Killed||Wounded||Prisoners and Missing||Total Casualties||Casualties as % of Forces|
|ALLIED AND ASSOCIATED POWERS|
|ALLIED AND ASSOCIATED POWERS|
|War||Number Serving||Battle Deaths||Disease & Accidents||Wounded||Total Casualties|
|War of 1812||286,730||2,260||NA||4,505||NA|
|World War I||4,743,826||53,513||63,195||204,002||320,710*|
|World War II||16,353,659||292,131||115,185||670,846||1,078,162|
|Persian Gulf War||467,539||148||145||467||760|