CASUALTIES and COSTS

These figures vary from book to book, but this will give the reader and idea of numbers and dollars involved.

Estimated cost of WWI in U.S.Dollars:

Russia                    $30,000,000,000

Britain                    56,000,000,000

France                    32,000,000,000

United States          40,000,000,000

Italy                             12,000,000,000

Rumania                     3,000,000,000

Serbia                          3,000,000,000

Germany                   45,000,000,000

Austria-Hungary    25,000,000,000

Turkey                          5,000,000,000

Bulgaria                       2,000,000,000

Total cost of World War One is estimated at $249,000,000,000

The cost in MEN:

                                                                                           POW

                   Mobilized DEAD          Wounded Missing TOTAL

 

U.S.            4,272,521       67,813          192,483      14,363        274,659

*England  7,500,000   692,065     2,037,325    360,367   3,089,757

France     7,500,000 1,385,300    2,675,000   446,300   4,506,600

Italy         5,500,000    460,000       947,000  1,393,000 2,800,000

Belgium      267,000      20,000         60,000       10,000         90,000

Russia  12,000,000  1,700,000 4,950,000  2,500,000 9,500,000

Japan          800,000            300                907                     3           1,210

Rumania    750,000    200,000      120,000        80,000     400,000

Serbia        707,343       322,000       28,000       100,000      450,000

Montenegro 50,000       3,000         10,000           7,000          20,000

Greece        230,000       15,000        40,000       45,000         100,000

Portugal    100,000        4,000           15,000            200             10,000

Total    39,676,864    4,869,478 11,075,715 4,956,233    20,892,226

 

                                                 CENTRAL POWERS

Germany  11,000,000    1,611,104 3,683,143    772,522 6,066,769

Austria-  6,500,000       800,000 3,200,000 1,211,000    5,211,000

Hungary

Bulgaria      400,000 201,224      152,399 10,825 264,448

Turkey      1,600,000     300,000 570,000      130,000 1,000,000

Total      19,500,000   2,912,328 7,605,542  2,124,347 12,542,217

Grand Total      59,176,864   7,176,806 18,681,257  7,080,580 33,434,443

*Canada sent approximately 800,000 men overseas, sustained

220,182 casualties: 60,383 dead, 155,790 wounded, 4,000 missing/prisoners. Australia sent 336,000 men overseas, sustained 290,191 casualties: 54,431 dead, 156,000 wounded 3,401 prisoners/missing.

Now one can see why WWII was slow to evolve. No one in the World wanted another war, thus Hitler was able to rise to power unchallenged until it was too late to stop his war machine from starting a Second World War.

                                     The Race with the Hun

The first half of 1918 was a race between Germany trying to defeat France and England before America could rescue them. The following is a summary of that race which America (to Europe’s relief) won. It is safe to say that without America’s help, Europe would have been a different world today.

1917                    Ships Sailed  U.S.Troops Transported

May                                5    1,543

June                            18      15,091

July                            15      12,876

August                        17        19,403

September                  27           33,588

October                      24         40,027

November                    19          23,722

December                    25          48,815

1918

January                      26         48,055

February                    22          49,239

March                          45       85,710

April                          63     120,072

May                            141      247,714

June                          128       280,434

July                          147       311,359

August                      140         286,375

September                129            259,670

October                    127          184,063

to Nov 11                  24           12,124

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                                                             Total 2,079,880

Of these troops, 52% were carried by British ships but nearly 83% were escorted through submarine zones by U.S. Naval vessels. The U.S.Navy operated the transports which carried 44% of men. The remainder of the escorts were supplied by the British.