Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Perspective on Casualties of War
The exact number of men on both sides who died that day will probably never truly be known. Different sources cite different numbers of Allied,
and German casualties: U.S.
D-Day in Museum claims a total of 2,500 Allied troops died, while German forces suffered between 4,000 and 9,000 total casualties on D-Day. , Portsmouth England
--The Heritage Foundation in the
claims 4,900 U.S. dead on D-Day U.S.
--The U.S. Army Center of Military History cites a total casualty figure for
forces at 6,036. This number combines dead and wounded in the D-Day battles U.S.
--John Keegan, American Historian and Author believes that 2,500 Americans died along with 3,000 British and Canadian troops on D-Day
By the end of the of the entire Normandy Campaign, nearly 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded, or missing.
Compare these one day estimates to the wailing and gnashing of teeth over 3000 dead over four years.