Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Perspective on Casualties of War

A while back I mentioned how we just don’t understand what it takes to win a war anymore. The History Guy has some interesting observations on how many soldiers died on D-Day:

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, U.S. and German casualties:

--The D-Day Museum in Portsmouth, England claims a total of 2,500 Allied troops died, while German forces suffered between 4,000 and 9,000 total casualties on D-Day.

--The Heritage Foundation in the U.S. claims 4,900 U.S. dead on D-Day

--The U.S. Army Center of Military History cites a total casualty figure for U.S. forces at 6,036. This number combines dead and wounded in the D-Day battles

--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. Iraq has been a walk in the park compared to what we have faced before. There's little doubt that if today's Democratic leadership and MSM had been at Normandy we might all be speaking German today.

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