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The Human Cost

World War I was one of history’s deadliest wars, causing over 20 million deaths. Over 8.5 million soldiers lost their lives, and more than 21 million were wounded. There were about 7 million civilian deaths, and countless others were injured, starved or made homeless. This table presents conservative estimates for military casualties of the major combatant nations.

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