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In Remembrance

November 11, 2008

Today (Veteran’s Day) marks the signing of the Armistice with Germany on November 11, 1918, in the Compiègne Forest of France.  This cease-fire treaty ended hostilities on the Western Front between the Allied Powers (Russian Empire, France, British Empire, Italy, and the U.S.) and Germany. The Treaty of Versailles (signed on June 28, 1919) officially ended the war with Germany

The Allied Powers incurred over 9.3 million fatalities and over 12.8 million wounded soldiers for a total of approximately 22.1 million casualties, with France and Russia bearing the majority of the casualties among the major Allied countries. Of the 9.3 million fatalities, just under 5.7 million were military and approximately 3.6 million were civilian. Germany (German Empire) incurred the heaviest casualties of the Central Powers with approximately 2.5 million fatalities (a little over 2 million military and over 400,000 civilian) and 4.2 million wounded soldiers.

All together, there was a total estimated 18.6 million fatalities (9.7 million military and 8.8 million civilian) and 21.2 million wounded soldiers.

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