which war in history claimed the most lives

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“World War II killed more persons, cost more money, damaged more property, affected more people, and probably caused more far-reaching changes than any other war in history. . . . It has been estimated that the number of war dead, civilian and military, totaled more than 22,000,000. The number of wounded has been estimated as more than 34,000,000.” The World Book Encyclopedia, 1966, Vol. 20, pp. 379, 380, 410.

That is a total of 56,000,000 casualties, almost 20,000,000 more than in World War I.

However, WW 1 cost about 10-12 million, but another 18 million(some estimates put the toll as high as 40 million) if you include victims of the Spanish flu pandemic which resulted directly from the movement of people (mainly American servicemen!).

Also, bear in mind that Russia lost over 20 million in the war as well as untold millions due to starvation and famine during Stalin's purges of the 1930s.

Poland has always suffered. Both Russia and Germany inflicted mass murders in Poland. Estimates are up to 20% of the population or over 5 million deaths.

German casulaties were reckoned at about 5 million, Japanese about 3 million, Yugoslavia about 3 million, Italy and France 1-2 million.

It's estimated that China lost upward of 50 million people caused by Mao Zedong's red guards in the 1950's & 1960's.

In terms of world population casualties, WW 2 is still the highest in the total NUMBER of deaths, but some of the campaigns of Genghis Khan in China and Persia, and Tamerlaine come close in terms of PERCENTAGES killed, mainly through THE resultant famine and plagues.

From an American perspective: US Civil War
From an American perspective it would be the American Civil War with 618,000 deaths using a casualty amount which included civilians and those military personnel who died from other causes such as disease.

Second would be WW 2 in which there were 292,131 KIA (killed in action).

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