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German Population

German Population in 1933: 66,000,000+
German Population in 1938: 78,000,000+
German Population in 1939: 80,600,000+

Gender and Age

German Men in 1939: 38,900,000+
German Men age 15-65 in 1939: 24,620,748
German Men age 15-20 in 1939: 3,137,429
German Men age 21-34 in 1939: 8,885,775
German Men age 35-44 in 1939: 5,695,510
German Men age 45-65 in 1939: 6,902,034
German Women in 1939: 41,700,000+
German Women age 15-65 in 1939: 27,960,000+

Wehrmacht

In Wehrmacht Service*, 1939: 4,722,000+
In Wehrmacht Service*, 1940: 6,600,000+
In Wehrmacht Service*, 1941: 8,154,000+
In Wehrmacht Service*, 1942: 9,580,000+
In Wehrmacht Service*, 1943: 11,280,000+
In Wehrmacht Service*, 1944: 12,070,000+
In Wehrmacht Service*, 1945: 9,701,000+
Total in Wehrmacht Service, 6.01.39-5.31.40: 4,894,200+
Total in Wehrmacht Service, 6.01.40-5.31.41: 2,493,300+
Total in Wehrmacht Service, 6.01.41-5.31.42: 3,098,400+
Total in Wehrmacht Service, 6.01.42-5.31.43: 3,470,200+
Total in Wehrmacht Service, 6.01.43-5.31.44: 2,645,500+
Total in Wehrmacht Service, 6.01.44-4.30.44: 1,291,600+
Total in Wehrmacht Service 1939-1945: 17,893,200
Total Wehmacht KIA 1939-1945: 2,230,324
Total Wehmacht MIA 1939-1945: 2,870,404
Total Wehrmacht WIA 9.01.39 -12.31.44: 5,240,000
Total Wehrmacht Casualties 1939-1945: 10,340,728

Heer

In Heer Service, 1939: 3,737,000+
In Heer Service, 1940: 4,550,000+
In Heer Service, 1941: 5,000,000+
In Heer Service, 1942: 5,800,000+
In Heer Service, 1943: 6,550,000+
In Heer Service, 1944: 6,510,000+
In Heer Service, 1945: 5,300,000+
In Heer Service, Total 1939-1945: 13,000,000+
Heer Desertions, 1939 - 1945: ??
Heer KIA/MIA, 1939 - 1945: 1,600,000+
Heer WIA, 1939 - 1945: 4,175,000+
Heer Casualties, 1939-1945: 5,775,000+

Luftwaffe

In Luftwaffe Service, 1939: 400,000+
In Luftwaffe Service, 1940: 1,200,000+
In Luftwaffe Service, 1941: 1,680,000+
In Luftwaffe Service, 1942: 1,700,000+
In Luftwaffe Service, 1943: 1,700,000+
In Luftwaffe Service, 1944: 1,500,000+
In Luftwaffe Service, 1945: 1,000,000+
In Luftwaffe Service, Total 1939-1945: 3,400,000+
Luftwaffe Desertions, 9.01.39 - 4.30.45: 120
Luftwaffe KIA, 9.01.39 - 4.30.45: 165,014
Luftwaffe MIA, 9.01.39 - 4.30.45: 155,450
Luftwaffe WIA, 9.01.39 - 12.31.44: 192,594
Luftwaffe Casulaties, 1939-1945: 485,000+

Kriegsmarine

In Kriegsmarine Service, 1939: 50,000+
In Kriegsmarine Service, 1940: 250,000+
In Kriegsmarine Service, 1941: 404,000+
In Kriegsmarine Service, 1942: 580,000+
In Kriegsmarine Service, 1943: 780,000+
In Kriegsmarine Service, 1944: 810,000+
In Kriegsmarine Service, 1945: 700,000+
In Kriegsmarine Service, Total 1939-1945 1,500,000+
Kreigsmarine Desertions, 9.01.39 - 4.30.45: 150
Kriegsmarine KIA, 9.01.39 - 4.30.45: 65,029
Kriegsmarine MIA, 9.01.39 - 4.30.45: 105,256
Kriegsmarine WIA, 9.01.39 - 12.31.44: 21,002
Kriegsmarine Casualties, 1939-1945: 191,287+

Waffen-SS

In SS-V Service, 1939: 35,000+
In Waffen-SS Service, 1940: 50,000+
In Waffen-SS Service, 1941: 150,000+
In Waffen-SS Service, 1942: 230,000+
In Waffen-SS Service, 1943: 450,000+
In Waffen-SS Service, 1944: 600,000+
In Waffen-SS Service, 1945: 830,000+
In Waffen-SS Service, Total: 1,000,000+
Waffen-SS Desertions, 1939-1945: ??
Waffen-SS KIA/MIA, 1939-1945: 250,000
Waffen-SS WIA, 1939-1945: 400,00
Waffen-SS Casualties, 1939-1945: 650,000+

KIA/MIA/WIA, by Campaigns

German KIA, Polish Campaign: 16,343
German MIA, Polish Campaign: 320
German WIA, Polish Campaign: 27,280


German KIA, Norwegian Campaign: 4,975
German MIA, Norwegian Campaign: 691
German WIA, Norwegian Campaign: 1,600


German KIA, French Campaign: 46,000+
German MIA, French Campaign: 1,000+
German WIA, French Campaign: 111,640


German KIA, the West to 5.31.44: 20,000+
German MIA, the West to 5.31.44: 1,700+
German WIA, the West to 5.31.44:  ??


German KIA, Balkan Campaign: 1,206
German MIA, Balkan Campaign: 3,915
German WIA, Balkan Campaign: 534


German KIA, Balkans 1941 - 11.30.44: 24,267
German KIA, Balkans 1941 - 11.30.44: 12,060
German KIA, Balkans 1941 - 11.30.44: ??


German KIA, Eastern Front 1941 - 11.30.44: 1,419,728
German MIA, Eastern Front 1941 - 11.30.44: 997.056
German WIA, Eastern Front 1941 - 11.30.44: 3,498,060


German KIA, Afrika Campaign 1940 - 5.43: 12,808
German MIA, Afrika Campaign 1940 - 5.43: 90,052
German WIA, Afrika Campaign 1940 - 4.43 ??


German KIA, Italian Campaign 1943 - 11.30.44: 47,873
German MIA, Italian Campaign 1943 - 11.30.44: 97,154
German WIA, Italian Campaign 1943 - 11.30.44: 163,600


German KIA, the West 6.06.44 - 11.30.44: 66,266
German MIA, the West 6.06.44 - 11.30.44: 338,933
German WIA, the West 6.06.44 - 11.30.44: 399,860


German KIA, Home Front 1939 - 11.30.44: 64,055
German MIA, Home Front 1939 - 11.30.44: 1,315
German WIA, Home Front 1939 - 11.30.44: ??

KIA/MIA, by Month 9.39 - 11.44

KIA | MIA
September 1939
16,436 | 375
October 1939
1,834 | 8
November 1939
1,834 | 6
December 1939
1,016 | ?

KIA/MIA 1940

January 1940
877 | ?
February 1940
747 | 75
March 1940
1,087 | 6
April 1940
2,564 | 358
May 1940
21,602 | 850
June 1940
26,583 | 118
July 1940
2,204 | 20
August 1940
1,842 | ?
September 1940
1,635 | 87
October 1940
1,348 | 120
November 1940
1,221 | 89
December 1940
1,206 | 14

KIA/MIA 1941

January 1941
1,396 | 100
February 1941
1,347 | 86
March 1941
1,578 | 97
April 1941
3,580 | 560
May 1941
2,807 | 500
June 1941
22,000 | 900
July 1941
51,000 | 3,200
August 1941
52,800 | 3,500
September 1941
45,300 | 2,100
October 1941
42,400 | 1,900
November 1941
28,200 | 4,600
December 1941
39,000 | 10,453

KIA/MIA 1942

January 1942
44,400 | 10,100
February 1942
44,500 | 4,100
March 1942
44,900 | 3,600
April 1942
25,600 | 1,500
May 1942
29,600 | 3,600
June 1942
31,500 | 2,100
July 1942
36,000 | 3,700
August 1942
54,100 | 7,300
September 1942
44,300 | 3,400
October 1942
25,500 | 2,600
November 1942
24,900 | 12,100
December 1942
38,022 | 40.500

KIA/MIA 1943

January 1943
37,000 | 127,596
February 1943
42,000 | 15,500
March 1943
38,115 | 5,208
April 1943
15,300 | 3,500
May 1943
16,200 | 74,500
June 1943
13,400 | 1,300
July 1943
57,800 | 18,300
August 1943
58,000 | 26,400
September 1943
48,788 | 21,923
October 1943
47,036 | 16,783
November 1943
40,167 | 17,886
December 1943
35,290 | 14,712

KIA/MIA 1944

January 1944
44,500 | 22,000
February 1944
41,200 | 19,544
March 1944
44,600 | 27,600
April 1944
34,000 | 13,000
May 1944
24,400 | 22,000
June 1944
26,000 | 32,000
July 1944
59,000 | 310,000
August 1944
64,000 | 407,640
September 1944
42,400 | 67,200
October 1944
46,000 | 79,200
November 1944
31,865 | 69,534


See also: Detailed stats on all German AFVs | Detailed stats on all German Tube-fired Weapons

*Includes Wehrmachgefolge - those considered armed forces auxiliaries and in the direct employement, assistance or aid of the Wehrmacht, but not considered part of the Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine or Waffen-SS. Inlcudes those from groups such as the RAD, NSKK, OT, etc.

A word of caution regarding these numbers; there is no one single source for statistics and data on German casualties or service totals during WWII. As a result, numerous sources were checked and double checked to gather this information, and although some of the numbers seem to work out correctly, others do not. Taken together, these numbers should not represent an exacting view, but a more general one in which the trends and hardships can easily been seen. Those numbers with a '+' indicate a number that is not exact. We will likely never know exact numbers for all the headings listed above.



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