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WW2 Germany Population, Statistics, and Numbers


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World War 2 German Population
German Population in 1933: 66,000,000+
Jewish Population in 1933: 503,000 - 505,000
German Population in 1938:
Germany only
68,000,000+
German Population in 1938:
includes Austria and Sudetenland
78,000,000+
German Population in 1939:
Germany only
69,600,000+
German Population in 1939:
includes Austria, Memeland and Sudetenland
80,600,000+
Jewish Population in 1939: 234,000
German Population in 1940:
Germany only
70,700,000+
German Population in 1940:
includes Austria, Memeland, Sudetenland and Poland
89,600,000+
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 (Nazi Germany Armed Forces)
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 (Nazi Germany Army)
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 (Nazy Germany Air Force)
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 (Nazi Germany Navy)
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+
Kriegsmarine 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 (Nazi Germany Schutzstaffel)
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, Campaigns in the West to 5.31.44: 20,000+
German MIA, Campaigns in the West to 5.31.44: 1,700+
German WIA, Campaigns in 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, Campaigns in the West 6.06.44 - 11.30.44: 66,266
German MIA, Campaigns in the West 6.06.44 - 11.30.44: 338,933
German WIA, Campaigns in 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 1939KIAMIA
September 1939 16,436 375
October 1939 1,834 8
November 1939 1,834 6
December 1939 1,016 ?
KIA/MIA 1940KIAMIA
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 1941KIAMIA
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 1942KIAMIA
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 1943KIAMIA
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 1944KIAMIA
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

*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.