The Russians have claimed that during the WW2, they lost 28 million people in 47 months of war. That’s 14 people every minute, day and night, and until the end of the war. Is that possible?
Well, 26.6 million, but that’s irrelevant.Yes. Don’t forget that majority of these numbers were civilians and POWs in German captivity.Soviet Army total irrecoverable losses are established at 11.300.000. If count by military commissariat's registries, there are slightly more “death certificates” (12 millions 400 thousand), but this can be explained by doubled registries, inaccuracies in record-keeping (yes, a lot of people were considered dead twice and more). All in all, total numbers of Soviet army losses were 11–12 millions, i.e. slightly less than half of total losses. Others are civilians, paramilitary and other irregulars, dead in captivity, on occupied territories or elsewhere due to starvation and raised mortality rates. Technically, in “26.6 mil” number normal mortality rate for 1940 year is taken as “normal”. Everything above is considered war-related, be it death in death camp or from starvation and disease safe behind Soviet lines. Wars do tend to raise mortality rates in population, have you noticed?People die on the front line. This is “normal”. They died on both sides on unprecedental scale, but that’s not the case. People die later, from diseases and wounds. Wars cause starvation and diseases, lower birth rates, higher infant mortality (this was also counted). Wars require all people to work at their limits, be it on front or on the homefront. And it is obvious that a lot of people just can’t make it in such tempo. Usually old and weak die first. Especially those, employed in hard, mortal labour by Germans, sent to Germany and those who remained on occupied territories. Read “Babiy Yar” at least, about author’s personal childhood memories about life in occupied Kiev. They all starved, the only difference was that some people starved mortally, and others starved just “very hard”. In such conditions even slightest mistreatment from Germans could cause a lot of deaths simply because civilians were already too weak, and Germans mistreated them a lot! The author is obvious anti-Soviet (this is just for those who would definitely cry “Soviet Propaganda! Germans gave Ukrainians freedom from bolshevist tyranny! They were nice!”). Yeah. Definitely. Their “freedom” was so good that civilians recalled days of Holodomor with nostalgia and even those who welcomed Germans at first, later reconsidered their first view. And German were also notorious for their methodical, punctual methods of extermination. Death camps were working day and night. Einsatzgruppen were deployed day and night. It is considered that german organised extermination efforts alone are responsible for at least 7,5 millions of dead civilians.So, what’s the conclusion? The conclusion is: during WW2 every minute people were fighting. Soldiers were killed. Soldiers died in hospitals. Soldiers died in POW camps from diseases, extermination, starvation and mistreatment. Civilians were killed during warfare. Civilians died from war-related diseases. Civilians died from starvation. Civilians were exterminated, sent on a suicide marches to concentration camps without proper conditions (of course they won’t survive that), civilians died from the mistreatment of occupational forces. After all, civilians killed each other due to increased crime rates (did you count them too?). We must count all deaths, caused by war, direct or indirect. Even newborn babies in Siberian villages that fell ill because they had not enough food (all food to the Front and Soldiers!) and later died because they had no medications (all medications to the soldiers, they need it more!) are also in that list.Just for the reference, in the USA in 2021 5,2 people died per minute. Number 1 economy in the world, world’s superpower, in a peacetime. Do you find it “too high” that numbers for a country in a state of total war of extermination in the age when medical technologies were not as developed as today are higher only by 2.6 times?I don’t.