German Casualties - Eastern Front vs. Western Front

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German Casualties - Eastern Front vs. Western Front

Post by fortchoteau » 09 Sep 2015 02:39

Does anyone have the figures for German casualties on the Eastern Front vs. Western Front during the war? I am really interested to see the difference.

Thanks,

CJW

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Re: German Casualties - Eastern Front vs. Western Front

Post by Latze » 13 Sep 2015 21:47

These figures are from the official report of the German army's medical service, published in 1935.
SanB.pdf
If you are unable to read or translate the headings dop me a line.

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Re: German Casualties - Eastern Front vs. Western Front

Post by Art » 14 Sep 2015 14:37

Thank you for posting this. I wonder how they count the war year, beginning from 1 August, I guess? Curiously, until the autumn of 1916 German casualties on the Eastern Front in proportion to the number of men were not smaller than in the West despite Russian weakness in artillery and ammunition.

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Re: German Casualties - Eastern Front vs. Western Front

Post by Latze » 14 Sep 2015 22:06

Art wrote:Thank you for posting this. I wonder how they count the war year, beginning from 1 August, I guess? Curiously, until the autumn of 1916 German casualties on the Eastern Front in proportion to the number of men were not smaller than in the West despite Russian weakness in artillery and ammunition.
The years are just the calendar years. I think the casualties were counted starting with the day each formation was considered "mobile" and started to report its strength to higher headquarters. The Sanitätsbericht mentions that the records in the first two months of the war are incomplete, especially for the units of 1st and 2nd army in France (no time for paperwork and a high number of stragglers because of some epic marches).

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Re: German Casualties - Eastern Front vs. Western Front

Post by mars » 15 Sep 2015 14:12

In Great War forum, PJA addressed German WWI loss at East Front based on sanitatsbericht

1914 : 149,418 ;
1915: 663,739;
1916 : 383,505;
1917 : 238,581;
1918 : 33,568;

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Re: German Casualties - Eastern Front vs. Western Front

Post by fortchoteau » 20 Sep 2015 01:18

Thanks for the figures Mars!
What I am wondering is how do those Eastern Front figures compare with the ones from the Western Front when placed side by side.

CJW

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Re: German Casualties - Eastern Front vs. Western Front

Post by mars » 21 Sep 2015 14:54

I think it is about 2:1 in 1915, have no idea about other years, but you also need to remember Austria-Hungary suffer very heavy losses at East front too, they lost 1.8 million for all causes in 1915 alone.

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Re: German Casualties - Eastern Front vs. Western Front

Post by Latze » 21 Sep 2015 22:17

fortchoteau wrote:Thanks for the figures Mars!
What I am wondering is how do those Eastern Front figures compare with the ones from the Western Front when placed side by side.

CJW
Why don't you use the figures I posted? They include the comparison between Western and Eastern front as well as break down of types of casualties (KIA, WIA, sick, ...).

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