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This Video Is a Staggering Visualization of How Many People Died in WWII

It's 18 minutes that's well worth your time today.

On D-Day, when we remember the almost unbelievable amount of effort that went into storming the beaches of Normandy and winning the war, it's hard to even get your head around the number of people who died during World War II. This great animation by Neil Halloran tries to put the astonishing losses—both civilian and military—in perspective.

Says io9:

The video (it's well worth the time to watch), titled "The Fallen of World War II," is divided into three sections. The first is an analysis of soldier fatalities by nation, while the second tackles civilian deaths (including the Holocaust). The final section provides a fascinating and illuminating overarching perspective of WWII in the context of previous conflicts and those that followed.

Thanks to the clever ways that Halloran displays the data, you can get a feel for the enormity of death and destruction. Around 400,000 American soldiers died in the war, which is staggering. But then you see that figured dwarfed by the astronomical numbers of lives lost among the Nazis and the Soviets on the Eastern Front at battles like Stalingrad.


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