I think the numbers above say a lot. To an average citizen of these countries it was not as important which country had the best fighter planes or the first bomb, but the loss of human lives was what counted, loss of the loved ones. Imagine: 10% of the population... or 25 million people from one country...
Originally posted by stevey
worse than that i feel is the contribution of the Free Poles being neglected. The Poles suffered more than most, losing >10% of the population killed (6.5 million) and being effectively taken over by communism after the war. few Free Poles were able to return to the country they fought for, due to the communists, so most settled throughout Europe, mainly Britain.
thats why we have a large Polish minority, god bless em all...
current figures believed to be-"from The times-atlas of WWII"
25 million soviets
up to 10 million Chinese civilians, 1,324,000 Chinese soldiers.