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arcadeace
01-09-2004, 08:52 PM
The first Battle of the Somme, France from 1 July to 19 November 1916. The battle recorded the greatest number of military casualties at 1,043,896. 623,907 were Allied and the rest German.

Other Facts:

The most costly war or record in terms of human life was the World War II (1939 -1945). The total number of fatalities of all countries is estimated to have been 54,800,000. Poland was the country that suffered most with 6,028,000 of her population of 35,100,000 killed. In World War I the total combatant death toll was 9,700,000. The figure rouse to 15,600,000 in World War II.

During WWII, Americans tried to train bats to drop bombs. They failed.

In 1969 the Navy spent $375,000 on an "aerodynamic analysis of the self-suspended flare." The study's conclusion was that the Frisbee was not feasible as military hardware.

The USA spends an average of $28,000 on research and development for each member of its armed forces compared to the European average of $7,000.

The most decorated unit in US military history was formed primarily by enlistees from the U.S. internment camps for Japanese Americans

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arcadeace
01-09-2004, 08:52 PM
The first Battle of the Somme, France from 1 July to 19 November 1916. The battle recorded the greatest number of military casualties at 1,043,896. 623,907 were Allied and the rest German.

Other Facts:

The most costly war or record in terms of human life was the World War II (1939 -1945). The total number of fatalities of all countries is estimated to have been 54,800,000. Poland was the country that suffered most with 6,028,000 of her population of 35,100,000 killed. In World War I the total combatant death toll was 9,700,000. The figure rouse to 15,600,000 in World War II.

During WWII, Americans tried to train bats to drop bombs. They failed.

In 1969 the Navy spent $375,000 on an "aerodynamic analysis of the self-suspended flare." The study's conclusion was that the Frisbee was not feasible as military hardware.

The USA spends an average of $28,000 on research and development for each member of its armed forces compared to the European average of $7,000.

The most decorated unit in US military history was formed primarily by enlistees from the U.S. internment camps for Japanese Americans

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SUPERAEREO
01-09-2004, 09:07 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> The most decorated unit in US military history was formed primarily by enlistees from the U.S. internment camps for Japanese Americans

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Is that true..?

tenmmike
01-09-2004, 09:10 PM
yes the 442nd Regimental Combat Team although most of its officers were Caucasians.

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NegativeGee
01-09-2004, 09:30 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by arcadeace:
Other Facts:

The most costly war or record in terms of human life was the World War II (1939 -1945). The total number of fatalities of all countries is estimated to have been 54,800,000. Poland was the country that suffered most with 6,028,000 of her population of 35,100,000 killed. In World War I the total combatant death toll was 9,700,000. The figure rouse to 15,600,000 in World War II.
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Random facts thread... yay!

The second most bloody conflict in human history was the T'ai-P'ing Rebellion (1851-1864). Anywhere between 20 and 40 million Chinese perished in this conflict. The defeated Rebel leader, Hung Hsiu-ch'uan believed he was Christ's younger brother.

The bloodiest single day in England was the battle of Towton Moor, 1461. Fought in heavy snow, anywhere between 20000 and 28000 died in this Yorkist victory. Much of the slaughter occured when the retreating Lancastrians were caught in a field as they tried to cross a river, known there after as the Bloody Meadow.

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warweapon2
01-09-2004, 10:24 PM
Actually, the bat's were the bombs... they had incendairy explosives on em... They were gonna be dropped on Japan (Wood house + burning bat = lots of destruction).

ElektroFredrik
01-10-2004, 04:13 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>
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During WWII, Americans tried to train bats to drop bombs. They failed.

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Some time after WW2 US Navy tried to train
dolphins to put bombs on enemy ships.
Not very successfull as the (very clever)
dolphins simply put the bombs on the Navy's
own ships. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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jamieandnici
01-10-2004, 04:33 AM
Talking about animals trained to be living weapons, did you know the Russians trained dogs to run under German tanks during WW2. They had anti tank mines strapped to their backs and were trained to look for their food under heavily armoured vehicles. The only snag was that they forgot to train them on tank recognition and on a few occasions some of the dogs made a run for it towards their own Russian tanks. Unfortunately as the Germans got wind of this tactical ploy of lot of dogsa were shot on site before they could get within close enough range to detonate the mine. Weird things do happen to a mans mind when confrinted with annihilation !!!

JG69_Koenig
01-10-2004, 07:16 AM
One has to be wary of statistics, not because the figures aren't accurate, but more the interpretation thereof, and context http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

In fact, the country which "suffered most" i.e. with the highest ratio of killed over the total population, is the Ukraine (more than 8 million). But as it was part of the Soviet Union it was not viewed as a seperate entity.

Around 3 million of the Poles were Jews and Gypsies that died in the Holocaust, so it all really depends if you consider death due to deportation in ethnic cleansing of an occupied territory as being a war casualty.

It also depends on what you call a battle. Sure, the battle of the Somme is a battle : starting and ending at precise dates and taking place at a precise spot. But what about (for example)Stalingrad ? It is also a battle that started when the Germans first came near it, ended when they surrendered, and took place at a specific spot. Is that a battle, or an operation ? It's up to you to decide. Fact is, around 2 million people died there then.

So it really depends on how you define things.

_Bootlegger_
01-10-2004, 07:52 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by arcadeace:
The first Battle of the Somme, France from 1 July to 19 November 1916. The battle recorded the greatest number of military casualties at 1,043,896. 623,907 were Allied and the rest German.

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The Somme had huge losses mainly due to a stubborn and egotistical leader (Haig) and by the sheer number of men thrown into the battle by both sides. It was also a fairly long battle by modern standards. Almost six months.
It must also be kept in mind that 58,000 British soldiers died on the first day of the battle alone.

Many died fighting for the Somme but given the huge number of men allocated to the battle the attrition rate for the battle was about 16%.

Since the begining of modern warfare (1812 to present) most wars hold an attrition rate of 4% - 20%. For every 100 men you send into battle there is a good chance that at least 80 of them will survive.

But then there was the American Civil War.
Taken from an attrition rate point of view it is in a league all it's own.
Some battles in that war saw attrition rates as high as 50% - 60%.
The overall attrition rate for that conflict is placed at around 40% - 50%.
So while the American Civil War didn't set any records for total number of losses it must certainly be concidered the bloodiest war of all time.

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p1ngu666
01-10-2004, 10:30 AM
cambodia had a bloody time under pol pot, 1/3 of population murdered. and most of the time tortured etc before.

vast amount of men died in alot of battles, its scary

StellarRat
01-10-2004, 10:53 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Cdn.401SHRIKE:
But then there was the American Civil War.
Taken from an attrition rate point of view it is in a league all it's own.
Some battles in that war saw attrition rates as high as 50% - 60%.
The overall attrition rate for that conflict is placed at around 40% - 50%.
So while the American Civil War didn't set any records for total number of losses it must certainly be concidered the bloodiest war of all time.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>Us Americans really know how to fight don't we?