During WWII what was the leading cause of death?
I just realized that I was never told what caused the most deaths during World War Two. I would assume it was either bullet wounds or bombing? Maybe it was gassing but I doubt it. Also were there more natural deaths then deaths from the war? Thank you.
- robert2020Lv 65 months ago
Toward the end it was probably starvation. All deaths would include civilian. Going by your question.
- Anonymous5 months ago
- MercuryLv 75 months ago
Thanks to google you could have find out in a couple of minutes.
- robert xLv 75 months ago
Most people died of same sort of thing they do now, the unfortunate ones died from war related injuries, others died of malnutrition.
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- curtisports2Lv 75 months ago
Deaths are broken down by military deaths from all causes, and civilian deaths are further broken down by deaths due to military action/war crimes and deaths by famine/disease. Military deaths are not broken down by shooting, bombing, death at sea or any other military cause.
Civilian deaths from famine/disease, and all numbers are estimates and the so-called experts don't agree on everything, are pretty close to the total deaths for the military. Both of those numbers are significantly less than the totals for civilian deaths due to military action/war crimes.
- staisilLv 75 months ago
Disease, famine and crimes against humanity
- Elaine MLv 75 months ago
Infection ranked very high. I'm assuming you're talking about soldiers, not general population?
- bluLv 75 months ago
The biggest cause of death was disease and starvation.
- Anonymous6 months ago
Depends where you were. In the Siege of Leningrad 1 million died of starvation during the 3 year blockade of the city.
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 76 months ago
It depends on who you read, who you believe.
Believe it or not, starvation was a major cause of death, if not THE major cause of death. Armies coming through an area ate all the food! Of course more civilians and innocent bystanders died than soldiers--also true in modern wars (Afghanistan, Iraq).
Another huge cause of death was bombing. Bombsights were not very 'precision' in those days. so they'd just cover a whole area with bombs.
Finally, more American soldiers died in WWII from diseases than from bullets or bombs or shrapnel.