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  • New Zealand suffered the highest casualties, per capita, during WWI - Yale professor

    "Renowned historian Jay Winter has told Newshub he believes New Zealand suffered far more proportionally than any other country in the British Empire during World War I. Mr Winter is a leading history professor at the prestigious Yale University and a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century.
    He says New Zealand's high casualty rate marks it out from other former British Dominions such as Australia, Canada, South Africa and India.
    During the war, New Zealand had a young population of just over 1 million people. Of those, 100,000 saw active service overseas with 18,500 dying and 41,000 being wounded.
    So almost 10 percent of New Zealand's total population fought in the war, and 60 percent of those Kiwi soldiers became casualties (killed or wounded). Professor Winter said."


    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-ze...professor.html

  • #2
    Not belitteling Kiwi"s suffering during WWI but i am pretty sure that Serbia suffered way more losses by capita than NZ
    Turkey too
    And possibly Romania

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mordoror View Post
      Not belitteling Kiwi"s suffering during WWI but i am pretty sure that Serbia suffered way more losses by capita than NZ
      Turkey too
      And possibly Romania
      Mordoror, reading comprehension, homey...

      Renowned historian Jay Winter has told Newshub he believes New Zealand suffered far more proportionally than any other country in the British Empire during World War I

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mordoror View Post
        Not belitteling Kiwi"s suffering during WWI but i am pretty sure that Serbia suffered way more losses by capita than NZ
        Turkey too
        And possibly Romania
        We would need to know the total population, young and actively serving at the time of Serbia and its casualties and wounded to compare.
        Wikipedia surely? Their article are usually reliable and accurate regarding most wars and death toll.

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        • #5
          Serbia, thankfully for fashion's sake at least, has never been in the British Empire.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ATSzmrots View Post

            Mordoror, reading comprehension, homey...
            Well done Stormy.

            Reading before posting. Always a reminder.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ATSzmrots View Post

              Mordoror, reading comprehension, homey...
              Good catch, my bad. Although the title is still misleading, the content of the text is more clear and precise

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              • #8
                As a sign of our appreciation we donated 35000 Dutch people after WWII (about 75% stayed, 25% came back or moved on to AUS).

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mordoror View Post

                  Good catch, my bad. Although the title is still misleading, the content of the text is more clear and precise
                  It is misleading. My first thought on seeing the thread title was: I very much doubt that.

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                  • #10
                    WW2 reportedly NZ spent the most per capita on the right side. We didn't get materially damaged though.
                    End of the war we had a big air force.
                    Australia was a missed opportunity.

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                    • #11
                      How about British colonies losses - Newfoundland for one?

                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_casualties

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                      • #12
                        Quick scan of Connaught's linked article seems to indicate that the British Empire as a whole, had a higher casualty rate than the individual colonies. This would seem to indicate that the homeland forces took a higher rate of casualties. But, the Axis powers and also Serbia took bigger per capita losses.

                        The whole thing is horrible and tragic, and even more so when you think about what was to follow.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Euroamerican View Post
                          Quick scan of Connaught's linked article seems to indicate that the British Empire as a whole, had a higher casualty rate than the individual colonies. This would seem to indicate that the homeland forces took a higher rate of casualties. But, the Axis powers and also Serbia took bigger per capita losses.

                          The whole thing is horrible and tragic, and even more so when you think about what was to follow.
                          It’s irrespnsible to talk about the First World War without also talking about the second. Considering it was just a 20 year armistice.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Spartan10k View Post

                            It’s irrespnsible to talk about the First World War without also talking about the second. Considering it was just a 20 year armistice.
                            ....now that you are 30, the 20 year time period starts to look kind of short eh? Wait until you are 50 or 60. It will look like a nanosecond.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by commanding View Post

                              ....now that you are 30, the 20 year time period starts to look kind of short eh? Wait until you are 50 or 60. It will look like a nanosecond.
                              I’m a student of history. Even a century is relatively short when you’re talking millennia.

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