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The cost and ending of the war

The human toll of the Second World War

Between 1937 and 1945, between 60 and 70 million people lost their lives, including between 44 and 50 million civilians.

The sheer enormity of the means of destruction employed over several continents, the massacres never brought to light and the mixture of civilians and military victims of sometimes ill-defined status, are just a few of the reasons why it is impossible to make a truly accurate estimate of how many people lost their lives.