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Dead in prison camps

The day the writers were shot

Estimates based on fragmentary data

Some figures include those still missing

Military deaths from natural causes or suicide

Probably resulted from causes not related to battle

Figures in this column exclude those who died in captivity

Figures for deaths, exclude those who died of natural causes or suicide

5150 Allied merchant vessels were sunk during World War Two

The invention of the ship was the invention of the ship wreck

Dead or missing include the merchant marine service

Xerxes preferred to travel in a Phoenician warship

Beware a man who urges action in which he himself incurs no risk

The psychological walls that shelter our awareness and understanding of war need to be removed

Cost of fighting World War One - US$186 333 637 000
(approximately US$5 000 000 000 000 today)

Number of soldiers mobilized - 65 038 810

Number of Divisions mobilised - 1000

Killed or died of wounds - 8 538 315

Wounded - 21 219 452

Missing or taken prisoner - 7 750 919

Soldiers with No Known Grave - 314 176

Number of horses killed - over 8 000 000

The need for warriors is understandable if we consider them fighting for what is ours

Approximate Total Military & Civilian Deaths - World War Two

On average, nearly 30 000 people were being killed every day

Allies - 44 000 000

Axis - 11 000 000

Total - 55 000 000

Battle deaths - 15 000 000

Number of solders mobilized - approximately 70 000 000

15 000 000 to 20 000 000 males of military age died in World War Two

82% of Soviet males born in 1923 did not survive World War Two

About 1 000 000 of the 1 250 000 men serving with the German armed forces still listed as missing by 1955 were dead

Civilian figures do not include an estimated 2 384 000 German deaths during
1944–46 resulting from Soviet invasion and forced transfers of population in the eastern provinces given to Poland after the war

In Germany bombing and shelling had produced 4 000 000 000 (billion) cu metres of rubble

Analysis of a tank mission

The probability of overall success PSS = Pa x Ps x Pd x Ph x Pp x Pl x Pr

The tank has to be available at the appropriate time (Pa)

It must survive hostile activity long enough to launch its own attack (Ps)

The tank has to detect its target (Pd)

It must then succeed in hitting its target (Ph)

The hit must penetrate the target armour (Pp)

Lethal damage must be produced (Pl)

The above conditions are also subject to the whole offensive system functioning reliably (Pr)

Approximate equipment losses World War Two

Soviet Union: 96 500 to 100 000 tanks

Germany: 45 000 to 50 000 tanks

UK : 20 000 tanks

USA: 20 000 tanks

Italy: 3500 tanks

Japan: 3000 tanks

Cost of fighting World War Two - US$1 100 000 000 000 in 1945 dollars
(US$11 292 000 000 000 in 2005 dollars)

Development itself, the development of arms leads to the underdevelopment
of society

The preparation for war(s) is ultimately un-productive

The motivation for war is replaced in favour of an infinite preparation for war

We end up in a state of defeat without there ever having been a war

An infinite preparation which will eventually eliminate societies

The scientific and technological preparation for war

The non-development of civilian society

The narcissism of small differences

If there was something like us out there we would have killed it long ago

Number of Wars in the Twentieth Century - 250

Number of people killed in War (1901 – 2000) - 87 500 000

Number of Wars (1945 – 1995) - 194

Number killed in War (1945 – 1995) - 45 000 000

Number of Wars (1990 - 1995) - 93

Number killed in War (1990 – 1995) - 5 500 000

Number of people killed by terrorist attack (1990 -1999) - 2527

In the last five years, the odds of an American being killed in a terrorist attack
have been about 1 in 20 million (That is including both domestic attacks and
overseas attacks)

WTF

‘The chances of getting killed in a terrorist attack in Australia are close to zero’

Cost of the war in Iraq (2003-2017) about US$2 000 000 000 000 (trillion)

Cost of the war in Iraq (2003-2017) average US$133 000 000 000 (billion) per year

Cost of the Iraq War (2003-2017) average US$11 000 000 000 (billion) per month
for 180 months

The Afghan army costs US$12 000 000 000 (billion) per annum

Each Australian/US soldier in Afghanistan/Iraq cost about US$20 000 per week

Each Australian/US soldier in Afghanistan/Iraq cost about US$1 000 000 per year

The military knows all about civilians, but civilians know nothing about the military

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