World War 1 Casualties As A Percentage of Pre-War Population

Map created by reddit user lanson15

The War to End All Wars. World War 1. A deeply crony war. A rich man’s war. A war with a legacy that remains with us to this day.

(From Brilliant Maps)

The map above reveals a rather shocking aspect of the First World War. While most people in Western Europe and North America focus on the trench warfare in Northern France and Belgium, it shows that Western European countries were nowhere close to suffering the worst casualty rates in the war.

Instead, you have to look south to the country where the fighting began, Serbia. Depending on sources, Serbia’s death rate during the war could have been as high as 27.78% or up to 1.25 million people.

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