CASUALTIES: The Cost Goes Up

After 31 months of World War II, the U.S. had reached a milestone: battle casualties had finally passed the total suffered in the 19 months of World War I. The count: in War I—259,288 killed, wounded and prisoners;* in War II—262,179.

An official Army tabulation also showed the U.S.'s most expensive campaign to date: North Africa, with 80,886 casualties. Other campaigns:

Philippines 31,285

European 30,095

Southwest Pacific 10,858

South Pacific 10,168

Central Pacific 3,119

Middle East 2,895

North American 2,566

Asiatic 1,700

* Noncombat casualties (105,512) are usually included in World War I figures.

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