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What was the worse case of Civilian casualies ever recorded during or in a war? It doesn't have to be the amount of people died but how they were treated for example the Holocaust victims were subject to starving and manual labor or The people of Nanking were massacred and raped,etc
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Easily anything from World War II. The holocaust, fire bombing, the nuclear bombs, etc. It was like everyone thought it was open season on civilians.
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Germans killed pretty much everyone not of use in the countries they invaded. The whole country was a frothing beast during WWII looking for Jews to kill.

Japan was ruthless to the people they colonized (e.g. comfort women, Rape of Nanking, American POW's the unwarranted attack on Pearl Harbor, etc)

America killed a lot of innocent civilians in the beginning of the Iraq War, which was basically an all out war, shoot and kill anything that moved, woman, man or child. Knee jerk reaction to 9/11 + anger = fire on everyone

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25 million Germans got turned into slave labor and axed in Russia in the end of WWII.

Operation Meetinghouse ruined Tokyo and killed 100K in a single raid.

Nanking Massacre killed who knows how many in a short period.

The thing about war is you'll never know how many died for sure. Also, you'll need to adjust the amount of people killed against population at the time.

The American Civil War killed off 2% of the population at the time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_of_war
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The most deadly military attacks in world history are:

Firebombing of Tokyo: March 10, 1945, US dropped firebombs (imagine a roman candle that sprayed napalm everywhere, and you'll get a general idea) on a wooden city in the middle of a wind storm. Immediate death toll between 90,000 and 200,000; homelessness and exposure surely killed many more.

Nuclear bombing of Hiroshima: August 6, 1945, US drops nuclear hydrogen bomb. Immediate death toll between 80,000 and 100,000; possibly as many as another 100,000 killed by radiation sickness.

Nuclear bombing of Nagasaki: August 9, 1945, US drops fusion bomb. Immediate death toll at least 25,000; including radiation sickness, estimates range up to 100,000.


Worst exterminations of human population (absolute numbers), if you include famine, are: (all are from 20th century, only because world wide population has increased so dramatically since the industrial revolution).

Mao's Great Society (1950s-1960s) in China
Hitler's quest for Leibenstraum (1940s) in Eastern Europe
Stalin's progroms and farming "reforms" (1930s to 1950s in USSR)

Good numbers don't exist for any of them, but all killed tens of millions.


Worst exterminations of human population (by percentage) since 1900--it's possible I'm missing some relatively small groups:

Rwandan Genocide (1990s): Mostly Hutu civilians--egged on by their own government--massacred up to 1 million of their Tutsi neighbors, mostly with machetes or arson. Death toll was about 20% of all Rwandans, or 70% of all Tutsi.

The Holocaust (1930s-40s): Hitler killed about 6 million Jews, about half of the Jews in the world, and about 2/3 of European Jews, through starvation and extermination. Likely a similar percentage of Europe's Roma population was destroyed as well.

Killing Fields of Cambodia (1970s): Pol Pot's child soldiers killed about 2 millions of their fellow citizens (through execution or deliberate starvation)--about 1/4 of all Cambodians.
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The U.S. did some messed up shit to Vietnamese civilians.
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mnmike wrote:

The most deadly military attacks in world history are:

Firebombing of Tokyo: March 10, 1945, US dropped firebombs (imagine a roman candle that sprayed napalm everywhere, and you'll get a general idea) on a wooden city in the middle of a wind storm. Immediate death toll between 90,000 and 200,000; homelessness and exposure surely killed many more.

Nuclear bombing of Hiroshima: August 6, 1945, US drops nuclear hydrogen bomb. Immediate death toll between 80,000 and 100,000; possibly as many as another 100,000 killed by radiation sickness.

Nuclear bombing of Nagasaki: August 9, 1945, US drops fusion bomb. Immediate death toll at least 25,000; including radiation sickness, estimates range up to 100,000.


Worst exterminations of human population (absolute numbers), if you include famine, are: (all are from 20th century, only because world wide population has increased so dramatically since the industrial revolution).

Mao's Great Society (1950s-1960s) in China
Hitler's quest for Leibenstraum (1940s) in Eastern Europe
Stalin's progroms and farming "reforms" (1930s to 1950s in USSR)

Good numbers don't exist for any of them, but all killed tens of millions.


Worst exterminations of human population (by percentage) since 1900--it's possible I'm missing some relatively small groups:

Rwandan Genocide (1990s): Mostly Hutu civilians--egged on by their own government--massacred up to 1 million of their Tutsi neighbors, mostly with machetes or arson. Death toll was about 20% of all Rwandans, or 70% of all Tutsi.

The Holocaust (1930s-40s): Hitler killed about 6 million Jews, about half of the Jews in the world, and about 2/3 of European Jews, through starvation and extermination. Likely a similar percentage of Europe's Roma population was destroyed as well.

Killing Fields of Cambodia (1970s): Pol Pot's child soldiers killed about 2 millions of their fellow citizens (through execution or deliberate starvation)--about 1/4 of all Cambodians.


Minor correction both of the bombs dropped on Japan were fission bombs barely in the kilotons of dynamite range.
Hydrogen Fusion Bombs are Megaton bomb and a completely different animal.

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mnmike wrote:

The most deadly military attacks in world history are:

Firebombing of Tokyo: March 10, 1945, US dropped firebombs (imagine a roman candle that sprayed napalm everywhere, and you'll get a general idea) on a wooden city in the middle of a wind storm. Immediate death toll between 90,000 and 200,000; homelessness and exposure surely killed many more.

Nuclear bombing of Hiroshima: August 6, 1945, US drops nuclear hydrogen bomb. Immediate death toll between 80,000 and 100,000; possibly as many as another 100,000 killed by radiation sickness.

Nuclear bombing of Nagasaki: August 9, 1945, US drops fusion bomb. Immediate death toll at least 25,000; including radiation sickness, estimates range up to 100,000.


Worst exterminations of human population (absolute numbers), if you include famine, are: (all are from 20th century, only because world wide population has increased so dramatically since the industrial revolution).

Mao's Great Society (1950s-1960s) in China
Hitler's quest for Lebensraum (1940s) in Eastern Europe
Stalin's progroms and farming "reforms" (1930s to 1950s in USSR)

Good numbers don't exist for any of them, but all killed tens of millions.


Worst exterminations of human population (by percentage) since 1900--it's possible I'm missing some relatively small groups:

Rwandan Genocide (1990s): Mostly Hutu civilians--egged on by their own government--massacred up to 1 million of their Tutsi neighbors, mostly with machetes or arson. Death toll was about 20% of all Rwandans, or 70% of all Tutsi.

The Holocaust (1930s-40s): Hitler killed about 6 million Jews, about half of the Jews in the world, and about 2/3 of European Jews, through starvation and extermination. Likely a similar percentage of Europe's Roma population was destroyed as well.

Killing Fields of Cambodia (1970s): Pol Pot's child soldiers killed about 2 millions of their fellow citizens (through execution or deliberate starvation)--about 1/4 of all Cambodians.


Sorry, had to. Please don't take this as insult.

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The entire 20th century.
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The Emu War https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emu_War
More than 50k+ casaulties. Very sad.
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Hard to say, because the first casualty of war is truth..
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