The civilian dead made up approximately 7 million of this total although this disregards those who were conscripted, and those who volunteered under false pretences. These numbers mean little until we consider that every one of them was a human life, with family, friends and loved ones. These were people who were sent into a nightmare and never returned home.
“If it be life that waits, I shall live forever unconquered. If death, I shall die at last, strong in my pride and free.”
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