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Question #6139 posted on 06/14/2004 4:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How many soldiers died on Dday?


A: Dear unknown,

Completely accurate death counts are difficult because of the chaos of war. I found estimates that could give numbers anywhere between 5,000 and 12,000 if both German and Allied losses are included. One difficulty is confusion over the word "casualty" which can refer to dead, wounded, missing, and captured, but is mistakenly used or intepreted as a death count. So I've had to weed through several sources to try to get a relatively accurate count.

Carol Tuckwiller, a researcher for the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, has been combing records for names of allied dead for several years. Currently, the count of confirmed names is about 4,200 and she estimates that they'll end up with a total of about 4,500 when the project is through sometime next year. However, it is impossible to ever get an exact figure. Figures for German troops are even more difficult to find. Casualties are estimated at between 4,000 and 9,000.