What was the deadliest battle in world history?
The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was a major battle on the Eastern Front of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in Southern Russia, on the eastern boundary of Europe.The heavy losses inflicted on the German Wehrmacht make it arguably the most strategically decisive battle of the whole war. It was a turning point in the European theatre of World War II; German forces never regained the initiative in the East and withdrew a vast military force from the West to replace their losses.
- The Axis suffered 850,000 total casualties among all branches of the German armed forces and its allies.
- The USSR, according to archival figures, suffered 1,129,619 total casualties. This figure, however is considered low as the total number of civilians killed in Stalingrad is unknown.
The important information about the other variants:
- The Battle of Changping is perhaps the largest "formation battle" with ancient sources claiming 700,000 casualties.
- The Battle of Antietam saw 23,000 - 26,193 killed; the bloodiest single-day battle in American History.
- The Battle of Verdun was one of World War One's largest battles with an estimated 755,000 - 976,000 casualties.