I'm sick to death of every ANZAC day, Rememberence day or VE or VJ day (VP day can kiss my hairy arse) celebrating the non combatant, the civillian or some other contributer here's some stats on Allied casualties in the stupid massacre that was WW1. From a book called "British Butchers and Bunglers of WW1" One of the opening chapters outlines some oustanding casualties from the first world war. I thought y'all might be interested in the casualty rates that almost claimed a generation of Britsh, French, Australian and Kiwi troops. Some stats are poms, but pretty amazing nonetheless. - At the end of the First Ypres, 18 November 1914, the British Expeditionary Force had virtually ceased to exist. Of the first 100,000 soldiers who had gone to France in August, on third lay dead. The average strength of the original battalions was 1 officer and 40 men, instead of 40 officers and 1,000 men. - During Second Krithia, Gallipoli, 8 May 1915 the 2nd Australian Brigade went into an assualt with 2,900 men and lost 1,056 including 16 officers killed and 32 wounded. In the 6th Battalion only one of the original combatant officers were left. - On the 9th May 1915 at Aubers Ridge in French Flanders, just 15 German Companies and 22 machine guns stopped three attacking British brigades - about 10,000 men. Only 50 men of the 1st Black Watch reached the enemy parapets. Total British Casualties were 27,000. The strategic gain was nil. - On the first day of the battle of Loos, 15th Division lost 60 percent of it's men. The 6th Cameron Highlanders went into action with 28 officers and 1,005 men. One junior officer survived to bring out 40 men. On the second day 12 fresh battalions, roughly 10,000 men in all, launched a new attack. In 210 minutes fighting they had lost 385 officers and 7,861 men. - In one night's fighting at Fromelles in French Flanders, the Australian 5th Division suffered 5,533 casualties, more than a quarter of it's strength. - In six weeks on Pozieres Ridge, July - August 1916, The Australian 1st, 2nd and 3rd divisions lost 23,000 men killed or wounded. General Haig said: "Lucky their losses have been fairly small". - More than half of all surviving British and Empire soldiers on the western front were wounded in battle. This does not include deaths through illness etc. Anyway, something to think about. Anybody here have any relatives they should be especially proud of tomorrow?