Overall British Enlisted:
British Army

Royal Air Force


Royal Navy

British Military Nursing Service


Overall Deaths 450,900
Wounded in action

Prisoners of war

Civilian deaths


British casualty rate0.94%

Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Annual Report 2013-2014

[Stats provided are for general information purposes only.]



Britain, Declares War on Germany.
3rd September 1939.


Italy enters the war as a member of the Axis powers,
10th June 1940.


The Japanese attack the US Navy in Pearl Harbor. The next day the US enters World War II on the side of the Allies.
7th December 1941.


D-day and the Normandy invasion. Allied forces invade France and push back the Germans.
6th June 1944.


Germany surrenders to the Allies.
7th May 1945.


Enola Gay drops first atomic bomb "Little Boy" on Hiroshima.
6th August 1945.


General Douglas MacArthur

Japan surrenders to US General Douglas MacArthur and the Allies, aboard USS Missouri.
2nd September 1945.

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"Germany Surrenders" unconditionally to the Allies 7th May 1945 at Reims, France.

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15 08, 2024

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Picture: Header, Original Caption: Down the ramp of a Coast Guard Landing barge Yankee soldiers storm toward the beach-sweeping fire of Nazi defenders in the D-Day Invasion of the French Coast. Troops ahead may be seen lying flat under the deadly machine gun resistance of the Germans. Soon the Nazis were driven back under the overwhelming Invasion forces thrown in from Coast Guard and Navy amphibious craft.
[Courtesy of National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS)(513173)] Public Domain Mark 1.0 (Edited: Artistic Blur by Graeme Watson, 2016)