Australian casualties of World War II
Over 27,000 Australians were killed and 23,000 wounded in action during World War II. In addition, hundreds more servicemen and women were killed and injured in accidents during the war.
Casualties by service
|War against Germany|
|Killed in action||900||2610||5036||8546|
|Died of wounds||3||700||58||761|
|Died of wounds while POW||56||9||65|
|Died of sickness or injury while POW||95||95|
|Presumed died while POW||91||14||105|
|POW escaped, recovered or repatriated||25||6874||1020||7919|
|Wounded and injured in action (cases)||26||8925||529||9480|
|War against Japan|
|Killed in action||840||6294||1140||8274|
|Died of wounds||41||1090||65||1196|
|Died of wounds while POW||50||50|
|Died of sickness or injury while POW||5336||5336|
|Presumed died while POW||116||2391||138||2645|
|POW escaped, recovered or repatriated||238||13872||235||14345|
|Wounded and injured in action (cases)||553||13191||253||13997|
|All theatres of war|
|Killed in action||1740||8904||6176||16820|
|Died of wounds||44||1790||123||1957|
|Died of wounds while POW||0||106||9||115|
|Died of sickness or injury while POW||0||5431||0||5431|
|Presumed died while POW||116||2482||152||2750|
|POW escaped, recovered or repatriated||263||20746||1255||22264|
|Wounded and injured in action (cases)||579||22116||782||23477|
The Australian Army suffered 1,165 killed and died of injuries in operational areas and a further 33,396 soldiers were wounded or injured. Casualties in non-operational areas were also significant, with 2,051 soldiers being killed or dying of injuries and 121,800 being wounded or injured. These figures also exclude deaths and illnesses from natural causes. The RAN suffered 177 non-battle casualties and the RAAF 6,271.
- Long (1963), pg 633–634.
- Long (1963), pg 635.
- Beaumont, Joan (2001). Australian Defence: Sources and Statistics. The Australian Centenary History of Defence. Volume VI. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-554118-9.
- Long, Gavin (1963). The Final Campaigns. Australia in the War of 1939–1945. Series 1 – Army. Canberra: Australian War Memorial.