List of wars by death toll

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This list of wars by death toll includes death toll estimates of all deaths that are either directly or indirectly caused by war. These numbers usually include both the deaths of military personnel which are the direct results of battle or other military wartime actions, as well as the wartime/war-related deaths of civilians, which are the results of war induced epidemics, diseases, famines, atrocities, genocide etc.

List of wars by death toll with over 1,000,000 deaths[edit]

Name of War Death Toll Date Notes
World War II 60,000,000–85,000,000 1939–1945 see World War II casualties
Mongol conquests 40,000,000–70,000,000 1206–1324 [1][2][3][4]
Three Kingdoms War 36,000,000–40,000,000 184–280 [5][6]
Qing dynasty conquest of Ming Dynasty 25,000,000 1616–1662 [7]
Taiping Rebellion 20,000,000 1850–1864 [8] – may be underestimated
Second Sino-Japanese War 20,000,000 1937–1945 [9] – Part of World War II
World War I/Great War 17,000,000 1914–1918 see World War I casualties
An Lushan Rebellion 13,000,000 755–763 [10] – may be underestimated
Chinese Civil War 7,500,000 1927–1949 [11]
Conquests of Tamerlane 7,000,000–20,000,000 1370–1405 [12][13]
Russian Civil War and Foreign Intervention 5,000,000–9,000,000 1917–1922 [14]
Dungan revolt 8,000,000-10,000,000 1862–1877
Napoleonic Wars 3,500,000–6,000,000 1803–1815 see Napoleonic Wars casualties
Thirty Years' War 3,000,000–11,500,000 1618–1648 [15]
Second Congo War/Great War of Africa 2,500,000–5,400,000 1998–2003 [16][17][18][19]
Goguryeo-Sui War 2,000,000 At Least 598-614 [20] - Korean(Goguryeo) and civilian casualties are not included.
French Wars of Religion 2,000,000–4,000,000 1562–1598 [21] – also known as Huguenot Wars
Shaka's conquests 2,000,000 1816–1828 [22]
Korean War 1,200,000 1950–1953 [23]
Conquests of Mehmed II 'the Conqueror' 873,000 1451-1481 [24] – may either be underestimated or overestimated
Vietnam War/Second Indochina War 800,000–3,800,000 1955–1975 [24] [25][26]
Mexican Revolution 1,000,000–2,000,000 1910–1920 [27]
Siege of Jerusalem 1,100,000 73
Iran–Iraq War/First Persian Gulf War 1,000,000 1980–1988 [28]
Japanese invasions of Korea 1,000,000 1592–1598 [29]
Biafra War 1,000,000 1967-1970
Soviet war in Afghanistan 957,865–1,622,865 1979–1989 [30][31][32]
Seven Years' War 868,000–1,400,000 1756–1763 [33][34]

List of wars by death toll with fewer than 1,000,000 deaths[edit]

Charts and graphs[edit]


See also[edit]

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