The Fallen of World War II

An animated data-driven documentary about war and peace, The Fallen of World War II looks at the human cost of the second World War and sizes up the numbers to other wars in history, including trends in recent conflicts.

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Written, directed, coded, narrated by me, Neil Halloran.

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  1. My long overdue response to all the comments about the film's use of the phrase "Nazi soldiers." It was a mistake, and I regret it. When we recorded the narration for the other languages (available on the Vimeo account), I corrected it so that it states "German soldiers." I need to go into the recording studio and make the correction to the english version too (along with a handful of other corrections), but I have regrettably not yet done so.
    While it was certainly an error, I do not think it fits the comparisons many are making, i.e. that it is like calling American soldiers "Republican soldiers." I want to point out that in the case of Nazi Germany, it is correct to say Nazi invasions, led my Nazi commanders, which became Nazi occupations as part of a Nazi war effort. Calling soldiers of a Nazi war effort Nazi soldiers was a mistake, for sure, but a more complicated mistake than such analogies. As a personal note, I will say that I have close family members in Germany, and I feel that the transformation of the country after the war is a beautiful and inspiring story that we often take for granted. The word Nazi is often used to show separation between the German people today and a political movement of their past. In this case I screwed up and got it backwards.

  2. Сталин не должен был останавливать Красную Армию в Берлине, надо было дать красноармейцам отомстить немцам за всё, за Сталинград, Ленинград, за тысячи деревень, меньше чем за сутки вырезали бы Берлин, убили немцы 20 миллион советских людей,значит столько и немцев казнить. А то пожалели этих мразей.

  3. My great grandpa fought for the Hungarian army and fought at Kharkiv kiev Liviv Amd Stalingrad and at the siege of Budapest, all his brothers were killed during the war but he managed to escape Stalingrad and survive Budapest, he died at the age of 97 today, and watching this video made me think of him deeply. I didn’t think my grandpa fought for Germany but he fought for his country’s protection against communism. Overall, absolutely great video and respect to all the fallen and the verterans of WW2.

  4. And that’s why every Russian kid and adult knows their history and the victory is still celebrated to this day yearly. Most Russian families have lost people to this war. I remember when I was still in primary school living in Russia and we had the war veterans visit every year. And every single time they said the same thing, the war was terrifying and it was horrible. Talking about it brought them to tears. At the start of 2022 there were only 34,000 veterans alive in Russia that were soldiers participating in battles

  5. It saddens me that the long peace has been broken. If Russia wins then they will continue to expand and this will mean escalation which could be awful and threaten all of us. There is something about Putin's smug sneering that unnerves me, especially if he loses the ability to win with conventional weaponry.

  6. Love this as a quick documentary, however it may be incorrect to state that the 70 million casualties occurred within just 6 years as the Japanese invasion of Manchuria began in September of 1931 and continued in the Russian Gulags until sometime after Stalin's death in 1953. Love the video just needed to make that comment, i know i am 6 years late but wanted to address that. 🤓

  7. I hate that half of the Soviet deaths were not Russian (26 million deaths in total, while 13 million of them were Russian).
    And let's not forget that the population of Russians in the USSR (110 million) was larger than the other minority groups in the USSR TOTAL (84 million).
    That is about 15.5 percent. persons belonging to minorities from Russia who died during the war. Plus the fact that battles of Stalingrad, Leningrad and Kursk were on Russian territory.

  8. Wow, this is an incredible video. Thank you so much for uploading it! I wish everyone who reads this to feel loved and share love and peace. Please vote for politicians who stand for peace and union, not for hatred, lies and brutality. I hope you have a good life!

  9. My grandfather fought in the European theater in WWII. He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day and went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge too. He survived, but he lost a lot of friends and was forever changed.

    One particular group of soldiers who never seem to receive recognition are the more than one million African soldiers who served in colonial armies during WWII. 15,000 African soldiers were killed fighting for the British alone.

    Humans always seem to come up with new and different ways to create hell on earth. Thank you for creating this. It’s the sobering realities of war.

  10. Man watching the count of these losses can almost bring one to tears thinking of all that could of been but ultimately lost. Entire lives that could have experienced love and happiness but it had been taken away by a terrible fate.

  11. I first saw this video as a freshman in high school 4 years ago. Since then, I’ve made sure I watch it a few times each year. It doesn’t get easier. Now I’m in the Marine Corps infantry, watching it in my rack. As I grow and continue to sacrifice for the people I love, I only gain more appreciation for those who came before me. They were much like me, young men trying to do what’s right, but I have given little. They gave all.

  12. 15:10 I don’t think that’s right… I mean, Argentina vs the UK? Argentina might not be top 10 or 20 in economy rankings, but they’re not below 44th, and they fought the UK in the ‘80s. What about Korea? US and Chinese troops were literally fighting each other in another of the top 44 GDP countries. It’s tough not to count that.

  13. I'm surprised there is no mention of death toll in Asia. I believe that just the Chinese lost around 16 million people (50/50 military-civilian). I still can't get my head around that number. It's sad most people in the West don't know this.

  14. You can't have war without peace, you can't have peace without war. The greater the war the greater the peace to come. Weather the greater the peace means greater the war? Who knows. Only time will tell.

  15. As a german, and somone who had family in Stalingrad, i have to say that i disagree with the comen saying, "over half a million Nazis died" The most of these man were Soldiers who fought for there country, not Nazis who fought for racisim and other bullshit.

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