VIRTUAL WAR MEMORIALS
NUMBER OF NAMES CURRENTLY IN THE VIRTUAL MEMORIAL COLLECTION
The Virtual Memorial Collection is a compilation of
existing online war memorials. Many of these were
compiled by national governmental bodies such as armies
and defence ministries, others by human rights organisations, concerned individuals
or interest groups. Some were not primarily
intended to commemorate victims of war but have
been included in this collection since they constitute
the only available online resource for that particular war.
Read more about this section here.
The Virtual Memorial Collection contains 117 records, covering 53 wars, which in total displays the names of 475,292 people that were killed in war since 1945 . The number includes combatants and civilians.
The number of fatalities in the wars since 1945 in our war database is around 11,707,685 people, and the names in the online memorial collection is a mere 4.1% of the total count. It should be noted that if excess deaths were counted (and in a few cases they are) the total number of fatalities would be much higher. The second world war may have been the bloodiest in the history of mankind but the bloodshed continues with ever more civilians caught in the crossfire or deliberatly targeted.
Please, stop for a moment before you enter. You may find it offensive to find your adversaries displayed alongside your mates or relatives. You may find it offensive to find military web sites alongside such run by peace movements or human rights organisations. We ask you to put those feelings behind for the time being and show respect to all those who are commemorated here and their families.