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Military and Defence World Records

The Most Costly War

The most costly war in history was the World War II. The material cost of the war has been estimated at US$1.5 million million. The total cost to the United States of America was estimated at US$530,000 million.


The Bloodiest Battle

The bloodiest battle fought on earth was the first Battle of the Somme, France from 1 July to 19 November 1916. The battle recorded the greatest number of military casualties at 1,043,896. 623,907 were Allied and the rest German.


The Greatest Naval Battle

In the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines, 231 ships and 1996 aircraft were involved making it the greatest number of ships and aircraft in a sea-air action. 6 US and 26 Japanese ships were sunk. The battle raged from 22 to 27 October 1944.


The Greatest Invasion Airborne

The largest ever airborne invasion was the Anglo-American assault of three divisions near Arnhem, Netherlands on 17 September 1944. 34,000 men, 2,800 aircraft and 1,600 gliders were involved.


The Greatest Invasion Seaborne

The Allied land, air and sea operation against Normandy coasts of France on D-day, 6 June 1944 was the greatest invasion in the military history. On the first 3 days, 38 convoys of 745 ships moved in. That was supported by 20,000 vehicles, 347 minesweepers, carrying 185,000 men and 4,055 landing crafts.


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