December 25, 1944

Casualties Mount As War Enters Fourth Year
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The War Department has released casualty numbers for the European theater for November: 57,775, including 8259 dead. Since D-Day, the total casualty figure for American forces in Europe now stands at 258,124. Casualties in the Pacific theater remain high due to the ferocity of the enemy. The recent action on Leyte in the Philippines illustrates this; thirty-seven Japanese were killed for every one American killed. Total Japanese casualties on Leyte have been placed at 82,554 to just 10,409 American casualties. Since the beginning of the war on December 7, 1941, total casualties for all American armed forces has reached 536,950. The number missing in action since the beginning of the war is up to 57,514.

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