How many of the German casualties were on the Eastern Front?
The Russians lost about 10 million soldiers on the eastern
front, of which approx. 4 million died as pow's (almost all Russian
pow's died in German captivity). In addition to that about 20
million Russian civilians died.
Germany lost in total 5.5 million dead soldiers and 1.8 million
dead civilians. In addition to that about 8 million German soldiers
were captured. On the eastern front approx. 3.5-4 million German
soldiers died (around 75%). At the end of the war, the Russians
held about 3 million German pow's, Americans held about 4 million
(of which they transferred 1 million after the war to the
Russians), and the british held about 1 million German pow's.
So the biggest losses of the Germans were indeed on the eastern
front, but if you also take pow's into account, losses are almost
This site contains a breakdown of all casualties during ww2 per
The German military suffered around 2,800,000 killed. Of these
around 2,000,000 died on the Eastern Front, 300,000 died on other
fronts, and 500,000 died in captivity. The Soviet Union suffered
14,500,000 killed total. Of these 3,330,000 died in captivity.