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The Cost of World War I

The human and material loses of World War I, which lasted 1565 days, sere staggering.


Some 65, 000, 000 men were mobilized during the war, out of which about 9, 000, 000 – one in seven – died in action; 22, 000, 000, one in three, were disabled; 7, 000, 000 were permanently disabled; more than 5, 000, 000 men were reported missing. The civilian losses were far exceeded the military losses. The total real economic cost was nearly $400, 000, 000, 000.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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