80 percent of all German military casualties occurred on the Eastern Front

How many German soldiers died on Eastern front?

5.5 million soldiers

80 percent of all German military casualties occurred on the Eastern Front. Germany lost 5.5 million soldiers and 1.8 million civilians. The percentage of its population that perished was 10.77%. 10 million soldiers of the 17 million who fought returned after the war.

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WWII Eastern Front

Operation Barbarossa (GermanUnternehmen Barbarossa) also known as the German invasion of the Soviet Union was the code name for the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany and some of its Axis allies, which started on Sunday, 22 June 1941, during World War II. The operation put into action Nazi Germany’s ideological goal of conquering the western Soviet Union so as to repopulate it with Germans. The German Generalplan Ost aimed to use some of the conquered people as slave labour for the Axis war effort while acquiring the oil reserves of the Caucasus as well as the agricultural resources of various Soviet territories. Their ultimate goal included the eventual extermination, enslavement, Germanization and mass deportation to Siberia of the Slavic peoples, and to create more Lebensraum (living space) for Germany.[24][25]

Operation Barbarossa
Part of the Eastern Front of World War II

Clockwise from top left:German soldiers advance through northern Russia German flamethrower team Soviet Ilyushin Il-2s over German positions near Moscow Soviet POWs on the way to prison camps Soviet soldiers fire artillery
Date22 June – 5 December 1941
(5 months, 1 week and 6 days)LocationCentral EuropeNortheast EuropeEastern EuropeResultAxis failureOpening of the Eastern FrontAxis failure to reach the A-A lineBeginning of Soviet Winter counter-offensive
 Germany[a] Romania Finland Italy Hungary Slovakia Soviet Union
Commanders and leaders
 Adolf Hitler Walther von Brauchitsch Hermann Göring Franz Halder Fedor von Bock Gerd von Rundstedt Wilhelm R. von Leeb Ion Antonescu C.G.E. Mannerheim Joseph Stalin Georgy Zhukov Aleksandr Vasilevsky Semyon Budyonny Kliment Voroshilov Semyon Timoshenko Markian Popov Fyodor Kuznetsov Dmitry Pavlov  Ivan Tyulenev Mikhail Kirponos 
Units involved
Axis armies: Army Group North16th Army18th Army4th Panzer Army Army Group Center2nd Army4th Army9th Army2nd Panzer Army3rd Panzer Army Army Group South6th Army11th Army17th Army1st Panzer Army 3rd Army 4th ArmyIndependent armies: Army of Norway Army of KareliaSoviet armies: Northern Front7th Army8th Army48th Army52nd Army54th Army55th Army Northwestern Front11th Army27th Army34th Army Western Front3rd Army10th Army13th Army16th Army19th Army20th Army22nd Army24th Army28th Army40th Army50th Army Southwestern Front5th Army6th Army12th Army21st Army26th Army37th Army Southern Front9th Army18th ArmyCoastal Army
Frontline strength (22 June 1941)3.8 million personnel[1][2]3,350–3,795 tanks[3][1][4][5]3,030–3,072 other AFVs[6][b]2,770–5,369 aircraft[3][7]7,200–23,435 artillery pieces[1][3][5]17,081 mortars[5]600,000 horses [8]600,000 vehicles [8]Frontline strength (22 June 1941)2.6–2.9 million personnel[9][10][11]11,000 tanks[12][13]7,133–9,100 military aircraft[14][15][16]

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