Non World War – Losses

When Nazi Germany surrendered on the 8th May 1945 bringing an end to conflict in Europe, but war still raged in the pacific. The Allies now able to focus on the war in Southeast Asia were concerned by the protracted nature of that war, and the expected high cost in terms of life.

On 26th July 1945 United States, Britain and China released the ‘Potsdam Declaration’ which announced the terms for a Japanese surrender.

On the 6th & 9th August 1945 Atom bombs were dropped on the cities of ‘Hiroshima’ and ‘Nagasaki’ laying waste to them. Estimates vary but are generally considered between 130,000 and 227,000 people were killed as a direct result of the bombing, or as a result of radiation poisoning. Most all of the casualties were civilians, and it remains the only such use of nuclear weapons in armed conflict.

The Japanese surrendered on the 15th August following the dropping of those bombs, which were the result of scientific collaboration between the United States, United Kingdom & Canada code named ‘The Manhattan Project’.

In relative terms ‘Peace now Prevailed’ with British (and Commonwealth), French, American and Soviet troops occupying Germany until 1955. Italy and Japan had lost their colonies, with Europe now divided into two seperate ideologies. To the East was the Soviet (Communism) system, and the West (Democratic) each with different spheres of interest and governance.

We all know that life is never simple and straightforward, the same can be said for countries and governments:

The following are some of the 30 plus conflicts that have erupted since the end of WW2, not all but most involved British troops with the Grenadier Guards playing an important part in a number of them.

  • 1944 – 1948 ‘Greek Civil War’
  • 1945 – 1949 Indonesian National Revolution
  • 1945 – 1946 Operation Masterdom
  • 1946 – 1948 Corfu Channel incident
  • 1948 – 1948 Malayan Emergency
  • 1950 – 2018 Korean War
  • 1951 – 1952 Anglo-Egyptian War
  • 1952 – 1960 Mau Mau Uprising
  • 1954 – 1959 Jebel Akhdar War
  • 1955 – 1959 Cyprus Emergency
  • 1959 – 1957 Suez Crisis
  • 1956 – 1962 Border Campaign
  • 1962 – 1966 Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
  • 1962 – 1975 Dhofar Rebellion
  • 1963 – 1967 Aden Emergency
  • 1968 – 1998 The Troubles
  • 1982 – Falklands War
  • 1982 – 1984 Multinational Force in Lebanon
  • 1991 – Gulf War
  • 1992 – 1995 Bosnian War
  • 1998 – Operation Desert Fox
  • 1998 – 1999 Kosovo War
  • 2000 – 2002 Sierra Leone Civil War
  • 2001 – 2004 War in Afghanistan
  • 2003 – 2009 Iraq War
  • 2011 – Libyan Civil War
  • 2014 – ongoing, Operation Shader

The following documents list some of the fallen in those conflict’s, alphabetically by Surname: ‘A’‘B’‘C’‘D’‘E’‘F’‘G’‘H’‘I’‘J’‘K’‘L’‘M’‘N’‘O’‘P’‘Q’‘R’‘S’‘T’,‘U’‘V’‘W’‘X’‘Y’‘Z’.