1914 : 50,030 killed/missing (33.55%) . 1915 : 148,264 killed/missing (22.3%). 1916 : 84,876 killed/missing (22.1%)
1917 : 33,497 killed/missing (8.7%). 1918 : 991 killed/missing (3%).
One more question to you, Mr PJA, from the above statistics, German lost about 300,000 killed/missing between 1914-1918 on East Front, does this include the POW? I know Russsian capturared around 160,000 German in the WWI?
And I remember in one of your previous post (http://1914-1918.inv...howtopic=118164
), you mentioned "The German counterpart of the CWGC gives statistical info for the number of German war dead buried throughout the World, and while I cannot remember the exact figures, I do remember being taken back at the number of burials for 1914-1918 in Poland and the former Soviet Union. I think it was about 450,000 for Poland and in excess of 100,000 for the Soviet Union ...definitely more than half a million for the Russian front 1914-1917", Do you know what causes the difference between this statistics and those given by sanitatsbericht ?
Yes, the missing include PoWs. The Russians claimed in excess of 150,000 German prisoners. The Germans themselves did not admit to losing that many...this disparity is apparent in the claims of all armies, in that war and in others. But your comments are entirely valid....there is a huge difference between the evidence provided by German war graves and the number of deaths recorded in the sanitatsbericht.. Moreover, the German government itself published regular casualty statistics that admitted to many more deaths than the SB. Remember, the killed compiled in the SB refers only to those known to have been killed outright on the field : no inclusion here of died from wounds, or for the large number of missing who were actually killed. But even with those caveats, I am still at a loss to account for the very low number of fatalities recorded in the sanitastsbericht. This source tabulates the German killed in action on the Eastern Front : 173,840. The missing are reported as 143,818. Even if half of these missing were killed, and even if the one million plus reported as wounded included 100,000 who were to died from their wounds, the total deaths would still be below 350,000...we might add on as many as 50,000 for non battle deaths from disease and accident etc....and we still do not account for the difference. The sanitatsbericht itself acknowledges this disparity, and makes no secret of the fact that at least two million German soldiers died in the war. There was no deliberate attempt at concealement, just an obsession with accuracy so meticulous that only certainties were reported, which might tend to understate the actual mortality. If I could read German, I would make a better account of myself in this answer, for I am truly bewildered.
My belief, for what it's worth, is that German battle casualties against the Russians 1914-17 were in excess of 1.5 million, of whom 400,000 were killed or died from wounds, 1,000,000 wounded and 150,000 taken prisoner. Their total battle deaths for all fronts amounted to about 1.75 million, with an additional 250,000 non battle deaths....two million in all. The German sanitatsbericht gives a total of 1.2 million deaths from all causes, but only up to 31 July 1918.
Incidentally, in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71, the same meticulous approach to battle casualties tabulated 17,572 Prussians killed in action, a figure that was subsequently increased to 32,000 when the died from wounds and missing presumed dead were accounted for. I suspect that the same sort of differential, for the same sort of reasons, needs to be applied to the SB 1914-1918, which probably used the earlier method as its provenance.