The table below shows the number of deaths of Canadians in the LAC Killed in Action database for the Second World War on days with more than 200 fatalities.
You don’t have to know military history well to recognize the first two dates and understand the clustering of most of the others.
Can you name any battles associated with the other dates? What do you know about the large numbers of fatalities on 23 May 1944? Why is 26 February 1945 the only winter month in the top ten?
|Wednesday, 19 August 1942||875|
|Tuesday, 6 June 1944||392|
|Tuesday, 25 July 1944||386|
|Tuesday, 8 August 1944||352|
|Tuesday, 23 May 1944||322|
|Saturday, 8 July 1944||298|
|Monday, 14 August 1944||278|
|Thursday, 8 June 1944||229|
|Saturday 29 July 1944||226|
|Monday, 26 February 1945||221|