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Daily casualty rate from shellfire in the salient


Jerrymurland
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I read somewhere - problem is I can't remember where - that there was a figure for the average daily casualty rate from shellfire in the Salient. Does anyone know of this or have a figure?

Jerry

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There have been several discussions on and around this on forum. My personal belief is that if such a figure exists, it would be about as meaningful as 2.4 children per family. The extremely heavy casualties inflicted by artillery during any battle would weigh heavily in such an average and distort the daily picture completely. It would not describe a battle, neither would it give a fair description of a ' normal ' day. What purpose would it serve?

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I don't know where a daily figure would be or as truthergw states, how accurate it would be. There is a breakdown of numbers of casualties in 'Statistics' but not by method. The OH Medical Services gives overall numbers of those wounded going through CCS's by how wounded. Bullet, Shell, Bomb and Bayonet.

Mick

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