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Ancestry.com. German Casualties in the Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
Original data: Königliche Geheime Oberhofbuchdruckerei (Hrsg.). Deutsch-französischer Krieg, 1870-71, Verlust-Liste. Berlin: 1870-1871. Gebundene Zusammenfassung der fast täglich während des Krieges herausgegebenen Verlustlisten. Spezialbibliothek des Niedersächsischen Landesvereins für Familienkunde e.V., M 0054.

About German Casualties in the Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871

The Franco-Prussian War (July 19, 1870-May 10, 1871) was a war between France and Prussia, with Prussia being supported by the North German Confederation and the South German states. The war resulted in the unification of the German Empire, the diminishment of French influence throughout Europe, and the territory of Alsace-Lorraine becoming part of the newly formed German Empire.

This database contains 248 lists of German army officers and soldiers who either died, were injured, or went missing during the Franco-Prussian War. These lists were published in Berlin on a nearly daily basis during the war. They were later compiled into a single volume and represent nearly a complete record of German casualties from this war.

Information provided in the lists about the soldiers and officers may include:

  • Name

  • Rank

  • Regiment and company

  • Information about the death, injury, or missing status

  • Place of origin

  • Battles fought in

  • Other details about the person’s circumstances and situation in becoming a casualty

The same person may be mentioned in multiple lists if their status changed or more information about them was later found out.

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