Also Richard Pipes bases his data on several German reports that claim Germany in 1939 lost up to 90.000 K.I.A and W.i.A
While such a high number is unlikely the losses almost ceirtanly matched and possibly surpassed the losses in France, OKW was blatantly forging reports, for example from available (online) reports we can via simple addition find out that during the entire Battle of Bzura Germans lost 5428 K.I.A and 481 M.I.A yet the general report of OKW lists only 1293 K.I.A and 62 M.I.A.
In other words Germans were lying through their arses since this was the first true war and releasing data of 40.000 or 50.000 dead especially given that Poland was painted as a cakewalk was inacceptible.
To be specific Pipes in Communism: A History and another book quotes a specific source namely several high ranking Wechrmacht officers who claim that real losses in Poland numbered 91.000 dead and were instantly classified.
I have no idea what to think about it but given that a tiny naval outpost of Westerplatte cost Germans almost 300 dead and 400 wounded, a single polish armored assault at Tomaszˇw wiped out 3 battalions to a man (900 dead) and dozens other such accounts it seemed quite likely that Germans simply lied through their ears about their losses, even readily available sources from major battles add up to over 28.000 and thats just a couple of engagements, admittedly huge battles but still only several of many.
Last edited by Panzercracker; June 8th, 2010 at 15:35..