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Smallpox deaths during the Franco-Prussian War

Smallpox deaths in the French and German armies during the Franco-Prussian War from July 1870 to May 1871

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Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom (England, Scotland), Germany (Bavaria)

Survey time period

July 1870 to May 1871

Supplementary notes

*Total deaths among immobilized German soldiers was 162, giving a combined total of 459 for the entire German army. Of these 459 smallpox deaths, 238 were Prussians.
**Unofficial estimate given by a French Minister of War at the St Petersburg Statistical Congress in 1872. The author of the study does not agree with this estimate, and believes the real figure to be much higher - smallpox was responsible for 39 percent of all French army deaths between 1832 and 1859, and 19 percent of all deaths between 1862 and 1872 (excluding the year of the war).

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