This Video Will Leave You Reeling At The Number Of People Killed In World War II

Even if you've read up on the loss of life, seeing it laid bare is staggering.

The Fallen of World War II, a video posted on Memorial Day, attempts to document all of the estimated 60 million people killed during World War II.

vimeo.com

In the course of 18 minutes, the video — which filmmaker Neil Halloran wrote, directed, and coded (yes, coded, no video software here) himself — works its way through the soldiers and civilians killed over the entirety of the war.

But even that number, which is high compared to the current wars the U.S. is fighting, pales in comparison to the chilling 30-second upward pan it takes to show the total number of Soviet soldiers lost: some 8.7 million.

The video — which shows side-by-side comparisons of the various participants' total dead and breaking out numbers by battle or cause of death — has been viewed nearly 3 million times, getting a spike in views on the anniversary of D-Day on June 6.