World War 2 Fatalities

We can’t know for sure how many people died directly in military conflict or as a result of war related tragedies caused by famine, disease and deliberate extermination. But the total figure is thought to be between 60-80 million.

World War 2 Allied and Axis Deaths

Looking at the first pie chart, it makes you wonder who the real winners were. 

World War 2 Military Deaths

It is very clear from this chart that the Soviets paid a very high price.

Calculating the human cost is a complicated issue. There is good coverage of this on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualties

Is it fair to say that all this death & suffering was due to the political ambitions of a handful of men?