dr (dreadfulrauw) wrote in little_details,

world war ii: normandy casualty handling

Hi! I'm writing a story set during the Normandy campaign of WWII, specifically about Easy Company, 16th Regiment, 1st Division, V Corps (so, the US Army). I've hunted for specific information about the group, and while the internet's been very helpful on most things, one gap in my information is about the system for casualties in battle. I'm trying to learn:

-How bodies were handled during D-Day and its immediate aftermath

-How casualties were reported. I've found good information about the chain of information from a centralized source back to families, but almost nothing about how statistics of deaths on the battlefield made it to central command. Were the reports filed that night? A few dates later? At the most basic level, who would be the first person to report that (ie, within the company or regiment).

Thank you so much!
Tags: usa: history: world war ii, usa: military: historical, ~world war ii

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