A few years ago I was reading a rant on why the LAV III was a Bad Thing and why RPG’s were Good Things. When I realized I could pull up causalities by type, it got me curious about what is killing us.
Here’s a graph of US deaths to hostile action since 05/04/03. Out of a total of 254 deaths, 112 of them were from just IED’s and RPG’s.
(Of course casualty numbers in this war are on a different scale than some past wars. For comparason: If the allied troops were to continue to die at the rate of allied deaths in Iraq last month, to be somewhere near the deaths of the French during the battle of Verdun in the first world war, would require to conflict to continue for another 375 years!)