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.
Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Hayes Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.