So I was watching a YouTube video titled Largest Armies in the World 1816 - 2019

In the part between 1954 and 1962 4:38 to 4:52 Algeria did not pop up in the top 10 which I found weird given that Wikipedia states 1.5 million mobilized and 300k identified in the 'strength' section and Indonesia is number #10 in the video with 235k in the year 1956 which is allegedly the most violent year of the war.

The article cites this French journal here which does mention 1.5 million mobilized but has no sources or references whatsoever .

La guerre d'Algérie a mobilisé plus de 1,5 million de jeunes appelés

Which translates to

The Algerian war mobilized more than 1.5 million young men called

While the video is a visualization of data from NMC (CINC)

The National Material Capabilities seems to be more credentialed and trustworthy than just a newspaper article and confirmation biased Algerians.

This simply doesn't add up, statistically speaking.

Now I am an Algerian and this claim has been taught and told relentlessly since a very young age but no one ever questions it or bothers to fact check it.

So were 1.5 million Algerians mobilized during the Algerian Revolution?

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  • "The Algerian war mobilized more than 1.5 million young men" only means that 1.5 million men fought in the war. It doesn't mean that 1.5 million men died in the war. Is anyone actually claiming a figure of 1.5 million deaths? – F1Krazy Oct 21 at 14:53
  • is everyone* claiming a figure of 1.5 million deaths? yes including the Wikipedia article – Saly 3301 Oct 21 at 14:55
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    Ah, I see, the Wikipedia article mentions it down in the "Death Toll" section. From reading that section, it seems that while there's no clear consensus on the true death toll, it's generally agreed that 1.5 million is an exaggeration. (The "1.5 million men mobilised" mentioned in the "Strength" section is how many French soldiers fought in the war.) – F1Krazy Oct 21 at 15:11
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    This question jumps between number of people mobilised, number of soldiers killed, number of Algerians killed, etc. None of the claims match the title which is confusing. Can we bring this back to a single claim, please? – Oddthinking Oct 21 at 17:15
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    I mean that's what the article says. It also states total deaths of various numbers, the highest estimate being 1.5 million claimed by FLN, but not which soldiers, my presumption being all casualties. – Weather Vane Oct 21 at 18:07

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