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John D Salt
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I’m sure this table has been posted before, and it probably will be again, but this summarizes the British experience of tank crew casualties in WW2:

WO 291/1186 "The comparative performance of German anti-tank weapons during WWII"

This report is dated 24 May 1950.

Percentage personnel casualties, by type of tank:

Tank type                             Mines     ATk guns  Tanks     SP guns   Bazooka
Sherman                               24.6%     41.4%     60.5%     54.3%     44.7%
Churchill                             14.7%     45%       46.7%     30%       14.7%
Stuart                                34.6%     29.8%     51.7%     *         *
Crusader                              *         38.5%     41.7%
Cromwell/Valentine/Matilda/Grant      17.4%     34.4%     28.6%     *         *
Mean values                           21.8%     40%       46.4%     48.4%     38.6%

Of which killed                       4.8%      18%       21.8%     20.4%     18%
Of which wounded                      17%       22%       24.6%     28%       20.6%

An asterisk indicates a sample smaller than 30. These are included in the mean values.

Notice that, apart from mines, there is an approximately evens chance of a casualty being killed or wounded, and as most of the tanks in the sample had a crew of five the expectation of an average of one killed and one wounded per tank knocked out is a very well justified rule of thumb.

All the best,

John.