Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (VDK) has provided The World Remembers with the names of more than 825,000 German soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War. There are hundreds of thousands of names missing from these data files. The estimated number of German military deaths is more than 1.7 million. A primary reason for the missing files is the loss of German archives as a result of Allied bombing in the 1939–1945 war. As VDK continues to find missing names of the dead, The World Remembers will include them in the display.

For more information on the names of the German war dead, go to Local and regional archives in Germany may also assist you in your search for a name that does not appear here.