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15 BIZARRE FACTS ABOUT WORLD WAR II YOU WON'T BELIEVE!


World War II was a captivating conflict that you can spend your entire life reading about, and the chances are likely you won’t know everything or see everything that the war had to offer in terms of knowledge.

It was a devastating conflict that resulted in the destruction of many countries and the deaths of 60 million people. From 1939 to 1945, 1 person died every 6 seconds as a direct result of the war. The reasons for the war are varied and complex. Instead, what we’re going to do is just find some of the really weird, bizarre, thought provoking stuff that happened in the war that you have never heard of, never thought about, or even thought was possible.

Did you know that M&Ms were basically invented for the war? Yeah, they needed chocolate for the troops that didn’t melt easily in any climate. The eldest daughter of King George VI of Great Britain, Elizabeth, served as a driver and mechanic during the war. She, of course, became Queen Elizabeth II. Or that more Chinese were killed by the Japanese during World War II than Jews in the Holocaust?

My guess is not! Here's a list of the 15 Most Bizarre Facts about WWII that were too insane for the history books…

  1. Death by Gas...

    According to United States Department of Defense records, an estimated 250 U.S. Air Force Air Crewman died from lack of flatulence. How? Ascending to 20,000 feet in an unpressurized cabin can cause intestinal gas to expand rapidly, up to 300%, which can be fatal. Because of this, a number of air crewmen died from a different type of bomb.

  2. Incarcerated Midwife...

    After the murder of her husband in Poland and the forced removal of her son to another work camp, Polish Catholic midwife Stanislawa Leszczynska and her daughter entered Auschwitz with only one hope: that they would survive. Soon after she arrived, however, Stanislawa began to realize that her particular set of skills as a midwife might be her saving grace. Stanislawa delivered over 3,000 babies at the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust in occupied Poland.

  3. Toilet Paper Allowance...

    Rationing was introduced temporarily by many governments during the 20th century, including during World War II. The American Solider had more of everything during the War including; more men, more food, more tanks, more guns – even more toilet paper. During the war, the allotment for British Soldiers was a ration of three individual squares of toilet paper a day, whereas Americans Troops received 22.5 squares per day.

  4. GM War Machines...

    In 1941, more than three million cars were manufactured in the United States. Only 139 more were made during the entire war. Instead, Chrysler made fuselages. General Motors made airplane engines, guns, trucks and tanks. Packard made Rolls-Royce engines for the British air force. And at its vast Willow Run plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the Ford Motor Company performed something like a miracle 24-hours a day. The average Ford car had some 15,000 parts. The B-24 Liberator long-range bomber had 1,550,000. One came off the line every 63 minutes.

  5. The Death Ray Weapon...

    In 1935, British engineer Robert Watson-Watt was working on a “Death Ray” that would destroy enemy aircraft, towns, cities, and enemy soldiers using radio waves. His “Death Ray” instead evolved into radar. He called his invention RDF (Radio Detection Finding), or what the Americans would later call radar (Radio Detection and Ranging) - a breakthrough that forever changed the nature of air warfare, and eventually, the course of World War II.

  6. Hide and Seek...

    In 1974, a Japanese soldier named Hiroo Onoda came out of the jungle of the Pacific island of Lubang. Onoda refused to surrender long after the capitulation of Japan in WWII. For 29 extra years, Onoda continued to execute the mission. When he was finally tracked down by a Japanese national and told that the war was over, he responded by saying he was continuing to follow orders and would not surrender until he received an appropriate command from his superior officer.

  1. 12-Year-Old Veteran...

    Calvin Graham was the youngest known American to serve in the U.S. Military during World War II, managing to enlist in the Navy at the age of 12. Calvin went on to earn a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his bravery and actions during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. After being severely wounded in that battle, his mother revealed his true age to the military, who promptly threw him in the brigs for three months which resulted in him losing his disability benefits. 45 years later, then President Reagan had them restored along with back pay.

  2. Ivy League Fight Song Used By Hitler...

    One of Hitler's closest pals was Ernst "Putzi" Hanfstaengl. Putzi was a Harvard grad who spent his college years pounding out fight songs on an upright piano at football pep rallies. Hitler demanded that Putzi duplicate the style in penning the Third Reich's official march tunes. Not only that, but a document declassified by the CIA in 2001 revealed that the "Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!" chant was a direct bastardization of cheerleaders chanting "Harvard! Harvard! Harvard! Rah! Rah! Rah!"

  3. Food Propaganda...

    During WWI vilification of all things German was rampant. President Woodrow Wilson authorized the creation of the Committee on Public Information (CPI) which mandated the avoidance of using German sounding names. Because of this, American Hamburgers (named after the German city of Hamburg) were renamed ‘Liberty Steaks’. Frankfurters, which were named after Frankfurt, Germany, were called “Liberty Sausages" Even Sauerkraut had been renamed "Liberty Cabbage".

  4. Corpsman Hitler...

    Of all the family names you could have during World War II, one was especially bad in the Allied world: Hitler. But for William Patrick Hitler having the name wasn’t the worst part. He was actually the nephew of Adolf Hitler. Sworn into the US Navy in New York City on March 6, 1944, William Hitler went on to serve three years as a pharmacist’s mate, receiving the Purple Heart for a wound he suffered. He was discharged in 1947.

  5. Berlin Zoo Bombing...

    The very first bomb dropped on Berlin by the Allies killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo. Further heavy bombardment came in 1943 and 1944. A large number of buildings were destroyed. Virtually the whole infrastructure was laid to waste. And solely ninety one animals survived the chaos – including two lions, two hyenas, one Asian bull elephant, one bull hippopotamus, ten hamadryads, one chimpanzee, one Oriental white stork, and one shoebill.

  1. 300,000 Stolen Rings...

    Max Heiliger was a fictional name created during the Nazi era under authority of Reichsbank president Walther Funk in a secret arrangement with leader of the Schutzstaffel, Heinrich Himmler. It was a false identity used to establish bank accounts to launder valuables stolen from those killed in the Nazi system of concentration camps and extermination camps. Stolen banknotes and jewelry along with Holocaust victims' dental gold, wedding rings, and even scrap gold melted down from spectacles-frames flooded into the Max Heiliger accounts, completely filling several bank vaults by 1942. Historians estimate the hoard to be worth $500 million.

  2. Friendly Fire...

    The first German serviceman killed in World War II was killed by the Japanese, the first American serviceman killed was killed by the Russians, and the highest-ranking American killed was Lt. Gen. Lesley McNair, killed by the U.S. Army Air Corps - so much for allies. If you include Pearl Harbor, Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd was the highest ranking American killed. He was killed on board the U.S.S. Arizona when the Japanese launched their surprise attack on December 7, 1941.

  3. Artificial Moonlight...

    The British were able to create artificial moonlight during night-time battles. To do this, the British would fire air-bursting artillery shells as well as searchlights which would create dense clouds of smoke over a target. As a follow up, they would then fire tracer ammunition (primarily from 40mm boors cannons) of varying colors. This created bright spots of light on the ground which helped direct troops. Additionally, they would use various colors of tracers (Red, Blue, and Yellow) to indicate where armor, infantry and other groups would need to attack.

  4. Toilet Sinks Ship...

    Like a lot of new technology, the toilet was just a little buggy. When he called an engineer for help, the man opened the wrong valve, allowing seawater to enter the boat. When the water reached the batteries located beneath the toilet, the boat began filling with chlorine gas, forcing U-1206 to surface. Unfortunately for the Germans, the boat was only 10 miles off the Scottish coast, and it was quickly spotted by the British and promptly attacked by a British aircraf


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