The American pilot who dropped the first atomic bomb died at aged 92 – with no regrets. He said he never lost a single nights sleep. Pilot Paul Tibbets dropped the bomb on Hiroshima that killed 78,000 people instantly but by the end of 1945 the death total had reached 140,000.
A widow of a WWII veteran never learned the exact fate of her husband. After 68 years she found that he was not only buried in France. But that a town in France has been honoring him for the last 68 years.
After betraying their mission and informing the FBI about Nazi agents on U.S. soil, the two men who saved America from Nazi infiltration were greeted with life imprisonment, threat of execution, and deportation.
During the Invasion of Normandy, Scottish Bagpiper, Bill Millin, contrary to British Command, in the thick of battle, marched up & down the beach playing his Pipes. When his unit captured German snipers, they asked why Millin wasn’t shot. They said they didn’t shoot because he was clearly insane.
Meth was invented in Japan. At first it was used to curb hunger and energize Japanese citizens. Later it was given to Kamikaze pilots, soldiers and wartime factory workers. It is now controlled and distributed by the Yakuza.
A German soldier during WW2 called Werner Goldberg was branded “The Ideal German Soldier” because of his physical appearance. Ironically he was half Jewish.
On 5 March 1945, a Gurkha soldier in the British army calmly stood up in open sight and killed a sniper pinning down his company before going on to clear 5 enemy bunkers, single-handedly, all whilst under heavy fire.
During World War II, a U.S. soldier was ambushed by 5 Japanese tanks. He single-handedly destroyed all 5 and was eventually awarded the Medal of Honor.
He left his covered position, and with a rocket launcher and 6 rounds of ammunition, advanced alone under intense machine gun and 37-mm. fire. Loading single-handedly, he destroyed the first tank, killing its occupants with a single round. As the crew of the second tank started to dismount and attack him, he killed 1 of the foe with his pistol, forcing the survivors to return to their vehicle, which he then destroyed with a second round. Three more hostile tanks moved up the road, so he flanked the first and eliminated it, and then, despite a hail of enemy fire, pressed forward again to destroy another. With his last round of ammunition he struck the remaining vehicle, causing it to crash down a steep embankment. Through his sustained heroism in the face of superior forces, Pfc. Vlug alone destroyed 5 enemy tanks and greatly facilitated successful accomplishment of his battalion’s mission.
Brushing one’s teeth wasn’t popular in America until after World War II, when soldiers, ordered to brush teeth, brought home their enforced habit.
In 1944, a Scottish medium named Helen Duncan became the last person to be prosecuted under the Witchcraft Act of 1735. Yes, WWII-era Britain actually wasted government resources prosecuting someone as a witch. Her crime? Claiming she saw an apparition of a dead sailor from the sunken HMS Barham during a seance.
The US and the USSR’s only direct military confrontation happened in October 1944, over the Serbian town of Niš. It is considered top secret by both governments, and the exact number of casualties is unknown.
During WWII the United States asked Mexicans to cross the border to work agricultural jobs.
Adolf Hitler was injected with a daily dose of methamphetamine by his doctors from 1942-1945.
The US convicted several Japanese soldiers for waterboarding American and Allied prisoners of war during WW2 and sentenced them to death.