During WWII, 5 Americans ended up in a lifeboat with no food, water, oars or mast after their ship sunk. Hours later, a keg of water floated by. Then a mast. Then a sail. Later, while making a rudder, they found hidden food. They sailed 300 miles, through a typhoon, and eventually made it home.
The most successful interrogator of WWII preferred friendliness to torture. He would take prisoners to the zoo and even arranged for one prisoner to enjoy a flight in a German fighter plane.
An Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer who fought in World War II, Hiroo Onoda, did not surrender in 1945. In 1974 his former commander traveled from Japan to personally issue orders relieving him from duty. Onoda had spent almost 30 years holding out in the Philippines.
A Soviet military cook captured Nazi tank during WWII while being armed only with a rifle and an an axe.
There is a failed Nazi village in the middle of Paraguay with only two old Germans left.
During WWII, 4 Koreans were conscripted into the Japanese army, to be taken prisoners and conscripted into the Soviet army, later to be taken prisoners and conscripted into the German army- finally being taken as prisoners of war by the American army.
Two Japanese Army officers during WWII had a contest to see who could kill 100 people with their sword, but later had to increase it to 150 because they lost count the first time
While parachuting, an American aviator downed a Japanese fighter plane by shooting the pilot in the head with his sidearm.
A Japanese Consul in WWII saved 6,000 Jews from Hitler by writing them all Visas to Japan even after the government told him not to.