Poet Stanislaw Jerzy Lec survived a German concentration camp by killing his guard with a shovel that was given to him to dig his own grave – and then escaping in the guards uniform.
Hitler planned to rebuild Berlin after the war into a neo-roman cosmopolitan city. One state building, the Volkeshalle was to be so massive, that it could rain inside during events due to 150K peoples’ perspiration and breath.
During the Nazi occupation of Ukraine, the football match between the Nazis and a group of Ukrainian players from the famous soccer club FC Dynamo Kyiv took place. The Ukrainians were clearly superior to the occupiers, because they beat them easily over several matches – the last result being at 8-0. Unfortunately, the Nazis didn’t like being humiliated, so the Gestapo got involved. The Gestapo just did what they did best: they arrested and tortured most of the Ukrainian players. At least one of them died at their hands. Those who survived were shipped off to a work camp – and most were ultimately executed.
Winston Churchill had a plan called “Operation Unthinkable” to invade the Soviet Union in a surprise attack immediately after the end of WWII. His plan was finally shot down when it was learned that the Soviet troops remaining outnumbered allied troops 3:1.
Hitler’s plan for Moscow was to kill all residents and replace it with a lake.
3 years after illegally joining the Marines at the age of 14, Jacklyn Lucas snuck onto a ship bound for Iwo Jima, stormed the beach without a rifle, and threw himself on top of two grenades to protect his team. He survived, and earned the Medal of Honor at the age of 17.
A WW2 observation pilot got bored of not being in combat and decided to strap 6 bazooka’s to his plane destroying several tanks and armored vehicles.
The last prisoner of war from the Second World War to be repatriated was a Hungarian soldier who was taken prisoner by the Red Army in 1944, then discovered living in a Russian psychiatric hospital in 2000.
During World War II, prisoners of war in Canada were treated so nicely that they didn’t want to leave Canada when released.
In 1949, India sent the Tokyo Zoo two elephants to cheer the spirits of the defeated Japanese empire.