During WWII Canada gave out buttons to people who tried to enlist but were refused due to medical reasons to show their willingness to fight.
Soldiers in WWII made simple radios using a razorblade and pencil as the diode, dubbing them Foxhole Radios.
Polish doctor Eugene Lazowski saved 8,000 Jews during the Holocaust by injecting dead typhus cells into them, allowing them to test positive for typhus despite being healthy. Germans were afraid of the highly contagious disease and refused to deport them to concentration camps.
During WW2 two polish doctors saved the lives of 8,000 Jews by faking a typhus epidemic that stopped the Nazis entering their town.
More Nazis were killed by the Russians in the Battle of Stalingrad alone than were killed during the entire WWII by America.
The Leica Camera company smuggled hundreds of Jews out of Nazi Germany before the Holocaust, masquerading the Jews as employees being assigned overseas. The company helped each refugee find a job, gave each of them a Leica camera, and a monthly stipend till they found work.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Canada declared war on Japan before the United States did.
The USS Arizona, which was sunk at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese 73 years ago today, still leaks 2-9 quarts of oil each day.
Hitler had a relative called “Paddy Hitler” who ended up joining the US Navy, where, along with all recruits, he had to fill out a form listing any relatives who might be fighting for the enemy.
A Polish midwife, responsible for delivery of over 3,000 children in Auschwitz, marked them with a ‘tattoo’ that would not be recognized by the SS guards, hoping that in the future it would be possible to recover these children.