When Anne Frank’s family was arrested, her father showed the officer her height markers on the wall to prove how long they had been hiding, and after the diary was published, the officer said, “I bought the little book last week, to see if I was mentioned there, but I was not.”
5,500 unexploded bombs from WWII are discovered in Germany each year.
Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a female Soviet sniper with 309 credited kills, toured the US in 1942 to gain support for a second front in Nazi-occupied Europe; the press was more interested in her appearance and if she wore make-up on the front lines.
U.S. Pennies dated 1944 – 1946 were minted with rifle and artillery-shell casings from WWII.
The screams of those being gassed during the Holocaust were so disturbing that in order to stifle them, SS Officers would rev motorcycles as far as they would go. This proved to be futile, so they built gas chambers offsite.
Nazi Germany led the first public anti-smoking campaign.
At the outbreak of World War II, the Indian army numbered 205,000 men. Later during World War II the Indian Army became the largest all-volunteer force in history, rising to over 2.5 million men in size.
A Russian fighter pilot in WWII flew himself home after being shot down… by stealing a Nazi fighter plane.
The Japanese developed an underwater aircraft carrier in WWII.
In WWII Britain deceived the Nazis using a dead homeless person, enabling Allied troops to invade Italy.