A St. Bernard named Bamse was a mascot of the Royal Norwegian Navy during WWII and was known for breaking up fights amongst his crewmates. He once saved a young lieutenant commander who was being attacked by a man wielding a knife by pushing the assailant into the sea.
During WWII JFK was stranded in the Solomon islands, and ended up carving a message into a coconut, that a native delivered to the nearest US base and saved his life.
A 12 year old lied about his age and enlisted in the US Navy during WW2. He became a decorated war hero by 13.
During the Nuremberg Trials, Nazi Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess gave a bizarre final statement about “mysterious means” used for government mind control, as well as having been visited by people with strange eyes, “glassy and like eyes in a dream.”
During WW2, an Italian doctor prevented Nazis from taking Jewish patients by claiming they suffered the fictitious ‘K Syndrome’. He saved 45 lives.
A pilot named William Overstreet flew his P-51 between the legs of the Eiffel Tower in pursuit of a German fighter, shooting down the plane and raising morale of French resistance fighters.
Canadians attempted to build a ship out of pykrete (a mixture of wood pulp and ice) during WWII. The wreck of this prototype is still at the bottom of Patricia Lake in Jasper.
Operation Tracer was a top-secret WWII mission in which six men were to be buried alive inside the Rock of Gibraltar so they could monitor enemy movements after the Rock’s capture. There was no way out and anyone who died within the chamber would have to be embalmed and cemented into the floor. The men understood that they would remain sealed within the facility for about a year, although it could be much longer. Provisions for a seven-year stay had been assembled in the complex. The entirety of the main chamber had been plastered and its floor covered in cork tiles, both methods to reduce sound transmission. The entrance passage had loose soil, to facilitate burials if needed.
10% of those conscripted in the UK in WWII were sent to serve not on the battlefield, but in the coal mines that powered the war machine. Some of these soldiers were not released from service until two years after the war ended. They were not formally recognized for their contribution until 1995.