In the Second World War, the UK’s home guard ran out of rifles to issue to it’s soldiers, and ordered a quarter of a million medieval-era Pikes to be made to fight off the Nazis.
During World War 2, Allied submarines would lie on beds of pistol shrimp. The snapping sound made by the shrimp was so loud, it stopped the submarines from being picked up on Japanese sonar.
The only woman who served in front-line reconnaissance in the Soviet marines during World War II, carried hundreds of men off the battlefield and was seriously wounded three times, received the highest award in the Soviet Union only in 1990, 45 years after the end of the war.
During World War 2, the British captured Germans and put them in a bugged mansion where they served them wine and food and thus they were able to gather important intelligence from casual conversations between the ‘prisoners’ that helped them greatly win the war.
The Soviets and the UK invaded Iran during World War II in order to prevent their oil reserves from falling into Nazi hands.
Gander, a World War 2 Newfoundland service dog, saved a Canadian unit of soldiers from a live grenade during the battle of Hong Kong. The dog picked up the grenade and rushed towards the Japanese enemies, dying in the explosion.
When American troops were asking ‘American’ trivial questions to flush out German infiltrators in WWII, American brigadier general Bruce Clarke was held at gunpoint for five hours after he said the Chicago Cubs were in the American League.
During the battle of Stalingrad, Mikhail Panikakha had only two Molotov cocktails left after helping repel German attacks. He raised the one to throw when a bullet hit it, setting him on fire. He then took the last bottle, jumped out of the trench and hit the nearest German tank with it.
There is a hotel that sits right on the border of Switzerland and France. A set of stairs started in France and ended in Switzerland upstairs. The upper rooms were thus ideal as a hideout for French Resistance members during WWII as the Nazis weren’t allowed to cross into the Swiss side.
In Germany (and other parts of Europe) there are brass plaques set in the sidewalks in front of the former homes of people who fell victim to German Nazism.