In WWII a woman-only Soviet bomber regiment were nicknamed the “Night Witches” by German soldiers. For a successful bombing run, the Witches would cut the engine of their archaic and noisy aircraft. Gliding in, they would release their bombs before the enemy even knew they were there.
German prisoners of war in the U.S during WWII were allowed outside camps without guards solely on the honor system. No prisoner ever ran away.
During WWII, 5 Americans ended up in a lifeboat with no food, water, oars or mast after their ship sunk. Hours later, a keg of water floated by. Then a mast. Then a sail. Later, while making a rudder, they found hidden food. They sailed 300 miles, through a typhoon, and eventually made it home.
The most successful interrogator of WWII preferred friendliness to torture. He would take prisoners to the zoo and even arranged for one prisoner to enjoy a flight in a German fighter plane.
An Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer who fought in World War II, Hiroo Onoda, did not surrender in 1945. In 1974 his former commander traveled from Japan to personally issue orders relieving him from duty. Onoda had spent almost 30 years holding out in the Philippines.
A Soviet military cook captured Nazi tank during WWII while being armed only with a rifle and an an axe.
There is a failed Nazi village in the middle of Paraguay with only two old Germans left.
During WWII, 4 Koreans were conscripted into the Japanese army, to be taken prisoners and conscripted into the Soviet army, later to be taken prisoners and conscripted into the German army- finally being taken as prisoners of war by the American army.
Two Japanese Army officers during WWII had a contest to see who could kill 100 people with their sword, but later had to increase it to 150 because they lost count the first time