During WWII the American army created Operation Fantasia in which foxes covered in glow in the dark paint would have been released in Japan as a form of psychological warfare. Americans didn’t really understand the Japanese culture and thought foxes would be enough to set them on edge based on what little they knew of Japan’s folk stories. The plan never reached Japan, but they did test it on some DC natives.
Hazel Ying Lee was the first Chinese-American pilot supporting the US Army during WW2. One time, her aircraft made an emergency landing on a farm. The farmer saw her, grabbed a pitchfork, and chased her around the plane, shouting to neighbors that the Japanese had invaded Kansas.
Wearing paper clips was a symbol of rejecting Nazi ideals and racism during WWII.
The 442nd Infantry Regiment was comprised almost entirely of Japanese American soldiers during WW2. In total, about 18,000 men served, ultimately earning 9,486 Purple Hearts and 21 Medals of Honor, making it the most decorated combat unit in US history.
The only existing film footage of Anne Frank is posted on YouTube by the Amsterdam museum.
The girl next door to Anne is getting married and the footage shows a 13-year-old Anne leaning out of a window to get a good look at the bride and groom.
Britain removed all their road signs during World War II so that if the Germans invaded, they would get lost. These defensive preparations included the removal of signposts, milestones, and railway station signs. Gas pumps were also removed from service stations near their coast.
At the age of 14, in 1905, Charles de Gaulle wrote a short story titled “General De Gaulle” in which he imagined himself leading the French Army to victory over Germany “sometime in the 1930s.”
During WW2, Norwegians mostly resisted the German occupation nonviolently. They would refuse to go to German-owned businesses, pretend to not speak German, and refuse to sit next to Germans on public transport.
In WWII there was a Nazi sailor who flushed his toilet incorrectly, causing his submarine to flood with seawater. The sub was forced to surface in view of the British who then attacked, resulting in the vessel’s destruction, 4 Nazi deaths, and 46 Nazis captured.
In 1941 the President of Haiti declared war on Japan, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania. Only Romania bothered to declare war on Haiti in return.
In 1940, the Nazis sent 12 spies to Britain to pave the way for an invasion. However, the plan failed due to the ineptitude of the agents. None of them were that fluent in English and they lacked basic knowledge of British customs.