3 years after illegally joining the Marines at the age of 14, Jacklyn Lucas snuck onto a ship bound for Iwo Jima, stormed the beach without a rifle, and threw himself on top of two grenades to protect his team. He survived, and earned the Medal of Honor at the age of 17.
Beate Uhse-Rotermund was a stuntwoman and Luftwaffe pilot in WWII, ferrying around planes and jet fighters. After the war she started a mail order business sending out pamphlets teaching young girls about the rhythm method, which became the world’s first sex shop and later a €280 million business.
Japan’s occupation of Hong Kong back in WWII caused the population to drop from 1.6 million to 600,000 in just three years.
In WW2, the right wing of Wellington bomber was set afire by a Germans. The pilot James Allan Ward took a canvas cover, crawled onto the wing in mid-flight and put the fire out. His plane landed safely back in Great Britain.
In WWII, when his submarine sank, John Capes swam 170 ft to the surface and swam 5 miles to shore. Then he hid from Italians for 18 months before escaping to Turkey.
The Nazis forged British pounds at a total value of £134,610,810. The notes are considered to be among the most perfect counterfeits ever produced, being almost impossible to distinguish from the real currency.
Former Senator Daniel Inouye had his arm blown off in combat while throwing a grenade. He yelled to stay back, snatched the live grenade out of his blown off hand, then used it and a Thompson sub-machinegun to mow down the remaining Germans. He wasn’t awarded the Medal of Honor until the year 2000.
The Nazis had helicopters, and even launched them from battleships. BMW was going to mass produce a battlefield version, but the factory was destroyed in a bombing raid.
An Austrian woman’s wood stove exploded when she used a piece of wood that grew around a WWII grenade that was stuck in it.
When Nazi physician Josef Mengele (a.k.a. “The Angel of Death”) would visit his child subjects, he would introduce himself as “Uncle Mengele” and offered them sugar and sweets.