In 1942, 13-year-old Seaman Calvin Graham was decorated for valor in battle. Then his mother learned where he’d been and revealed his secret to the Navy.
After the bombing of Hiroshima, there were “ant-walking alligators” that the survivors saw everywhere, men and women who “were now eyeless and faceless — with their heads transformed into blackened alligator hides displaying red holes, indicating mouths. The alligator people did not scream. Their mouths could not form the sounds. The noise they made was worse than screaming. They uttered a continuous murmur — like locusts on a midsummer night. One man, staggering on charred stumps of legs, was carrying a dead baby upside down.”
Mariya Oktyabrskaya, who’s husband died in WW2 so she sold all of her belongings and built a tank “The Angry Girlfriend” for revenge. Mariya, often disregarding orders not to, would leap out of her tank and repair the tank, amidst heavy fire. She became the first female tanker to ever win the Hero of the Soviet Union award.
Charles Rigoulot a french weightlifter was jailed for hitting a Nazi guard, but broke out of his jail cell by bending the bars. He allowed other prisoners to escape as well. Then beat the guard who jailed him.
Not all Kamikaze were volunteers, ”It’s all a lie that they left filled with braveness and joy, crying, ‘Long live the emperor!’ They were sheep at a slaughterhouse. Everybody was looking down and tottering. Some were unable to stand up and were carried and pushed into the plane by soldiers.”
30 British officers tried to escape POW camp “Castle Colditz” (Oflag IV-C) by digging a tunnel. Because they read the compass wrong, they landed in the wine cellar of a German colonel. There they drank 137 bottles of wine, filled them with their urine and placed them back.
When Anne Frank’s family was arrested, her father showed the officer her height markers on the wall to prove how long they had been hiding, and after the diary was published, the officer said, “I bought the little book last week, to see if I was mentioned there, but I was not.”
5,500 unexploded bombs from WWII are discovered in Germany each year.
Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a female Soviet sniper with 309 credited kills, toured the US in 1942 to gain support for a second front in Nazi-occupied Europe; the press was more interested in her appearance and if she wore make-up on the front lines.
U.S. Pennies dated 1944 – 1946 were minted with rifle and artillery-shell casings from WWII.