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.
The screams of those being gassed during the Holocaust were so disturbing that in order to stifle them, SS Officers would rev motorcycles as far as they would go. This proved to be futile, so they built gas chambers offsite.
Nazi Germany led the first public anti-smoking campaign.