Luftwaffe fighter pilot Karl-Gottfried Nordmann later became president of Mercedes-Benz in North America.
Canadian soldier Leo Major made so much noise during a battle in WW2 that he made the German army think that the entire Canadian army was invading.
Albert Battel, a German officer serving in the Wehrmacht during WWII, commanded his whole unit to protect Jews and threatened the SS to kill them if they crossed a bridge into a Jewish ghetto to round them up.
In WW2, the allied powers used fake “ghost armies” to intimidate and confuse Hitler and other Axis powers. They were most known for deceiving the Germans into thinking they had a powerful unit of men away from Normandy on D-Day.
In 1944 Nazi scientists developed an experimental drug named “D-IX” which could force an equipment laden soldier to march 88.5 km without rest. They had plans to supply these pills to all German troops but war ended before mass production.
An insurrection by the Georgian Legion of the German army was the last battle in Europe in WW2 and occurred 12 days after the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany.
The Jerrycan is named for the ‘Jerries’, which was British slang for ‘Germans’ during WW2. Captured Jerrycans were coveted by British soldiers, as they were superior to the leaky and unreliable British models. Jerrycans were so superior to previous designs that the British North Africa campaign was hindered by their inferior version, known as “flimsies”. The Allied forces reverse engineered the jerrycan to replace their ‘flimsies’.
In 1894 a priest saved a 4 year old boy from drowning. The child’s name was Adolf Hitler.