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Rare facts about WW II


Rare facts about World War II

The first German serviceman killed in the war was killed by the Japanese.

Over 100,000 Allied bomber crewmen were killed over Europe.

More U.S. servicemen died in the Air Corps then the Marine Corps.

Polish Catholic midwife Stanislawa Leszczynska delivered 3,000 babies at the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust in occupied Poland.

In World War II, British soldiers got a ration of three sheets of toilet paper a day. Americans got 22.

In 1941, more than three million cars were manufactured in the United States. Only 139 more were made during the entire war.

Four of every five German soldiers killed in the war died on the Eastern Front

Only 20 percent of the males born in the Soviet Union in 1923 survived the war.

In World War II, the youngest serviceman in the United States military was Calvin Graham - age 12. Graham lied about his age when he enlisted in the US Navy. His real age was not discovered until after he was wounded. (Unbelievable)

Only one out of every four men serving on U-boats survived.

The Siege of Stalingrad resulted in more Russian deaths (military and civilian) than the United States and Britain sustained (combined) in all of World War II.

To avoid using the German sounding name 'hamburger' during World War II, Americans used the name 'Liberty Steak.'

Adolf Hitler's nephew, William Hitler, served in the US Navy during World War II.

Adolph Hitler and Henry Ford each kept a framed picture of the other on his desk.

During World War II, the largest Japanese spy ring was actually located in Mexico.

The mortality rate for POWs in Russian camps was 85 percent.

Had it been necessary for a third atom bomb, the city targeted would have been Tokyo.

An Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer, who fought in World War II. Hiroo Onoda never surrendered in 1945. Until 1974, for almost 30 years, he held his position in the Philippines. His former commander traveled from Japan to personally issue orders relieving him from duty in 1974. (???)

Total casualties for World War II totaled between 50 - 70 million people, 80 percent of which came from only four countries - Russia, China, Germany and Poland.

Over 50 percent of the casualties were civilians, with the majority of those being women and children.

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