21 rare and weird facts about World War II (part 2 of 2)

  1. The Siege of Stalingrad resulted in more Russian deaths (military and civilian) than the US and Britain sustained (combined) in all of World War II.
  2. To avoid using the German sounding name ‘hamburger’ during World War II, Americans used the name ‘Liberty Steak.’
  3. Adolf Hitler’s nephew, William Hitler, served in the US Navy during World War II.
  4. Adolph Hitler and Henry Ford each kept a framed picture of the other on his desk.
  5. During World War II, the largest Japanese spy ring was actually located in Mexico.
  6. The mortality rate for POWs in Russian camps was 85%.
  7. The first bomb dropped on Berlin by the Allies killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
  8. Had it been necessary for a third atom bomb, the city targeted would have been Tokyo.
  9. Hiroo Onoda, an Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer who fought in World War II, 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.
  10. Total casualties for World War II totaled between 50 – 70 million people, 80 percent of which came form 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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