45 Amazing facts of WW2 – Page 2

 

#12 – Germany nearly won the war against the USSR. In late 1941, the USSR sent a feeler committee (Beria) to Germany. Stalin was willing to hand over Ukraine along with much of the won territory the German army was occupying in late 1941. The feeler committee stated that the Germans believed that the USSR was near collapse and did not want to negotiate terms of peace.

With no men able to build defenses, women worked around the clock in Moscow to prepare for the German onslaught. The Germans never made it this far.

With no men able to build defenses, women worked around the clock in Moscow to prepare for the German onslaught. The Germans only made it 10 miles from the edge of the capital city.





 

#13 – In 1941, the military of the United States was smaller than the Romanian military.

Romania fielded nearly 700,000 men by the summer of 1941, but lacked many of the supplies needed to field a modern army. Many died in southern theaters towards the push to Stalingrad.

Romania fielded nearly 700,000 men by the summer of 1941 compared to about 500,000 in the US. However, the Romanians lacked much the supplies needed to field a modern army. Many of their soldiers died in southern theaters towards the push to Stalingrad.

 

 

#14 – When Germany invaded Russia in 1941 during Operation Barbarossa, they invaded across a 1,500 mile (2,400km) front. This is longer than the entire US Eastern Seaboard.

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#15 – The United States is estimated to have fed no less than 6 million Soviet citizens continually during WW2. In addition to this, the US military fed up to 11 million American military personnel during the war along with additional citizens of Hawaii and the Philippines.

"Spam" was a common food in aid packages during the war. It became so ingrained in many societies that it is still a common and beloved dish in places such as Hawaii.

“Spam” was a common food in aid packages during the war. It became so ingrained in many societies that it is still a common and beloved dish in places such as Hawaii.

 

#16 – In 1941 , the German military lost more soldiers to frostbite than they did the Soviet Army.

Hitler meeting a severely frostbitten soldier. This photo was originally not released by Goebbels' German Ministry of Propaganda  due to the graphic nature.

Hitler meeting a severely frostbitten soldier. This photo was originally not released by Goebbels’ German Ministry of Propaganda due to the graphic nature. (Click for larger image)



#17 – There was one incident of chemical warfare being used during WW2. The US military had brought canisters of Mustard Gas into the Italian port of Bari “Just in case” of chemical warfare against Germany. The German Luftwaffe bombed these ships, letting loose the chemical cargo stores. A total of 27 cargo ships were lost and over 2,000 military & civilian casualties resulted. It is unknown just how many people died from the release of chemicals versus how many died from explosions.

The aftermath of the Bari bombing raid. Soldiers attempting to put out fires, some which were laced with chemical agents.

The aftermath of the Bari bombing raid. Soldiers attempting to put out fires, some which were laced with chemical agents.

#18 – The famous photo of a defiant Winston Churchill was taken very shortly after he had had a heart attack. Thus why he had such a crabby look.

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#19 – More V2 rockets fell on Belgium than did the United Kingdom.

The V2 Rocket was part of Hitler's "Wunderwaffe" program of super-weapons. Its proclaimed devastating capabilities were never realized during the war.

The V2 Rocket was part of Hitler’s “Wunderwaffe” program of super-weapons. Its proclaimed devastating capabilities were never realized during the war.

 

#20 – One of the more popular and interesting myths about Amelia Earhart revolves around  her potential capture by Japanese forces prior to WW2.

In fact, prior to the surrender of the Empire of Japan, it was requested by the US government that they hand a list of POWs over. On one record roll that was submitted to the US government, an Amelia Earhart is listed as a POW in a prisoner camp transferred from the Philippines. The US government tried to track down this person’s records at the end of the war without any luck, this Amelia Earhart has disappeared into history as well.

 



#21 – The German military was able to establish a secret base of operation on the coast of Labrador. The Germans hid the weather station so well that it was only discovered in the 1970s – 30 years after the war.

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Photo of weather station ‘kurt’ located in Labrador Canada.

#22 – The German military employed over 3 MILLION pack animals, most of which were horses during their invasion of the USSR.

Horses were used for almost everything - From towing artillery to supply trains. Many also ended up as food during the harsh winter months.

Horses were used for almost everything – From towing artillery to supply trains. Many also ended up as food during the harsh winter months.

 

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