#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.
#13 – In 1941, the military of the United States was smaller than the Romanian military.
#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.
#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.
#16 – In 1941 , the German military lost more soldiers to frostbite than they did the Soviet Army.
#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.
#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.
#19 – More V2 rockets fell on Belgium than did the United Kingdom.
#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.
#22 – The German military employed over 3 MILLION pack animals, most of which were horses during their invasion of the USSR.