20 Shocking Things About World War- 2 That Shame Humanity

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20 Shocking Things About World War- 2 That Shame Humanity

We’ve all seen the HBO series Band of Brothers, and the classic Saving Private Ryan but there is more to WWII than what Hollywood shows us! Here’s a list of 20 facts from World War II that you probably didn’t know.

  1. Of the males born in Soviet in 1923, only 20% percent survived the war.

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  2. Allied bombers dropped 3.4 million tons of bombs between 1939 and 1945. That is an average of 27,700 tons of bombs each month.
  3. The eldest daughter of King George VI of Great Britain, Elizabeth, served as a driver and mechanic during the war. She, of course, became Queen Elizabeth II.
  4. At the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, 3,000 babies were delivered by a Catholic Polish midwife, Stanisława Leszczyńska. 2,500 did not survive the camp.
  5. The Swastika is an ancient symbol of spiritual power. It was widely used until the Nazis reversed and tilted it and made it a symbol of National Socialism.

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  6. The Red (Soviet) Army is alleged to have raped two million German women, from ages thirteen to seventy.
  7. Hitler executed eighty-four of his generals, mainly for involvement in plots against him.
  8. About 20,000 Koreans died in the atomic explosion that destroyed Hiroshima. Two thousand were killed in Nagasaki.
  9. In the long campaign to free Western Europe, (June 6, 1944, to May 8, 1945) Britain, the USA and their allies lost 200,000 dead and 550,000 wounded.
  10. Only 15% of Germans survived Russian Prisoner of War camps.
  11. Hitler lost 136 of his generals during the war, averaging 1 every 2 weeks.
  12. 110 German Division Commanders perished.

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  13. More Chinese were killed by the Japanese during World War II than Jews in the Holocaust.
  14. The US Air Corps lost more men than the Marine Corps. A serviceman in the Air Corps had a 71% chance of dying. Not that bombers were totally helpless. The 8th Air Force brought down 6,098 fighters, 1 for every 12,700 shots fired.
  15. German U-boats were present in every ocean of the world and sunk ships as far away from Europe as the Arctic Ocean and the East Indies.
  16. Some airmen died from farting. At an altitude of 20,000 feet gas in the intestine expands 300%.
  17. The German submarine U-120 sunk when its toilet malfunctioned.
  18. Coca-Cola was considered essential to the US troops in North Africa. Three complete Coca-Cola bottling plants were sent there.

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    World War 2
  19. Niels Bohr was a Danish nuclear physicist wanted by Hitler to help him construct an atomic bomb. When the Germans invaded Denmark, he fled from his house while resistance fighters held off the soldiers. Bohr stopped, however, to pick up a beer bottle full of ‘heavy water’.
  20. The infamous Nazi salute was based on the Italian Fascist salute, which itself was based on the salute of the ancient Romans.

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