World War 2 Facts: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

World War II continues to be the biggest mass warfare ever witnessed in the history of mankind. By taking into account the death toll, the countries involved, as well as the anguish it atrociously caused to the lives of millions affected, the war continues to be one of the historical events that’s creepier than the scariest episode of zombie apocalypse. And it’s because of that we’ve compiled all the top 10 engrossing facts about the war to educate ensuing generations on facts that shaped our modern history. Here we go on some of the world War 2 facts:

See Also: 10 Disturbing Facts about World War 1

1. The outline of the war

World War II can be summed up as the war between the Allies and the Axis. While the Allies consisted of the US, the Great Britain, The Soviet Union as well as China, the Axis was entirely made up of Germany, Japan, and Italy. By 1945, these two groups were joined by either one of the thirteen listed countries; Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, British Common wealth of Nations, Netherlands, Poland, Norway, South Africa, Yugoslavia, Greece, France, and Philippines.

2. The airplane factories in the US

World War I came with the fake Paris. And just to prove to the world that some tricks can be recycled and still be effective, the US used almost the same trick 21 years later… and whether you believe or not; the deception worked. But for them the trick wasn’t about creating a fake town or anything of the sort. Instead, the US decided to make their Lockheed Burbank Aircraft factory appear like a tiny town when viewed from air just to protect it from Japanese attacks.

3. British luminaries hired to spy on the US

When the British failed to combat the Germans, they were left with no option but to hire a group of well-known celebrities to spy on the US in their bid to convince them into joining the war. The group, which would later come to be known as “Baker Street Irregulars,” consisted of Ian Fleming—the creator of James Bond movie, Roald Dahl—an author of children books, Leslie Howard and Noel Coward. All the aforementioned recruits were chosen on the basis of charm, seduction, as well as their ability to influence foreigners. And they all did a stunning job for Britain. In fact, they managed to slip a made-up map of South America into President Roosevelt’s office, which actually convinced him that the Germans were planning to conquer the whole world. So if you’re wondering how the US got themselves entangled in World War II, then you technically know who to blame.

4. The Soviet Union and the United States fought on the same side

The Soviet Union and the United States might have turned out to be the greatest enemies after the war, but they actually fought on the same side during the war. It all started with a cold war between these two victorious nations of the Second World War, which later on converted the two nations into enemies, resulting into a series of grave combats between them that would go on for decades after the World War II elapsed.

5. Japan was the last country to surrender

Even after being defeated by Chinese in Northern Burma, and the British forces pushing their way to Rangoon, as the US force took over Okinawa and Iwo Jima , Japan remained unbending and totally refused to surrender. By that time, Both Italy and Germany had already surrendered, and Hitler committed suicide. But Japan continued to wage war until the August of 1945, when Truman decisively dropped the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bomb. That’s when they finally decided to surrender, marking the end of World War II.

6. Hitler murdered over 12 million Jews and non-Jews During the Holocaust

One of the most outrageous world war 2 facts is the  murdering of about 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, Hitler’s thirst for more blood pushed him into murdering more than 6 million non-Jews as well. His primary targets were the disabled people, Catholics, non-heterosexuals, as well as the gypsies. In short, if you had happened to be in German at that time and did not fit into the ideal description of “Blond-hair and blue-eyes,” then Hitler could either have had you slain or heaved you into a concentration camp, where you could have been starved to death or fumigated for being less of a human being.

7. World War 2 was the most expensive war in human history

Apart from being the deadliest war to ever crawl the human world, World War 2 is also known for being the most expensive war in human history. In fact, as we speak, the US government is yet to fully recuperate from its massive disbursements on the war. The government of all nations that took part in the war spend the bulk of their total outlay on manufacturing aircrafts, landing-crafts, weapons, jeeps, trucks, and tanks, from a spending pool that could otherwise been used to stimulate the economy growth of their respective countries.

8.  The youngest serving soldier in the war was only 12

Shortly after Pearl Harbour was attacked, Calvin Graham got recruited in the US navy—may 1942. He was then given a crucial role in the Guadalcanal battle, serving aboard the USS-South-Dakota. Plus, he helped with the fire control efforts aboard, something that earned him a Bronze Star on top of the Purple Heart he had already received.

This went on until his mother revealed his age, after which he was confined in a brig for about 3 months. He was then released after his sister threatened to reveal the whole story to the press. All the medals he had earned during his soldierly servings were then stripped off him.

9. Russia and Japan have yet to sign a peace treaty after the Second World War

Even after Germany and Russia worked out their differences and signed a peace treaty, as well as the US taming a fairly good relationship with their one time great enemy Japan, Russia and Japan—two countries that never fought during the war—have yet to sign a peace treaty to herald the end of World War II because of the four-Southern-Kurile-Islands that up to date remain a conflicting issue between them.

Even though the Soviet forces continued to occupy these islands after the war, Japanese still consider themselves the rightful owner of the islands. And all the countless attempts to settle this issue once and for all have for long been yielding zero success.

10. World War II spurred the end of European Colonialism

European nations were completely debilitated by the war. This, together with a series of revolts from their colonies in Asia and Africa, made them to withdraw their colonial power. Even more threatening was the fact that rebels had gained laudable experience from the Second World War, and were willing to use it to their full advantage in Guerrilla-combating the colonists out of their land. This fueled land reforms and independence in a number of countries in both Africa and Asia.