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10 Intriguing Facts About World War II That May Shock Or Amaze You

World War II is one horrific war that has and is etched in the history of mankind. The war saw the lowest of the low and the noblest of the noble but in the end, it was fight for survival. Facts and trivia's about world war continue to fascinate almost everyone. These 10 facts about World War II intrigued me. They were new to me and I hope they are new to you as well.

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1. Queen Elizabeth II served as a mechanic during world war II.

1. Queen Elizabeth II served as a mechanic during world war II.

A young Elizabeth II all of 20 years joined the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service as a honorary second subaltern in 1945. With the service number of 230873, she trained as a driver and mechanic. Elizabeth II was promoted to honorary Junior Commander 6 months later.Source

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2. German car makers Opel was bought by GM of America in 1931.The Opel Company continued to produce vehicles includin...

2. German car makers Opel was bought by GM of America in 1931.The Opel Company continued to produce vehicles includin...
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3. 2.5 Million Indian soldiers fought against the axis powers in the World War II.

3. 2.5 Million Indian soldiers fought against the axis powers in the World War II.

In 1939, the British Indian Army was just a force numbering around 205, 000 men. The British actively took in volunteers and by 1945 it was the largest all volunteer army numbering around 2.5 million men. The force included tank, artillery and airborne forces. They earned 17 VictoriaSource Crosses during #WW II

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4. The Battle for the Schloss Itter was one of the strangest case of WW II. In that the American and German army foug...

4. The Battle for the Schloss Itter was one of the strangest case of WW II. In that the American and German army foug...

The battle for the 13th century castle was the only time the American army defended a fort against the sustained attack by the enemy forces. The battle was fought to defend the lives of the VIP French prisoners. This unusual battle saw the alignment of 23rd Tank Battalion of the U.S. 12th Armored Division and the anti-Nazi soldiers of Wehrmacht join together to defeat the elite German unit 23rd Tank Battalion of the U.S. 12th Armored Division. Source

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5. The 588th Night Bomber Regiment of Soviet Air Forces were an all women aviators comprising of girls ranging from l...

5. The 588th Night Bomber Regiment of Soviet Air Forces were an all women aviators comprising of girls ranging from l...

The regiment led by Yevdokia Bershanskaya, dumped 23,000 ton bombs over German areas. The Nazi's called them " Night Witches" because their planes made a whooshing noise that reminded the Germans of a Witch's broomstick.

The regiment flew harassment bombing and precision bombing. They flew over 24,000 missions and were the highly decorated all-women in the Soviet Air Force.Source

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6. The Japanese troops ate their POW's ALIVE during WW II.

6. The Japanese troops ate their POW's ALIVE during WW II.

The Japanese would cut off chunks of flesh off their prisoners even while the prisoners were alive. They would serve this meat to their visiting officers. This was considered as a festive occasion.

The Japanese were not starving while indulging in cannibalism. They had stored dumps of tinned food and their staple rice.

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7. Just before the fall of France in WW II, British Prime Minister Churchill & French Prime Minister Reyanud and Gaul...

7. Just before the fall of France in WW II, British Prime Minister Churchill & French Prime Minister Reyanud and Gaul...
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8. Due to a long standing dispute over the Kuril Islands situated between Russia and Japan, the two countries have NO...

8. Due to a long standing dispute over the Kuril Islands situated between Russia and Japan, the two countries have NO...

Four islands (Kunashir, Iturup, Habomai islets Shikotan in Russian) is the source of the dispute between the two countries. The two governments are working on a face saving formula but has not found a solution to the problem yet.Source

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9. After the treaty of Versailles (1918), the French commander in chief remarked, " This is not a peace. It is an arm...

9. After the treaty of Versailles (1918), the French commander in chief remarked, " This is not a peace. It is an arm...
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10. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops were allied army's tactical deception unit. They were known as the ' Ghost A...

10. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops were allied army's tactical deception unit. They were known as the ' Ghost A...

The 1000 + strong unit had only one purpose; to impersonate other allied army unit and to deceive the enemy. They staged more than 20 battlefield deceptions.

Most of the men were recruited from art schools, advertising agencies, originally these men were actors, artists, architects, set designers and engineers.. They were largely recruited for their creative thinking.