- Most kamikaze died in vain. Only 1 in 9 kamikaze pilots hit their targets during WW2.
- 29 years after WW2 was over, in 1974.
- Queen Elizabeth II served as a mechanic and driver in World War II.
- The Mosque of Paris helped Jews escape the Nazis by giving them Muslim IDs during WW2.
- 80% of all Soviet males born in 1923 died in World War II.
- Winston Churchill lost the 1945 election right after winning WW2.
- WW2 Flight Sergeant Nicholas Alkemade survived a fall from 18,000 feet (5,500 m) without a parachute, suffering only a sprained leg.
- In October 1941, more than 50,000 Jews were killed by Romanian troops in what is now known as the "Odessa massacre."
- In one of the last battles of WW2, American and German soldiers fought together as allies against an SS division to defend an Austrian castle.
- The only casualty of the first bomb in WW2 to fall on British soil was a rabbit.
- The Gulf War cost each American US$306 while Vietnam was US$2,204 per person. The Korean War cost US$2,266 and WW2, US$20,388 per person.
- During WW2, two polish doctors saved 8,000 Jews from the Holocaust by faking a typhus epidemic that stopped the Nazis entering their town.
- During the invasion of Poland in WW2, 720 Poles defended their position against 40,000 Germans, stopping their advance for 3 days.
- Carrots don't make your eyesight better. That was a lie from the British to cover up their technology from the NAZI during WW2.
- of Poland's population died in WW2, the highest percentage of any nation.
- Spaniard double agent Joan Pujol Garcia had the rare distinction of receiving an Iron Cross from the Germans and an MBE from the British during WW2.
- During WW2, Nazi soldiers were fed massive quantities of methamphetamine for increased alertness and endurance.
- During WW2, an American pilot fell over 20,000 feet (6,700 m) and survived by crashing through the glass roof of a train station.
- A bear fought in the Polish Army in WW2. He carried shells to the frontline and was taught to salute.
- The "keep calm and carry on" slogan was originally dreamt up as a way of preserving morale in the event of a Nazi invasion of Britain.
- A secret radio belonging to a British POW in WW2 was kept so well hidden that, when he visited the camp 62 years later, it was still there.
- In 1944, by a huge coincidence, a crossword puzzle was printed with answers all containing D-Day operation "code names", which sent MI-5 into a panic thinking their invasion plans had been discovered.
- During WW2, a Dutch warship was disguised as a tropical island to escape detection by the Japanese. It was the only ship of its class to survive.
- In WW2, the Allies estimated German average monthly tank production using statistical analysis of their serial numbers. They were off by just one.
- The last German WW2 POWs weren't released from the Soviet Union until 1956.
- A cat nicknamed "Unsinkable Sam" survived the sinking of three separate ships during WW2.
- D-Day was originally set for June 5 but had to be postponed for 24 hours due to bad weather.
- During WW2, Hajimi Fuji volunteered for the kamikaze but was refused because he had a wife and two children. His wife then drowned her two young girls and herself.
- Queen Elizabeth taught herself to shoot in the grounds of Buckingham Palace during the WW2, in case a German parachutist attacked.
- At the beginning of WW2, the U.S. army was smaller than the army of Portugal.
- During WW2, the U.S. Navy partnered with the Mafia to protect the country's ports.
- Nazi German troops were routinely given a narcotic called Pervitin, which allowed them to march for longer than normal.
- The allies considered dropping glue to stick Nazi troops to the ground.
- The first Cannes Film Festival was called off after the screening of just one film due to the outbreak of WW2.