World War II Fascinating Facts

1.  The US Army had more ships that the US Navy.

2.  The youngest US serviceman was 12 year old Calvin Graham, USN.  He had lied about his age. He won a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart before the Navy found out how old he was.

3.  More US servicemen died in the Air Corps that the Marine Corps.

4.  Among the first “Germans” captured at Normandy were several Koreans. They had been forced to fight for the Japanese Army until they were captured by the Russians and forced to fight for the Russian Army until they were captured by the Germans and forced to fight for the German Army until they were capture by the US Army.

5.  The only nation that Germany declared was on was the USA.

6.  For every five German soldiers who died in WWII, four of them died on the Eastern Front. 

7.  The country with the largest number of WWII causalities was Russia, with over 21 million.

8.  The most important medical advance that saved soldiers’ lives during WWII was the blood transfusion.

9.  Poison gas was first used in WWI to break the trench warfare stalemate. Though all powers had chemical weapons, only Japan (in China) and Italy (in Ethiopia) used them during WWII.

Calvin Graham
10.  During WWII, hamburgers in the U.S. were dubbed “Liberty Steaks” to avoid the German-sounding name.

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