WWII Facts

Surviving A Fall From 5,500 m
Surviving A Fall From 5,500 m

WW2 Flight Sergeant Nicholas Alkemade survived a fall from 18,000 feet (5,500 m) without a parachute, suffering only a sprained leg.

Japan Received Jewish Refugees
Japan Received Jewish Refugees

During WW2, Japan received Jewish refugees and rejected the resulting Nazi German protests.

Fanta
Fanta

Fanta originated in Germany as a result of difficulties importing Coca-Cola syrup into Nazi Germany during WW2.

Oscars' Statuettes
Oscars' Statuettes

During WW2, the Oscars' statuettes were made of painted plaster due to a metal shortage.

Invasion of Czechoslovakia
Invasion of Czechoslovakia

When Hitler informed the Czech president of the imminent invasion of his country, he suffered a heart attack and had to be kept awake to sign his surrender.

Death Ray
Death Ray

In 1935, British engineer Robert Watson-Watt was working on a 'death ray'‚ that would destroy enemy aircraft using radio waves. His death ray instead evolved into RADAR.

WWII Bomb Disposals In Germany
WWII Bomb Disposals In Germany

Some 5,500 WW2 bombs are discovered in Germany every year and defused, an average of 15 per day.

German-US Force
German-US Force

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.

Canada First to Declare War
Canada First to Declare War

After the attack on Pearl Harbor during WW2, Canada acted to declare war on Japan before the U.S. did.