An old tank in the middle of the field on World War II.

World War 2 Fun Facts

An intriguing topic for many students in history is World War 2.

It was a time of great tragedy, but one of selfless heroics as well. Discover more details about this turning point in modern history in our fun facts.

World War 2 Trivia Quiz Fun Facts

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Blitzkrieg in the German language translates as "lightning war.” It was a tactic of the Nazis to beat their enemy quickly and decisively and combined ground and air attacks.
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The Battle of the Atlantic was fought for many years (six) before Germany surrendered. The transport lines of the Atlantic Ocean were key to supplies, making it a very important fight that involved both submarines and ships.
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After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the USA declared war on its attacker and their allies. Before this, the US wanted to stay out of the war.
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The Schutzstaffel (SS) served as Hitler's protection service. It was staffed with the German military but was separate from them. Heinrich Luitopold Himmler led them from 1929 to 1945, making him the #2 guy after Hitler.
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Told by his commanding officer to keep up the fight, Hiroo Onoda hid in the Philippine jungles for 30 years. His commanding officer, now a civilian bookseller, was asked to return to the Philippines in 1975 and escort Onoda home.
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Six of these dreaded camps were built to exterminate people who the Nazis considered undesirable. The first camp the Allies freed in 1944 was Majdanek in Poland.
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In 1944, a group of Japanese aviators began divebombing into enemy warships because it was believed to be a more effective way of destroying them. The first such attack occurred in the Philippines at the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
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The B-29, named Bockscar, carried and dropped Fat Man. Nagasaki, however, was not the original target. It was supposed to be Kokura but, because of delays and complications, they proceeded to Nagasaki.
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Benedict Cumberbatch played Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. Cracking the German code helped shorten the fighting in Europe, saving many lives.
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Mussolini, together with his girlfriend, joined some soldiers that were headed to the border of Italy and Switzerland. Unfortunately for him, he was still recognized despite his attempt to look like a German soldier.