Category: ww2

In 2014, an 89 year old WW2 veteran, Bernard Shaw went missing…

In 2014, an 89 year old WW2 veteran, Bernard Shaw went missing from his nursing home. It turned out that he went to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of D-Day landings against the nursing home’s orders. He left the home wearing a grey mack concealing the war medals on his jacket. (source)

The largest number of graves of any cemetery for U.S. personnel…

The largest number of graves of any cemetery for U.S. personnel killed during World War II is located in Manila, Philippines. It has 17,206 graves. 16,636 of which were U.S. personnel.

There’s a cemetery in the Netherlands consisting of 8,300 US…

There’s a cemetery in the Netherlands consisting of 8,300 US veterans who died in WWII. For the past 70 years, Dutch families have come to the cemetery every Sunday to care for a grave they adopted. Hundreds of people are currently on a waiting list to become caretakers.

Photo : U.S. Embassy The Hague / flickr

Medal of Honor recipient, Edward Carter, could speak five…

Medal of Honor recipient, Edward Carter, could speak five languages, fought in his first war at 15, and joined the Spanish Civil War to fight fascists at 20, before eventually fighting in WW2. Despite his heroism in combat, he and all other black awardees would not be recognized until 1997.

During WW2, the winner of the Tour de France, Gino Bartali, put…

During WW2, the winner of the Tour de France, Gino Bartali, put his fame to a good cause. He hid counterfeit document in his bicycle and smuggled them through Nazi checkpoints. These documents saved over 800 Jews lives.

A Hungarian chemist during WWII hid his Nobel Prize by…

A Hungarian chemist during WWII hid his Nobel Prize by dissolving it in acid and leaving it on a shelf due to the Nazi ban on its citizens from accepting the Nobel Prize. After the war, he reconstituted the gold from the acid, returned it to Sweden, and got the medal cast again.

Photo : Adam Baker / Flickr

A Scottish bagpiper wasn’t shot by German snipers on…

A Scottish bagpiper wasn’t shot by German snipers on D-Day, and the only reason was that they believed he had gone crazy.

A Scottish bagpiper wasn’t shot by German snipers on…

A Scottish bagpiper wasn’t shot by German snipers on D-Day, and the only reason was that they believed he had gone crazy.

During WWII, a Japanese kamikaze pilot hit the USS Missouri, and…

During WWII, a Japanese kamikaze pilot hit the USS Missouri, and his body landed on deck. Though an unpopular decision, the captain demanded a proper burial for the Japanese soldier. He explained to his crew that after death he was no longer their enemy, and the crew hand-stitched a Japanese flag.

After the atomic bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and…

After the atomic bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 13% of the U.S. people were in favor of “killing off” all Japanese people. And after Japan surrendered, 22.7% of Americans wished more atomic bombs had been dropped.