From the story of the most decorated cat in military history, to Japanese soldiers who kept fighting for decades after the war was over, we count 25 unbelievable yet true facts about the most horrifying war humans have ever experienced, World War 2.
25. The Ultimate Survivor
During the war, American pilot Alan Magee fell 20,000 feet without a parachute before smashing through the glass roof of a train station. He survived and lived to 82.
24. Cat General
Pooli, the American cat was a World War II veteran, who earned three service ribbons and four battle stars.
23. The Ultimate Survivor II
Adrian Carton de Wiart, a British officer fought in the Boer War, WWI & II, was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip and ear, survived a plane crash, tunneled out of a POW camp, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor wouldn’t amputate them. He later stated, “frankly I had enjoyed the war.”
22. Fruit For Blood
Coconut juice not only is sterile, but has the same electrolytic balance as human blood, which enabled medics in the Pacific Theater in World War II to use it as an emergency substitute for plasma.
21. The Soldier Who Never Stopped Fighting
An Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer, who fought in World War II, Hiroo Onoda never surrendered in 1945. Until 1974, for almost 30 years, he held his position in Philippines. His former commander traveled from Japan to personally issue orders relieving him from duty in 1974.
20. Death of an Elephant
During World War II, the very first bomb dropped on Berlin by the Allies killed the only elephant of the Berlin Zoo.
The notion of gremlins was first conceptualized during WW2, when mechanical failures in aircraft were jokingly blamed on the small monsters.