- The first German serviceman killed in the war was killed by the Japanese (China, 1937), the first American
serviceman killed was killed by the Russians (Finland 1940), the highest ranking American killed was Lt.
Gen. Lesley McNair, killed by the US Army Air Corps. So much for allies.
- The youngest US serviceman was 12 year old Calvin Graham, USN. He was wounded and given a Dishonorable
Discharge for lying about his age. (His benefits were later restored by act of Congress)
- At the time of Pearl Harbor the top US Navy command was Called CINCUS (pronounced "sink us"). The shoulder
patch of the US Army's 45th infantry division was the Swastika, and Hitler's private train was named "Amerika".
All three were soon changed for PR reasons.
- More US servicemen died in the Air Corps than the Marine Corps. While completing the required 30 missions
your chance of being killed was 71%.
- Generally speaking there was no such thing as an average fighter pilot. You were either an ace or a target.
For instance Japanese ace Hiroyoshi Nishizawa shot down over 80 planes. He died while a passenger on a cargo
- It was a common practice on fighter planes to load every 5th round with a tracer round to aid in aiming.
This was a mistake. Tracers had different ballistics so (at long range) if your tracers were hitting the
target 80% of your rounds were missing. Worse yet tracers instantly told your enemy he was under fire and
from which direction. Worst of all was the practice of loading a string of tracers at the end of the
belt to tell you that you were out of ammo. This was definitely not something you wanted to tell the
enemy. Units that stopped using tracers saw their success rate nearly double and their loss rate go down.
- When allied armies reached the Rhine the first thing men did was to urinate in it. This was pretty universal
from the lowest private to Winston Churchill (who made a big show of it) and Gen. Patton (who had himself
photographed in the act).
- German Me-264 bombers were capable of bombing New York City but it wasn't worth the effort.
- German submarine U-120 was sunk by a malfunctioning toilet.
- 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 captured by the
- Following a massive naval bombardment 35,000 US and Canadian troops stormed ashore at Kiska. 21 troops were
killed in the firefight. It would have been worse if there had been any Japanese on the island.
- The men in the 442nd Regiment of the 100th Batallion earned the honor (and still holds) the recognition as
the most decorated unit in US military history. Sent to fight in the European theater, only 16 out of 150
returned. The unit was comprised almost entirely of Japanese-American and Korean-American soldiers.