World War II, also known as the Second World War, involved almost every major nation in the world, including all the great powers, who eventually formed two opposing military alliances, the Allies and the Axis. In a state of “total war,” participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities into the effort, erasing the lines between military and civilian. There were mass civilian casualties, highlighted by The Holocaust and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With an estimated 50 – 85 million people killed, World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history.
Here are a few things you might not know about the Last Great War.
77. Kamikaze Woes
Most kamikaze pilots died in vain. Only 1 in 9 kamikaze pilots hit their targets during WW2
76. Beast of the East
For every five German soldiers who died in the war, four died on the Eastern Front.
75. A Bad Year
Eighty percent of all the Russian males born in 1923 did not survive the war. And Millennials think they have it tough…
74. Business is Booming
Between 1939 and 1945, Allied forces dropped 3.4 million tons of bombs, which is an average of 27,700 tons per month.
73. Russian Casualties
The country that suffered the most casualties during WWII was Russia with over 21 million, which is roughly the entire population of Sri Lanka.
72. Long Live the Queen
Queen Elizabeth II served as a mechanic and driver in World War II.
71. The War Continues… Technically.
Japan and Russia still haven’t signed a peace treaty to end World War II due to the Kuril Islands dispute.
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