Five Less-Known Facts About World War Ii

Image source: Wikimedia.org
Image source: Wikimedia.org

What most people know about World War II comes from popular media. For the most part, movies and TV series try to portray accurately the way the war was. However, it cannot be helped that a few things get lost in translation. Five of the less-known facts about the war are listed below:

Most U.S. servicemen died in the Air Corps than in the Marine Corps: Surprisingly, air servicemen had a higher chance of dying compared to their sea counterparts. It was estimated that an airman’s chance of being killed was around 71 percent in a series of completing 30 missions.

The Allied army peed in the Rhine: This was not the most respectful thing to do, but records do show that the first thing the Allied army did when they reached the Rhine was to pee in it. In fact, there are several photos of Winston Churchill and General Patton participating in the activity.

Americans had more toilet rations: During the height of the war, American soldiers received a toilet ration of 22 sheets a day. British soldiers only got three sheets.

Only 20 percent of Soviet Union males born in 1923 survived: This is not to be surprised considering the devastation the country received during the entire duration of the war. However, even historians lament the fact that such a small amount of males were able to live their lives above the age of young adulthood.

Image source: cnn.com
Image source: cnn.com

Total casualties for WWII are between 50 to 70 million: The actual number cannot be determined since accurate data gathering was not available at the time. Regardless, estimations suggest that 80 percent of this number came from only four countries, Russia, China, Germany, and Poland. Fifty percent of the casualties were civilians.

It is virtually impossible to list down every single incident that occurred during the war, but it is important that as much information be given to create a balanced account.

John Eilermann is interested in everything related to WWII. More about his interest here.

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