Friday, March 9, 2012

Facts About World War II

  • World War II (September 1, 1939-September 2, 1945) was the largest, most destructive, and most widespread war in history.
  • As a result of World War II more than 50 million people died and hundreds of millions were wounded, physically and psychologically. 
  • Most of the German soldiers who died in World War Two died on the Eastern front.
  • The top American ace of all time was Richard Ira Bong. He shot down 40 Japanese planes in the Pacific.
  • Germany lost 40-45% of their aircraft during World War 2 to accidents.
  • For each man killed on battle, four others were wounded.
  • The National Socialist Party was originally called the ‘Nasos’ and not the Nazis.
  • From 1939 till the end of the war, the Allies dropped 3.4 million tons of bomb, mostly in industrial German cities.
  • During World War II the government appointed a Minister of Food. His job was to sell the benefits of rationing to the public and educate people into better eating habits.
Recommended Reading:

Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2010: From Laura Hillenbrand, the bestselling author of Seabiscuit, comes Unbroken, the inspiring true story of a man who lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed. In evocative, immediate descriptions, Hillenbrand unfurls the story of Louie Zamperini--a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner-turned-Army hero. During a routine search mission over the Pacific, Louie’s plane crashed into the ocean, and what happened to him over the next three years of his life is a story that will keep you glued to the pages, eagerly awaiting the next turn in the story and fearing it at the same time. You’ll cheer for the man who somehow maintained his selfhood and humanity despite the monumental degradations he suffered, and you’ll want to share this book with everyone you know. --Juliet Disparte


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