You might enjoy this from Col D. G.
Swinford, USMC, Ret and history buff.
You would really have to dig deep to
assemble this kind of historical info.
1. The first German serviceman
killed in WW II was killed by the
Japanese ( China , 1937), the first
American serviceman killed was killed by
the Russians ( Finland 1940); and the
highest ranking American killed was Lt.
Gen Lesley McNair, killed by the US Army
Air Corps. So much for allies.
2. 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
3. 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 purposes.
4. More US servicemen died in
the Air Corps than the Marine Corps.
While completing the required 30
missions, your chance of being killed
5. 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
6. 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, it was the practice to
load a string of tracers at the end of
the belt to tell when 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.
………AND YOU’VE GOT TO LOVE
7. When allied armies reached
the Rhine, the first thing men did was
pee 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.
8. German Me-264 bombers were
capable of bombing New York City
…..but they decided it wasn’t worth
9. German submarine U-120 was
sunk by a malfunctioning toilet.
10. 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 US Army.
AND I SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST….
11. Following a massive naval
bombardment, 35,000 United States and
Canadian troops stormed ashore at Kiska,
in the Aleutian Islands . 21 troops
were killed in the assault on the
island. It could have been worse if
there had been any Japanese on the