25 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About World War II

From the Nazis stealing the Harvard fight song to a 12 year old soldier who won a purple heart here are 25 interesting things you didn’t know about World War II.

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In 1935, British engineer Robert Watson-Watt was working on a “death ray” that would destroy enemy aircraft using radio waves. His “death ray” instead evolved into radar—or “radio detection and ranging.

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Out of the 40,000 men who served on U-boats during WWII, only 10,000 returned.

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More Russians (military and civilians) lost their lives during the Siege of Leningrad than did American and British soldiers combined in all of WWII.

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From 1940-1945, the U.S. defense budget increased from $1.9 billion to $59.8 billion.

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The Air Force was part of the Army in WWII and didn’t become a separate branch of the military until after the war.

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