The founder of Scientology once fought a 68 hour naval battle with two non-existent Japanese submarines after operating his vessel’s SONAR incorrectly.
During WW2, captured German officers, sent to Britain as POWs, lived in luxury in Trent Park. This was done to make them feel relaxed. However, they were being listened to by 100 ‘listeners’. They revealed secrets about the holocaust, events in Berlin, Hitlers madness and V2 rocket bases.
In 1945 a man survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima, dragged himself to an air-raid shelter, spent the night, caught the morning train so he could arrive at his job on time – in Nagasaki – where he survived another atomic blast.
In Feb. 24, 1942, the US Military ordered a total black out of Los Angeles and fired 1,400 anti-air artillery and thousands of .50 caliber shots at a hovering object for 1 hour. When documenting the incident in 1983, the U.S. Office of Air Force History attributed the event to a case of “war nerves” likely triggered by a lost weather balloon and exacerbated by stray flares and shell bursts from adjoining batteries.
The FBI thought it was plausible enough that Hitler faked his suicide that they investigated South American Hitler sightings.
In WWII, the US Army asked Americans to loan their dogs to the war effort. The dogs’ handlers even sent letters home to their owners for Christmas and to inform them of their dog’s performance throughout the war.
Oskar Schindler became virtually destitute after the war and became bankrupt after trying to raise chickens in Argentina. For the rest of his life, he survived off gifts and donations from the Jews he had saved during the war.
Winston Churchill drew up plans for a surprise attack against the then-allied Soviet Union. Dubbed “Operation Unthinkable,” the plan would have rearmed up to 100,000 former Nazi soldiers and kicked off World War 3 almost before World War 2 had ended.
Gangster Bugsy Siegel wanted to kill both Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Göring in Rome before the WWII, but his companion, Countess Dorothy DiFrasso stopped him from doing so.
In World War II the Dutch army only had one tank available that got stuck in the mud on its way to the border.
In 1943, WWII destroyer O’Bannon found itself too close to a surfaced Japanese submarine to aim its guns. The sub ended up too close to the destroyer to allow it to depress its guns at a low enough angle to hit the sub. The sailors on that side near the sub’s deck gun didn’t have sidearms. What they did have was a pot full of potatoes. US Sailors saved the ship by throwing potatoes at the Japanese crew running to the sub’s deck gun.
During WWII, the Russians used Po-2 biplane on the Eastern Front that was so slow, German planes could not actually target it without potentially stalling. The successor to it was the An-2, the largest production biplane ever made. It was so slow that in a headwind it could hover, or fly backwards. Standard practice for an engine failure was just to pull back on the stick and the the automatic leading edge slats would open and you would float to the ground.
A singing birthday card has more computing power than the allied forces in 1945