10 of the Lesser-Known Events From World War II

However quite imperative and impactful

Andrei Tapalaga ✒️
May 25 · 6 min read
London after being bombed in 1940

WWorld War II has brought some significant changes to our world as well as humanity. Although most of these events were horrific and brought only devastating consequences, some of them had some implications that brought a new as well as much needed perspective to our humanity. This war has fascinated many researchers, but also those that are passionate about history, but their studies often omit some events or situations during the war that can be categorized as details that complete the whole picture, peppering the stories and statistics of battles, causes, and effects. Here is a shortlist of some of the events that have been cut from the textbooks:

1. The man who fought in WWII until 1974

Hiroo Onoda Surrenders on Lubang Island in the Philippines in 1974

In December 1944, a small group of elite soldiers were sent to Lubang Island in the Philippines. Their mission was to destroy the airstrip and the port facilities. Soldiers were forbidden, regardless of the circumstances, to surrender or commit suicide. This small group lead by Hiroo Onada have “fought” WWII until 1974 as they were not aware that the War finished and any messages sent to them to announce the surrender of Japan were considered by them as enemy propaganda.

2. The Aleutian Islands Campaign

The road to Cichagof harbor and the harbor

On June 3, 1942, the Japanese forces occupied the islands named Kiska and Attu which belonged to the state of Alaska. It almost took a whole year for the US army and the Canadian forces to take back the islands due to the geographical conditions and harsh weather. There wasn't much of a confrontation as most of the troops that have been killed or injured were due to military traps, harsh weather, and friendly fire.

3. France going Against its Allies

French Axis troops during 1940

After the capitulation of France in 1940, Germany set up a puppet government in Vichy, which in certainty had no genuine force and control. After the annihilation of France, there were as yet French powers in North Africa, in the Pacific settlements, and on maritime boats. During Operation Torch, Vichy powers had to battle the Allies. The wild obstruction of the Vichy government has cost the Americans 556 dead and 837 injured officers. 300 British officers and 700 French warriors were additionally executed.

4. The implication of South-America

Brazilian troops during World War II

In spite of the fact that it is called World War II, many do exclude any of the nations of South America on the rundown of soldiers. Be that as it may, Brazil, during the eight months of the Italian crusade, the Brazilian Expeditionary Force figured out how to take 20,573 Axis detainees, including two commanders and 892 officials. During the war, Brazil lost 948 individuals, murdered in real life from each of the three administrations. Other South American states added to the war exertion by providing crude materials and sending officers to join the French Free Forces.

5. Operation Drumbeat

Dixie Arrow torpedoed off Cape Hatteras by U-71, 26 March 1942

There is usually talk of Nazi U-boats attacking ships in the Atlantic, around Greenland or closer to Europe, and less of action by German submarines off the coast of the United States. Operation Drumbeat involved 40 U-Boats attacking transport ships very close to the coastline of various US states. Moreover, Nazi submarines launched eight saboteurs on American soil — on Long Island, New York, and Ponte Vedra, Florida (four from Long Island were captured a few weeks later).

6. The Nazi army made up of Europeans

Soldiers of the Third Reich marching

The Nazi powers didn’t comprise just of Germans, German enrollment programs being started in different involved states. The point was to enroll residents and previous warriors in Nazi powers, including the Waffen-SS. For instance, the 37th Infantry Battalion of the Wehrmacht was comprised of Belgians, and Frikorps Denmark was made to enroll Danish Nazis from Denmark. Comparative powers were made in Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Norway, being made even a British power, British Free Corps comprising of 27 warriors from different pieces of the domain, for example, New Zealand, Canada, Australia.

7. The Japanese fire balloons

Japanese fire balloons from WWII

From the fall of 1944 until the start of 1945, Japan started propelling more than 9,000 “Fire Balloons” from the island of Honshu. These inflatables were made of Japanese paper (washi), loaded up with hydrogen and explosives and were to be conveyed by the Jet Stream (air current at high heights, with a speed of more than 200 km/h) to North America where, in a perfect world for the Japanese, they would detonate. Be that as it may, the arrangement was very wasteful and just 1,000 of these inflatables arrived at America, where, in 1945, 6 Americans died in a solitary blast.

8. The escape from Stalag Luft III

A diagram of the escape route from the concentration camp

Stalag Luft III was a Nazi concentration camp for prisoners of war, intended mainly for Allied pilots who were shot down and taken captive. However, these pilots were very skilled and over 600 managed to organize an escape committee that secretly started digging tunnels and making plans. On March 24, 1944, the plan was implemented, but from the beginning, everything went wrong. Only 77 people managed to enter the escape tunnels and were quickly discovered. Of the 77, only 3 escaped unharmed. 50 of the escapees were executed at Hitler’s behest. This escape attempt was transposed, in 1963, in the film “The Great Escape”.

9. The incident from Ni’ihau

Crashed Japanese fighter from Pearl Harbor

On December seventh, 1941, the Japanese bombarded Pearl Harbor. Numerous Japanese pilots had the option to come back to aircraft carriers, however, a couple had been destroyed, or had slammed on the island of Oahu. Japanese pilots were informed that if they somehow managed to crash land, they ought to do as such on the island of Ni’ihau, which they thought was uninhabited.

Shigenori Nishikaichi was a pilot whose plane had been harmed. He crashed on Ni’ihau, which he before long discovered was populated. He was treated as a visitor, however soon they got some answers concerning the assault on Pearl Harbor. 3 Japanese on the island attempted to help Nishikaichi to get away, however in the end they were halted, and Nishikaichi just as one of the Japanese who attempted to help him were slaughtered. This got known as the Ni’ihau episode.

10. The demands made by the Soviets in 1940

Soviet and Nazi soldiers shaking hands

The relations of the great powers were resolved by meetings at the highest level, and in November 1940, Commissioner Veaceslav Mikhailovich Molotov, Comrade Stalin’s right-hand man, visited Berlin. Only oil and grain should have flowed, but Adolf Hitler was shocked to learn of the Kremlin’s wishes. Moscow demanded, among other things, points of support for the Soviet fleet in the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles, as well as in Thessaloniki, Greece being a coveted space by the Italian ally. Adolf Hitler had to agree with Soviet rule in Iran and communist bases in the Persian Gulf. It would have been a huge step towards achieving the ideological goal called the world revolution by capturing British oil reserves.

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Andrei Tapalaga ✒️

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Avid Writer with invaluable knowledge in Business Studies, History and Psychology. “You make your own life” atapalaga97@gmail.com #1 top writer in History

History of Yesterday

From the times that the pyramids were raised to the end of the cold war in this publication you will find it all. This is a publication that has been created to tell the stories of forgotten battles and fortunes that have crafted the world that we live in today.

Andrei Tapalaga ✒️

Written by

Avid Writer with invaluable knowledge in Business Studies, History and Psychology. “You make your own life” atapalaga97@gmail.com #1 top writer in History

History of Yesterday

From the times that the pyramids were raised to the end of the cold war in this publication you will find it all. This is a publication that has been created to tell the stories of forgotten battles and fortunes that have crafted the world that we live in today.

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