World War II ... statistics and other tidbits
motivated by a discussion on the Web Ring

So we were talking about WW2 and who won what war (land, sea and air) and who had more of what equipment and who ...

>Yeah, so?
So I surfed (my daily exercise) and dug up some interesting stuff, like this:



Some interesting tidbits:

  • First Reich = Holy Roman Empire.
    Second Reich = Bismark's Germany
    Third Reich = Hitler's Germany
  • The town of Swastika, Ontario changed its name to "Winston" (as in Winston Churchill) when the war broke out.
    They soon changed it back to Swastika because: "We came up with our name first"
  • The V for Victory was the idea of a Belgian refugee in London.
  • The first German serviceman killed in the war was killed by the Japanese.
    The first American serviceman killed was killed by the Russians.
    The highest ranking American killed was Lt. Gen. Lesley McNair, killed by the US Army Air Corps.
  • When the US Army landed in North Africa, among the equipment brought ashore were 3 complete Coca-Cola bottling plants.
  • Hundreds of U.S. and Canadian troops died in the fight for Kishka in the Aleutians ... but there were no Japanese there (!?)

>Amusing, but all true?
Who knows ...

Sources: BBC stuff   little known facts   more tidbits   the Aleutians