Lesser known and mind blowing facts about World War 2

Lesser known and mind blowing facts about World War 2

  1. Japan was the first country to use nuclear weapons. They dropped nuclear waste (from their bomb production program) from balloons floating across the Pacific. I do not think any of the nuclear waste reached the United States
  2. Germany landed spies in Long Island Sound I’ve never seen reports about this Landing but I know individuals who personally found German uniforms on rocks and beaches, inferring they changed into civvies.
  3. The US interned not only Japanese but also Italians and Germans but only the Japanese got reparations not the Germans and Italians.
  4. Although there was a well known element of Americans to stay out of war, quite a few Irish looked at Hitler providing a better option than Britain, for the Republic of Ireland. These Irish weren’t isolationist, but pro Germany.
  5. Roosevelt was in favor of a Jewish homeland. The American Jews had a Zionist faction who wanted Palestine, and a non-Zionist faction who wanted a piece of actual Germany. Roosevelt leaned toward the latter, and set aside a piece of Germany, shown on maps as a postwar Joint American British Zone, near Bremen. (Although discussions to make it three times larger took place). Roosevelt’s death put Truman as the decision maker, and Palestine replaced the German Joint Zone.
  6. Boeing developed the B-29 with their own money and the US military thanked them by giving them the plans (aeronautical data) for a jet bomber. And the military said, make us a tanker with this. This became the KC-135 and the Boeing 707.
  7. Numerous German plans became US planes – the B-47 was quite successful, another, the F-7 was not and killed four test pilots, as well as many others.
  8. Code Talkers are well known, but what is not well known is that the first batch of code talkers were telegraphers on the Union Pacific Railroad. Partially as a result of this, UP got preferential treatment and upgraded their signal system to stuff up to six times as many trains on a piece of track, compared to other railroads. And allowed them to get empty cars back to where they were needed, better than most railroads. After VE day, UP and the big Eastern railroads worked together to get troops across the US, to the Pacific ports (which also involved getting empties back quickly). Again the government thanked them, after VJ day, this time by giving them a bigger share transporting returning soldiers, to the dismay of competing railroads. But the UP got preference largely due to efficiency, and only slightly due to the visibility of the code talkers. But some other railroads took it out on Indians, and had an aspect of bigotry for decades after the war.