It was on this day 77 years ago that Germany invaded Poland and began the infamous World War 2. With almost the entire world involved in the war, WW2 claimed the lives of more than 60 million people. View more at #FactsPediaIn.
Here are a few lesser-known facts about the war that literally changed the world:
Year of Oblivion: 80 per cent of Soviet males born in 1923 didn’t survive the war False Account: Max Heiliger was the fictitious name used by the German defence squad to set up a bank account, in which they deposited money, gold and jewels taken from Jews Not So Simple: The Bavarian word “Nazi” means simple minded. Journalist Konrad Heiden first used it as a term of derision Radar by Chance: British engineer Robert Watson-Watt was working on a ‘death ray’ to destroy enemy aircraft with radio waves. The experiment failed but not entirely, as it evolved radars Russian Toll: More Russians – military and civilians – died during the Siege of Leningrad than all American and British soldiers combined in WWII Shield’s Up: From 1940 to 1945, the US defense budget skyrocketed from 1.9 billion dollars to 59.8 billion dollars Six Million Burnt: The Nazis killed around 12 million people. Over six million of those were the Jews killed in Holocaust. The word means ‘whole burnt’ Camps Charred: After evacuating the German concentration camps, British soldiers charred them down to prevent spread of typhus or other diseases The ‘Karl’: German weapon expert Karl Heinrich Emil Becker made the most powerful artillery gun used in the war named Karl. It was mostly used against the Russians. It could shoot a 2.5 ton shell over three miles. Each shell was 24 inches wide and could go through eight to nine feet of solid concrete.