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FASCINATING FACTS: 15 Shocking Facts About World War 2

 

World war 2 is one of the most devastating chapter in the history of mankind. It changed the world with technology advancements, nuclear power and a lot more. However not all facts about world war 2 are known to everyone. Check out this list below and get to know all unknown facts about world war 2.

1. Around 3% of the 1939 world population were killed in World War 2.

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The era of World War 2 has reported a total death of over 60 million people which was more than 3% of the estimated world population in 1939(i.e. 2 billion). In the history of mankind these many people have not died in a military conflict before. If deaths from war-related disease and famine are to be considered, then the count goes to 80 million.

Russian Government has reported that USSR lost 26.6 million lives during WW2. In August 2009, Polish Institute of National Remembrance has estimated the number of deaths in Poland to be between 5.6-5.8 million, whereas for Germany a figure of 5.3 million has been given by Rudiger Overmans, a German Army historian.(source)

2. 80% of the males born in Soviet in 1923 died during World War 2.

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Germans invaded Soviet Union in 1941 during the World War 2. It was a huge invasion and young Soviet Union soldiers in the troop that were born in 1923 were not experienced for such an attack. They were always taken by surprised and either killed or taken as prisoners and later persecuted by the Nazi’s. After the World War 2 attacks only 1,100 out of 3,400 males born in 1923 were left alive.(source)

3. All venomous animals of London Zoo were killed.

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At the outbreak of the Second World War on 3rd September 1939, London Zoo killed all the venomous animals at the zoo. This was done to avoid any casualties caused due to the escape of dangerous animals, in case the zoo were bombed. All poisonous animals except a Komodo dragon and Chinese alligators were saved. Two huge pythons, one 28 ft long and second 25 ft long were also preserved in two large wooden boxes.(source)

4. German “Operation Barbarossa” led to mass killing of 5.5 million Soviet prisoners by the Nazi’s in 1941-42.

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In a span of eight months, Nazi’s killed 2.8 million Soviet prisoners. They used techniques like starvation, exposure to poisonous gases and holocausts for this concentrated gendericide. This was part of Hitler’s “Operation Barbarossa” in which more than 5.5 million Soviet prisoners were either exposed to death or sent to Germany for extermination.(source)

5. 3700 “Tsunami bombs” tested in waters of New Caledonia.

During the World War 2 U.S and New Zealand carried out a secret operation named “ Project Seal” in which they tested a device that was competent with the nuclear bomb. The device created could create a series of 10 large offshore blasts which would then result in a 33 foot tsunami capable of engulfing an entire city. These tests were carried out in New Caledonia and Auckland.(source)

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