#1  
  02-09-2011, 04:50 AM
 
Member Removed / Locked / Why?
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Stats: 389 posts since Aug 2005
Thanks: 10 times in 10 posts
1. The first German serviceman killed in WW II was killed by the Japanese (China, 1937), the first American serviceman killed was killed by the Russians (Finland 1940); highest ranking American killed was Lt Gen Lesley McNair, killed by the US Army Air Corps. So much for allies.

2. The youngest US serviceman was 12 year old Calvin Graham, USN. He was wounded and given a Dishonorable Discharge for lying about his age. His benefits were later restored by act of Congress.

3. At the time of Pearl Harbor, the top US Navy command was called CINCUS (pronounced 'sink us'), the shoulder patch of the US Army's 45th Infantry division was the Swastika, and Hitler's private train was named 'Amerika.' All three were soon changed for PR purposes.

4. More US servicemen died in the Air Corps than the Marine Corps. While completing the required 30 missions, your chance of being killed was 71%.

5. Generally speaking, there was no such thing as an average fighter pilot. You were either an ace or a target. For instance, Japanese Ace Hiroyoshi Nishizawa shot down over 80 planes. He died while a passenger on a cargo plane.

6. It was a common practice on fighter planes to load every 5th round with a tracer round to aid in aiming. This was a mistake. Tracers had different ballistics so (at long range) if your tracers were hitting the target 80% of your rounds were missing. Worse yet tracers instantly told your enemy he was under fire and from which direction. Worst of all was the practice of loading a string of tracers at the end of the belt to tell you that you were out of ammo. This was definitely not something you wanted to tell the enemy. Units that stopped using tracers saw their success rate nearly double and their loss rate go down.

YOU'VE GOT TO LOVE THIS ONE........

7. When allied armies reached the Rhine, the first thing men did was pee in it. This was pretty universal from the lowest private to Winston Churchill (who made a big show of it) and Gen. Patton (who had himself photographed in the act).

8. German Me-264 bombers were capable of bombing New York City, but they decided it wasn't worth the effort.

9. German submarine U-120 was sunk by a malfunctioning toilet.

10. Among the first 'Germans' captured at Normandy were several Koreans. They had been forced to fight for the Japanese Army until they were captured by the Russians and forced to fight for the Russian Army until they were captured by the Germans and forced to fight for the German Army until they were captured by the US Army.

AND I SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST....

11. Following a massive naval bombardment, 35,000 United States and Canadian troops stormed ashore at Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands. 21 troops were killed in the assault on the island. It could have been worse if there had been any Japanese on the island.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
  02-28-2011, 02:27 PM
 
Verified Member
 

Stats: 308 posts since Feb 2010
Status: Verified Member
Thanks: 5 times in 5 posts
Hello:
As trivia, the story of U-120 is amusing but as historical fact, I understand it to be incorrect.
U-120 was launched 16.3.1940 after being commandeered by the Kriegsmarine from the Royal Yugoslav Navy and used in training flotillas throughout the war until she was scuttled in Bremerhaven on 2.5.1945. She was later raised and scrapped.
Still, the stories that have come to circulate about the war can be amusing.
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
More Trivia Pictures to be identified vigilante407 The Coffee Clutch: TV Talk and News 9 04-23-2010 11:51 PM
90's Trivia, can you answer all of these? Any? SavageAmusement The Coffee Clutch: TV Talk and News 6 03-12-2010 01:39 AM
Movie Trivia bratac19 The Coffee Clutch: TV Talk and News 1 08-15-2006 12:46 PM
Way off the wall trivia bratac19 The Coffee Clutch: TV Talk and News 4 12-31-2005 03:37 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:57 AM  —  vBulletin Copyright Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd

Contact Us   -   Top of Page   -   Site Home   -   Forum Home   -   Archive   -   Forum Policies