Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima in 1945 when the United States dropped an atomic bomb less than 2 miles from him. Seriously injured, Yamaguchi made his way through the destroyed city and home to Nagasaki.
In one of the more bizarre episodes of World War 2, the Soviets trained dogs to go under German tanks with explosives strapped to their bodies. More than 40’000 dogs were used by the Soviet military and the plan was to use all of them to seriously impede the German advance.
In 1944, the Allies invaded German occupied France in the Normandy. Once the first troops secured the beach, they installed 2 harbours (Mulberry A and B), made out of 144’000 tons of concrete, 105’000 tons of steel, 85’000 tons of ballast and several miles of floating bridges.
Rudolf Hess had been a loyal follower of Hitler since the 1920s. In 1941 he was supposedly number 2 after Hitler. In 1941, World War 2 was in full swing and the Royal Airforce had their hands full with constant German attacks.