Bizzare War Stories
We have seen many armed conflicts till date. Many of them managed to change the world forever. Here are some fascinating facts about Wars and Bizzare War Stories:
- The 20th century has seen the maximum number of wars. During the 20th century, War was being fought somewhere on the planet every year, and at least 165 major conflicts were being fought. About 40 million soldiers died; nearly 75 percent of them in the Two World Wars. Millions of civilians also lost their lives in the conflicts.
- The Shortest War on record lasted just 38 minutes. Britain and Zanzibar fought this war on an island off the East coast of Africa, in 1896.
- The Thirty Years’ War started when some Protestants chucked two Catholic envoys out of a castle window in Prague on to a heap of poo.
- Some Mexican soldiers wrecked a shop belonging to a French pastry cook. The Mexican government refused to compensate him, so a French army invaded. This was called the “Pastry War” (1838).
- Cod War (1975)– United Kingdom and Iceland fought over fishing rights in the North Atlantic. There was not much actual fighting, but a lot of net cutting!
- Honduras and El Salvador fought a Hundred Hour War (1969) after a riot broke out at a football match.
- German and British troops fighting in the trenches called a temporary truce on Christmas Day (1914) to play a football match.
- The Soviet army trained dogs to crawl under tanks with explosives devices strapped to their backs in World War II. This led to the demolishing of the army tanks.
- To avoid using the German sounding name ‘hamburger’ during World War II, Americans used the name ‘Liberty Steak’.
- In World War II, officially a British Soldier had to be 19 years old to serve overseas; but many lied about their age. About 250,000 underage boys served in the War. A 12-year-old boy was the youngest British soldier.
- Polish Catholic Midwife Stanislawa Leszczynska delivered 3000 babies at Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust in occupied Poland.
- Adolf Hitler and Henry Poland both kept a framed picture of the other on his desk.
- During the Vietnam War, a US task force is known as ‘Tiger Force’ routinely cut off the ears of its victims to make necklaces from them.
- The Vietnamese used Slinkys in the Vietnam War as mobile radio antennas. They would sling the Slinky over branches and extend the range of their radios.
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