New Book launched! 1001 Sensational Second World War Facts
It’s been almost two years since I published my last book Invasion! But I am kicking off 2021 in style with the launch of a brand new WW2 Factbook – 1001 Sensational Second World War Facts – which is available now on Amazon Kindle worldwide.
A paperback version of the book will be available very soon, and as soon as I get my head around the different formatting requirements of some of the other e-book distributors, I hope to be able to offer up this one on KOBO, Apple books, Barnes and Noble and a host of other platforms…
As you can probably guess from the title, the book is a WW2 factbook, but it is no ordinary factbook. No. It just happens to be the biggest, baddest WW2 factbook in the history of WW2 factbooks. And that’s a fact.
Obviously in the making of the book I had to wade through an awful lot of facts, good ones, bad ones and ones that were just plainly made up! Here are my top ten favourite facts from the book (in no particular order – although my personal all-time favourite single WW2 fact is the last one in this little list):
- Yugoslavia suffered more military casualties than both the United Kingdom and the USA with around 446,000 deaths
- Since the end of the war, over 2-dozen Medals of Honor have been awarded to men who were denied the Medal during the war due to their race, ethnicity, or religion
- Taking place over 100,000 square miles of ocean, the Battle of Leyte Gulf is widely recognised as the largest naval battle ever fought
- The SS opened a bank account in which they deposited gold, jewels and money taken from Jewish victims. The bank account was under a fictitious name – Max Heiliger
- During the battle of Stalingrad, the life expectancy of the average Red Army soldier was 24 hours
- The youngest US serviceman was Calvin Graham who enlisted in the US Navy after Pearl Harbor aged just 12 years old. He was wounded in combat and given a Dishonourable Discharge for lying about his age. (His benefits were later restored by an act of Congress)
- Luftwaffe fighter pilot Erich Hartmann racked up 352 confirmed kills making him the most successful fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare
- Delighted with the destruction the Luftwaffe had caused to Coventry in a single raid, the German propaganda ministry invented a new word – Coventrieren or to ‘Coventrate’ – which meant to devastate via heavy bombing
- The whole attack on Pearl Harbor lasted approximately 110 minutes
- On 5 May 1945, Troops of the 23rd US Tank Battalion under Captain John ‘Jack’ Lee and a number of German soldiers led by Major Joseph ‘Sepp’ Gangl joined together to defend Castle Itter in Austria and its prisoners (including former French Prime Ministers and the sister of Charles de Gaulle) from the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division. It is the only known time during the war that German and Americans fought side by side
Get another 991 Second World War Facts right now by downloading the Kindle ebook for just £2.99