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10 Shocking Facts About World War II You Didn’t Know



World War II, aka the Second World War, was a worldwide war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, though some related conflicts started earlier. WWII involved the majority of the world’s countries – including all of the great powers – ultimately forming two military alliances: the Axis and the Allies. World War II was the most widespread war in history and involved over 100 million individuals from more than 30 nations. This list contains some shocking facts about World War II you didn’t know.

​Max Heiliger

Max Heiliger was the fake name used by the German defense squad to establish a bank account in which they deposited jewels, gold and cash taken from Jews.

Men

About 68% of men born in Soviet Russia in 1923 lost their lives during WWII.