This is for everyone who thinks they’re an expert in all things related to World War II. However, like most topics, there is always more to learn! Since we at Get.factual focus on factual documentaries — we thought we’d share some of our favorite lesser known facts about the Second World War. Here are some quick bits of history that many people probably do not know about!
Toilet Paper was Limited
First things first. It doesn’t matter if people are in the middle of a war or not, they still gotta go to the loo. Unfortunately, British soldiers were not blessed with high amounts of toilet paper. Instead, they only got 3 sheets (!) per day. Yes, that’s right. By the way, Americans received not 4, not 5, but 22 sheets of toilet paper. Not fair!
Queen Elizabeth Served as a Mechanic
Say what?! Before turning 18 in 1944, the then future Queen served in the field of Auxiliary Technological Service. So basically, she was a driver and a mechanic during the war. As soon as she turned 18 though, the King made her return to London because becoming Queen was rather important.
The Youngest Soldier was 12
…but only because he lied about his age. Damn! Lil’ Calvin Graham from Texas faked his mother’s signature, wore his big brother’s clothes and even used a deeper voice in order to become a part of the Navy. It somehow worked, and he served there until the ship was damaged. When his mother recognized him on the news, his real age was revealed and he was dishonorably discharged. However, he was celebrated as a real hero when he returned to his hometown. Did Hollywood already make a movie based on this? If not, it’s about time!
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