Odd Facts About the World War 2, 1939 (3)

The Caption in War Illustrated for these articles reads: “Worth Noting Today, and Re-reading in Years to Come”

He Gave Hitler Orders
A former Austrian army officer, who claims that he often gave orders to Hitler during the Great War has enlisted for active service with Canada’s defence forces. He is now a naturalised Canadian.

Berlin’s English Church
The English church in Berlin, which never missed a service during the 1914-1918 war, is to remain open for as long as possible. The English chaplain has been ordered to leave Germany, but services will be carried on with the assistance of an American Episcopalian priest.

Pray Silence For
Men eating in Berlin restaurants were arrested and sent to gaol because they talked loudly during a propaganda broadcast.

Camels Join Up
Camels are drawing ploughs across fields in Northern Germany. They formerly belonged to Hagenbeck’s Circus, the owner of which has placed all his animals at the disposal of the State, Elephants are also being trained to plough.

Italy Rations Gas
The household consumption of gas in Italy is limited from September 21st to seven hours daily.

Rumania Calls Up Specialists
Specialists are being called up to the Rumanian colours. Various Ministries have been ordered to draw up lists of indispensable persons.

Memel Cannot Listen in
All radio receiving-sets in Memel territory, which was seized from Lithuania by Germany in March, have been sealed by the German authorities.

Dyeing to Enlist
At Calgary the patriotic effort of a veteran of the South African and Great Wars to enlist was frustrated by the heat of the room in which he was being examined. Soon after entering the room he began to perspire, and shoe polish which he had used to dye his grey hair began to trickle down his forehead. A rigid cross-examination about his age followed, and when it was discovered to be 77 he was rejected. (Times, Ottawa Correspondent)

Strikes at German Factory
The Ministry of Information stated that two strikes were reported to have taken place in the Opel works in Ruesselheim. Both were followed by a number of arrests.

No More Joy-riding
The German Minister of Economics announced that all rubber tyres, except those for vehicles expressly permitted to continue to operate, are to be confiscated by the State. Tyres already mounted on vehicles must be reported to the authorities must be reported to the authorities, and must be kept in their present condition.

New Style Hand-bag
A gas-mask cardboard container, picked up in a Suffolk village street, was found to contain: Some knitting a ball of wool, a powder compact, lipstick, a mirror, a handkerchief, some letters, a folder containing snapshots, chocolate, and a gas mask.

Germany’s Nervous Home Front
The Gestapo has organised a strict spy system to catch all people spreading rumours. Several death penalties have been carried out. Police charged a crowd in Prague because they cheered Polish prisoners.

First German ‘Conchie’
For failing to carry out his military duties, the first passive register in Germany has been shot. He was described as a ‘fanatical member’ of the Society of Earnest Bible Students.

Overtime Not Counted
Goering’s War Cabinet has abolished the regulations governing adult labour conditions. The working day for men over 16 and for all women has now been extended to 10 hours, although the working week will not exceed 36 hours.

Air Raid Modes
Suggestions for Women’s night raid wear include slacks and a sweater to pull over one’s pyjamas, and a floor-length “house gown” with long zip front fastener. Some smart lines in gas-mask containers have been seen: black velvet cases piped in colour, with a pocket hiding a purse, powder and lipstick; and one in beige material to match the wearer’s suit and held by a broad apple green ribbon.

Hitler in Who’s who
From Wilhemstrasse 77, Berlin W8 as he unpretentiously describes his Chancellery in the publication. Hitler sent to the editor of Who’s Who a revised proof a few weeks ago for the 1940 edition. In spite of the war, he will continue to occupy 30 lines in that work of reference. That is four lines more than Mr Chamberlain takes.

Ribbentrop in Who’s Who
Both Goering and Ribbentrop will keep the Führer company. The latter made several additions to the proof sent to him in June. He added to his credit the annexations of Bohemia, Moravia and Memel. While he may regret having returned the proof too early to include the Soviet Pact among his achievements, he can congratulate himself on having had the foresight to omit any reference to the anti-Comintern Pact in the current issue
(Daily Telegraph)

Black-out Watches
Jewellers throughout the country report a boom in luminous watches as a result of black-out. Those favoured most hand round the neck on a long leather ‘chain’.

No Kickshaws
In France restaurants have adapted their menus to the British taste; Bacon and eggs, ‘rosbif’ and fish and chips are now served wherever British soldiers pass.

Fat Substitutes
The ‘Frankfurter Zeitung’ states that Germany normally uses between 350,000 and 400,00 tons of fat annually. The German Dye Trust is preparing a special fat-substitute for use in medicines and ointments instead of pure fat.

Amateur Artists
Passengers in the liner ‘Athlone Castle’ helped the crew to camouflage the ship when the outbreak of war was announced during the voyage home from capetown.

Poor Mr Churchill!
A German broadcast alleges that three Poles arrested at Czestochowa, near the famous shrine of the Black Virgin, carrying incendiary materials, admitted that they had been bribed by an English-speaking man to set fire to the shrine and the monastery. “This,” added the broadcast , “is another example of Mr Churchill’s policy that in war every crime in justified.”

Well-fed Poilu
French army rations allow each soldier per day: 10 to 12 ounces of meat; one to three ounces of vegetables; nine ounces of bread; one and a half ounces of coffee; two pints of wine for men in the front line, and one pint for those behind it.

Black-out Wear
The Mens Wear Council has shown some striking black-out fashions. They include sleeveless white jackets, which are easy to slip on and off, and can be folded to carry in the pocket.

Free Attention
A notice in a hairdresser’s window in Stepney reads: “Hitler will be shaved for free” in small type the notice adds: “With an extra sharp razor”

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2 Responses to Odd Facts About the World War 2, 1939 (3)

  1. Ethan King says:

    These were interesting and it’s a great collection of little known facts. I was browsing through your facts and found one of the more common ones that I had not pondered upon. I mean I knew it was a world war but this fact astounded me: The estimated number of deaths sustained worldwide during World War II was 72 million!!! That is such a huge figure. People died from so many countries since England used people from their colonies to fight too. What a world we live in!

    • Thanks for your great comments, however I removed the link you added as the only advertising on this website is paid, so unless you want to pay for your website advert, please refrain from attempting to spam !!! You aren’t very good at it !!!

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