Although the Second World War has generated surprising findings , it is undeniable horror of the holocaust and conflicts that permeate the event. Furthermore, although many researchers and historians have tried to unravel the mysteries of a conflict that has marked the history of mankind, there are still many questions that remain unanswered.
Below, you can see eight mysterious and little known facts about the Second World War:
1. Brazil: a country not as neutral as first thought
Although Brazil is known as a more neutral country, or who prefers not to take part in wars and conflicts taking place worldwide during the Second World War he had a very active role. In wartime, it was believed that the Nazis could attack South America, starting from French colonies who occupied Africa.
Given this possibility, the United States created aviation bases in northeastern Brazil. At that time, they used this strategy as a front investment in the development of commercial aviation – not via new technology since the First World War. However, Brazilian lands are at strategic points in relation to Africa.
In 1941 a Brazilian ship was attacked by a Nazi plane and the following year, tens were decimated. In August 1942, 600 Brazilians were killed in the five ships hit by U-507 submarine. On the 22nd of the same month, Vargas declared the state of war against the Axis.
2. The battle (imaginary) of Los Angeles
A few months after the events of Pearl Harbor, the US was going through a hard time – especially on the west coast. All people kept an eye on the skies with fear of possible new Japanese attacks. In February 1942, a Japanese submarine shelled the Ellwood oil field, which was near Santa Barbara. Later that month, the tension exploded into a fit of hysteria.
The disappearance of a weather balloon started the panic. After that, fireworks were launched into the air to ward off possible threats and to warn of danger. However, the people saw the signs as being of more attacks and triggered a series of anti-aircraft measures. Activities continued for many nights. In the end, the only casualties were one victims killed by heart attack and three by friendly fire.
At the time, American newspapers said the whole thing was orchestrated to induce panic and get more support for the war. The military did little to alleviate concerns, and a public inquiry was carried out only 40 years after the fact.
3. The mysterious disappearance of Flight 19 and the Bermuda Triangle
This is one of the most mysterious incidents of all time. It happened a few months after the war ended, although it involves the US Army and an aircraft flown during World War II. In it, the Lieutenant Charles Taylor led a group of five aircraft TBM Avenger on a training exercise towards the Naval Station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Radio, Taylor complained that his compass was not working and he did not know where he was. After many hours of flying blind, the aircraft ran out of fuel. Since then, none of them was seen and all 14 men involved were presumed dead. The military investigation was also not very detailed.
Taylor already had a history of getting lost while flying and several radio operators – and even junior members of the flight 19 – seemed to know where they were. But, following Taylor’s leadership, they ended up flying to some distant place in the Atlantic, rather than return to Florida.
In it, the crew had had premonitions that warned not to board the doomed flight – out the alleged radio transmissions as “the sky is all wrong here.” But still, this is a very frightening legend alone – five aircraft lost in the open sea, with night approaching and bad weather, and the very causes of the deaths of the crew remain unknown to this day.
The last radio transmission was a distorted and incomprehensible message. The operators were only able to identify the call signs of the aircraft “… FT FT FT … …”. As the bodies of the crew and the aircraft were never found, the truth behind the flight 19 is still a mystery.
4. The strange life of Rudolf Hess
Life of Rudolf Hess seems to have come straight out of a book of spies, full of bizarre twists and strange plots, masking events even more confused. Hess was a prominent figure in Germany, acting as deputy of Hitler in the Nazi Party.
On the eve of the German declaration of war with the Soviet Union, he flew alone to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom, but instead ended up being arrested. He was tried at Nuremberg and sentenced to life imprisonment in Spandau Jail in Berlin, where he died in 1987. The question that arises is: why Rudolf Hess intentionally flew to Scotland to be arrested?
It was clear that Hess wanted to try a diplomatic victory by sealing a peace treaty between the Third Reich and England, but there is no document to show that any British government official to pass the impression that an agreement could be made between them. There is also no evidence that British officials have deceived Hess and forced to make this flight.
The incident may also be considered a last effort to Hess to win the approval of England, considering that a war with Russia could eventually culminate in the end of the Third Reich. The event remains one of the most documented and influential mysteries of World War II.
There are also some conspiracy theories behind the story. The Russians have always suspected that Hess was secretly trying to unify Germany and England, so that both could attack Russia.
When arrested, Rudolf health also deteriorated enough, and when it was judged, the man suffered from amnesia and could not remember his time as a Nazi. Some people believed that the real Hess was hidden and that the man who was tried and convicted was an impostor. Suspicions only increased when he was the last inhabitant of Spandau, in 1987, and the place was demolished shortly after his death.
5. The Second World War ghost planes
Although they appear urban legends, there are several stories that narrate the appearance of aircraft ghosts – few of them documented. There are basically two types. At first, the planes are seen in a post-war context, where people end up finding the vehicles of the past.
Generally, the scenario involves a young couple who claims to have seen a vintage model across the skies at low altitude – sometimes even a group of them. Some of these stories are well informed: the plane disappears in the air, the appearance was an omen of an accident that occurred shortly afterwards, the pilots waving sadly to viewers below etc. Some reports involve speculation about “gaps in time.”
The second type is more interesting – and macabre. Some sightings occurred during the war. In them, the plots address aircraft departed on a dangerous mission. Later, all aircraft returned, except one. All observe the heavens waiting for the vehicle, but nothing appears. Then, hours later, a sound is heard at a distance and a plane is seen.
There is a story that says a broken plane was seen hours after the Pearl Harbor attack. The witnesses could see the pilot on board, but when the plane crashed, there was absolutely nothing in it. Bizarre…
6. UFO participated in the war
The term foo fighter was used by pilots of allied infantry to refer to mysterious aerial phenomena seen in the missions of the Pacific Theater of Operations and in the skies over Europe. The first appearances occurred in November 1944, when the pilots who flew over Germany reported seeing bright objects flying at high speed and watching the planes.
These mysterious objects were described as red, white or orange bright fireballs. Some pilots said they looked like Christmas tree lights, and they ranged in size from about 91 meters and 30 centimeters. Foo fighters could not be overthrown or overcome.
During World War II, these events have been widely studied. Even renowned scientists such as David Griggs, Luis Alvarez and HP Robertson, also evaluated such claims. However, the phenomenon has never been explained, since most of the information about the incident was kept under secrecy and never revealed by any military intelligence.
7. Secrets of Amber Room
Another mystery of the Second World War is the disappearance of the treasures of Amber Room. The room was 55 square meters and consisted of several panels decorated with amber, plated mirrors with gold and four Florence mosaics. The hall contained precious jewels and a bookcase containing a rare collection illustrations depicting valuable relics of Prussia and Russia.
However, in April 1945, after the German surrender, the treasure was nowhere to be found and has not been seen since. However, evidence of a possible dugout where the treasure might be hidden have recently been discovered.
8. The strange coincidences of “Deadly Double”
If you scour the world of paranormal experiences, will eventually come across numerology. The numerologists are people who find meaning in strange numerical coincidences – that sometimes have credibility. But in the case of “Deadly Double” (Mortal-Double), the numbers are combined frighteningly well.
A few weeks before the attack on Pearl Harbor, some strange ads appeared in New York. They were advertising a new game called “The Deadly Double”. One showed a pair of dice marked with the numbers 0, 5, 7, XX, 24 and 12. At the top, a number of calls in various languages warned: “Achtung! Warning! ! Alert “- that is,” Be careful! “.
Although the ads have a suspicious appearance, only in retrospect they could have a coded message. For example, the numbers could make a reference to the date of Pear Harbor attack (7/12), and other numbers could represent the codes which should be decrypted by the agents who were masked in the USA.
Other than that, the “Deadly Double” was also considered a possible reference to the double threat from Japan and Germany. How many mysteries retold, people tend to overlook the facts and emphasize the unknown.
The five and zero are sometimes considered as a possible prediction about the beginning of the attack, but the first aircraft only opened fire at 7:48 local time of Pear Harbor. However, the identity of the advertising creator remains unknown to this day. It may seem silly, but at the time, even the FBI was involved in the investigation into the “Deadly Double”.