10 Interesting Facts About World War II That You Might Not Know

Monopoly actually played a very important role during the war.

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1. President Roosevelt used Al Capone’s Limousine

Via allproudamericans.com

On the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Secret Service realized they did not have a have a bulletproof car to transport President Roosevelt safely to Congress to deliver his Infamy Speech. A quick thinking Secret Service agent realized that the U.S. Treasury had seized the bulletproof limo of Al Capone in 1931.

The car was still in working condition and safely transported the president to Congress. President Roosevelt reportedly quipped, “I hope Mr. Capone won’t mind."

2. Calvin Graham was the youngest U.S. serviceman, he lied about his age and enlisted in the Navy at age 12 in 1942, it wasn’t until after he was wounded that his real age was discovered.

4. The term Third Reich was first used by German author Arthur Moeller van den Bruck in his 1923 book Das Dritte Reich ("The Third Reich"). His book heavily influenced the Nazi party.

Via od43.com

Moeller van den Bruck wrote that there were two previous Reichs:

- The First Reich was the Holy Roman Empire (962-1806)

- The Second Reich was the German Empire of 1871-1918

5. The SS ran a brothel named “The Kitty Salon,” that was frequented by foreign diplomats. They gathered intelligence by wiretapping it and training the prostitutes on how to get information from clients.

10. "Monopoly" board games helped thousands of Allied POWs escape German camps.

Via monopoly.cdbpdx.com

Germany allowed the Red Cross to send care packages to POWs and among the items that could to be sent were board games. Special Monopoly boxes were created that contained items to help the prisoners escape:

- German, French, and Italian money currency was hidden within the Monopoly money.

- A metal file, hidden within the board.

- A small compass hidden in a play piece

- Silk maps of the prison and it’s location hidden inside the hotel pieces.