World War 2 Facts for Kids

These facts from World War 2 should help place the immense scale and magnitude of the war into perspective. Too often we think back to a great war such as this one and fail to fully appreciate the true scope of what World War 2 was. As society becomes more and more modernized and travels further from what life was like back in the 1940s, it becomes more and more important to keep in mind the specifics of such a turning point in our history.

World War 2 Facts:

  • The youngest American soldier to fight in the war was 12-year-old Calvin Graham. He was wounded in battle and later discharged for lying about his real age.
  • The first American soldier was killed by the Russians in 1940 in Finland.
  • Strangely enough, the United States Army deployed and used more ships than the United States Navy.
  • 84 German Generals were executed at the command of Adolf Hitler throughout the duration of the war. The reasons for their execution varied.
  • Surprisingly, amongst the first Germans captured at Normandy were numerous Korean soldiers. Originally, the Koreans fought for the Korean army (obviously), but were captured by the Japanese and forced to fight for the Japanese army. When the Japanese army was captured by the Russian army, the Koreans went on to fight for Russia. Finally, this long and amusing chain came to an end as the Koreans were captured by the Germans and forced to fight for the German army.

  • Approximately 40,000 men served on U-Boats during the war. Of those 40,000, approximately 30,000 never made it through the war.
  • Germany's experience in the air wasn't too successful during the war. Approximately between 40 and 45 percent of all their aircraft were destroyed due to accident and not due to combat.
  • Between 1939 and 1945, the Allied armies dropped 3.4 million tons of bombs.
  • The number of Americans who joined the armed forces for World War 2 is numbered around 12 million.
  • Though the number of Americans who joined the war is around 12 million, many more moved to take jobs that would help the war effort. The approximate number of Americans who moved to take on war jobs was 15 million strong.
  • Italy was stuck with a hefty sum of money to pay following the war. Their reparations amounted to $36 million.
  • The average length of service for someone in the U.S. Military was 33 months.
  • The estimated number of people serving worldwide during World War II was 1.9 billion
  • Air raids caused huge scores of deaths to civilians. The estimated number of civilians killed in Germany during air raids was 543,000 while the number was 60,400 in Britain. 

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North Wind 6 years ago from The World (for now)

This is great! I really think that kids today do not know enough facts concerning the world wars.

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Tusitala Tom 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Yes, after the two World Wars everything else falls almost into what you'd call a skirmish. It is said Albert Einstein remarked, "I don't know what weapons people will be using in World War Three, if it occurs. But I do know this: World War Four would be fought with bows and arrows."

Yet we never seem to learn, and continue to build bigger and more deadly weapons...

monkeybum97 5 years ago

this is a great website i am concerned that kids do not know much about world wars and need more education about them.

manel 5 years ago

very sad ww2

Melinda 5 years ago

This is so interesting, especially the fact that someone joined the army when he was 12 years old!

adem 5 years ago

wow sooo sad

mee 5 years ago

this cool

charles 5 years ago

cool beans

Fatso 5 years ago

This is useful! lol lol lol lol lol

Fatso'sFriend 5 years ago

this helps. omg

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katiedoyle100 5 years ago

I really love learning about WWII so I really appreciate that you made something creative for kids to learn about it, too.

Max sanford 5 years ago

like it

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Amber 5 years ago

hi cool

urgh 5 years ago

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cody 5 years ago

yea i love ww2

david 5 years ago

yo cody

coco2100 5 years ago

yo david

masterpaul12 5 years ago


:( 5 years ago

It is so sad that a 12 year old kid went into the war!

paidinfull80 4 years ago

cant believe a 12 year old kid would lie about his age just to join the military. then get wuonded and almost die.


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mary collins 4 years ago

hi to all

A kid :3 4 years ago

I'm 11 and this was a great source of information for me :D

horny monster 4 years ago

this is so stupid

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edward 4 years ago

to amazing that a 12 year old lied to go to world war 2 atleast he turned famous

Purple Shadow 4 years ago

Great for kids to learn about some neat facts.

lucy 4 years ago

yes world war was very sad.Ow and by the way i injoy this website.It is very usfull i thx

your sincerely lucy jane rogers

19 april 2002


siefhsorfgld 4 years ago

wow this is so so so sad

hi 4 years ago

go britain.

harriet 4 years ago

im 11 and I know loads about the WWII out of ten its nine and three quarters!lol it was a real help

thx u

fiona 4 years ago

i am 11 and i found outa lot about wourld war 2!!!!!!!!

jake 4 years ago

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carson 4 years ago

i hate studiing but what's weird to me is how would a 12 old boy get passed the army gaurds

unknown 3 years ago

............. that was useful

kala 3 years ago

sooo sad

ellie 3 years ago


Amber 3 years ago

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shannon ros 3 years ago

My pappa was in ww2xx

mohammad rashidi 3 years ago

my name is mohammad i"m from iran thanks

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bryant 3 years ago

hi everyone

some kid ;-) 3 years ago

I'm only 11 and I used them for a school project and my teacher said that they're great facts

Thanks for the A+ on my project!

beth 3 years ago

i have learnt so much

Charley 2 years ago

Amazing helped me with my homework a lot

kayleigh 2 years ago

I have learnt so much from that I have

aristide12 2 years ago

it not good that 12 people go to ww2 nhot good and it good writing

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