World War Two Facts for Kids – 5 Wonderful Facts about The World War Two

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Do you know that some of the important inventions that we use today have been invented during World War 2? Here are five wonderful World War Two facts for kids.

World War Two Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: The Biggest Tank Battle in History Happened During World War Two

The battle of Kursk was a part of the German campaign to invade Russia. During this campaign they tried to invade the Russian town of Kursk. There were over 2000 tanks involved in the battle and nearly a million troops. That’s a very big battle.

World War Two Facts for Kids
Antique tank from the World War II

World War Two Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: The World’s First Computer was Created to Break Nazi Codes

One of our favourite World War Two facts for kids:
Computers now are very small and very smart but the first computer ever made was created to do just one thing. It was created to break a German spy code called the Enigma code. German spies and commanders used this code to communicate and breaking it was very important.

This code could not be cracked by humans so a brilliant mathematician called Alan Turing created a machine that could do lots of maths all at once to break the code before it was changed. This machine shortened the war by between two and four years, saving millions of lives.

World War Two Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: British People Fundraised Money to Make One of The Best Planes in The War

The Spitfire is one of the best known fighter planes in history and it was very helpful in Britain’s war efforts. A new and highly effective war plane was very expensive to make and so the British people tried their best to help out. People were encouraged to give what ever they could and could even pay for specific parts of the plane. A single rivet to help attach parts of the plane together would cost 6 pennies.

Many people donated some of their wages, some people went without treats and donated that money instead. One boy who was 7 years old called Fred gave his pocket money to the Spitfire fund.

Fighter plane

World War Two Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Americans Changed The Name of Hamburgers During World War 2

The hamburger is named after the German city of Hamburg where the idea of a minced beef sandwich originated. Because the Americans were fighting against Germany they did not want one of their staple foods named after a German city. They renamed hamburgers ‘liberty steaks’ for the duration of the war.

World War Two Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: Victory Gardens Were Set Up to Grow Vegetables During Rationing

Rationing was a system of reducing how much people could buy to prevent running out of resources during war time. In Britain people were given books which listed how much they bought of rationed foods and how much more they could buy that week or month. One way people got more food during rationing was to grow their own.

Posters from both the British and American governments encouraged their citizens to grow their own vegetables in patches called ‘Victory Gardens’. These gardens were a great source of food and reduced the pressure on the government during wartime.

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Corn plant on field

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about The World War Two as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic these facts are, you can move on to learn about other historical people, events, inventions and buildings like: Native American History, The Inuit, The Anglo Saxons, Vikings, Viking Warriors, Celts, Egyptians, History of Medicine, Jane Austen, Arthur Conan Doyle, William Shakespeare, Plaster Cast, Defibrillator, Pneumatic Tyre, Ejector Seat, Microwave ovens, Computer, 90’s Inventions, Radio, Telephone, Ice Cream, The Egyptian Pyramids, Egyptian Statues, Heka, Sobek and Ancient Inventions

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