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The Creepiest Ghost Stories And Legends From WWII

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Conflicts are always ripe for ghost stories. With all of the tragedies that occur, it’s not uncommon for people to have encounters with some restless spirits. WWII was particularly brutal, and with all of the soldiers, prisoners, and civilians who lost their lives, the possibility of the paranormal is not surprising. These creepy stories from WWII will definitely put you on edge.

There are plenty of WWII ghost stories and legends, and any have been passed down through generations of families. Some soldiers experienced unexplained phenomena, but some people have seen ghosts of those who fought long after - ghosts still in their uniforms, stuck in time. This list includes everything from missing blimps to a mystery in the Swiss Alps. And, of course, the occult.

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    Missing Children

    Missing Children
    Photo: Swiss Federal Archives / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    This story comes from Reddit user Igloo444. Their grandfather was a member of the British Army and was stationed in a remote village in the Swiss Alps during the winter of 1943. The village quickly got snowed in, and all the telephone lines were out. The roads were blocked, and the whole battalion was just stuck in the Swiss Alps for the entire winter.

    Most of the villagers only spoke German, and most of the soldiers only spoke English. So when the soldiers were out at a local bar one night and a man began yelling "Where… take you… the children?" at them, they were pretty confused. They rounded up a translator and took the man back to the base, where he told them that, since their arrival, several small objects had gone missing. A tarp. Some wood. A halberd, which is similar to an ax. And then the children started disappearing. If it had just been one child, they probably would have written it off as a weird or tragic incident. They were, after all, stuck in the mountains, surrounded by snow and wild animals. But three kids?

    Redditor /u/Igloo444 explains:

    The Captain told the villagers that he would continue to look into the matter, and that he would begin sending some of his men to patrol the streets each night looking for whoever (or whatever) was the culprit behind all the strange [disappearances].

    Later that night, Private Reginald disappeared from the barracks.

    Disappearing children was one thing, but a grown man? It seemed unlikely that an animal (even a wolf) could have taken down a healthy full-grown man on its own. Naturally, rumors began to surface that there was some sort of monster living in the mountains that came down at night to feast on the occupants of the village."

    So they keep doing nightly patrols. One night, the grandfather and a few other soldiers see a person standing outside the windows of a darkened house, peering into it. They shout for the figure to stay put. Instead, it takes off running. They gave chase. Eventually, it jumped into a hidden cave and began targeting them. They returned fire, and when the exchange stopped, they investigated. They found Reginald in the cave, deceased, surrounded by seven half-eaten children.

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    Japanese Cannibals

    Japanese Cannibals
    Photo: Tksteven / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Toward the end of the conflict, Japanese soldiers in Singapore and New Guinea began eating captured POWs. And it is not because they were starving - they were doing it simply because they could and to reinforce their bonds.

    Sometimes the prisoners were deceased when the Japanese began to hack off their flesh, but sometimes, they were still alive.

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    The Mystery Of The L-8 Blimp

    The Mystery Of The L-8 Blimp
    Photo: U.S. Navy / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    In 1942, a Navy blimp called the L-8 took off from Treasure Island in the Bay Area on a submarine-spotting mission with a two-man crew. A few hours later, it came back to land and collided into a house in Daly City. Everything on board was in its proper place; no emergency gear had been used.

    But the crew? The crew was gone. They were never found.

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    Ghosts Of Normandy

    Ghosts Of Normandy
    Photo: Philippe Ales / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

    One father took a trip through France with his family. He wanted to visit Normandy and see a few sites from WWII. His daughter was 7 years old at the time, and he says that she had, at that point, never been exposed to any history about WWII and didn't know what either side's uniforms looked like. After they returned home, things got a little odd. He writes:

    Over the past year, my daughter has often spoke of 'things' or 'men' that she saw looking at her, pointing guns at her, and following her while we were in the bunkers and around the Normandy area. She often described them as crouching down, hiding behind corners, holding guns and looking as if they were very mad.

    He started asking her questions about what she saw. Here's one conversation he had:

    'Were you scared?'

    'Yes, but I knew they weren't trying to hurt me. So I didn't think anything of it, but there were a lot of them. Everywhere I looked. They were moving around, like army men do. Kind of crawling, but bent over. When we would walk out of a bunker, I would see one in the grass, or behind a tree. Then when I was in the car, I could see them looking at me from behind a fence in a field. Sometimes a lot of them, sometimes only one or two.'

    She also described their uniforms perfectly, camouflage and everything.