Pink planes and painted cows: The weird side of World War II

Venus the bulldog, mascot of the destroyer HMS Vansittart.

Image: Imperial War Museums

These images are drawn from Weird War Two, a new book from the Imperial War Museums that explores the stranger side of the Second World War.

From the squad of apes Churchill deployed to Gibraltar based on a superstition, to the Nazi plot to kill British command with exploding chocolate bars, to the POWs who built a glider to escape prison, the book catalogues the bizarre, baffling, and ingenious ways...

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