There are some things, claims, and stories that are just so hard to believe sometimes that you had to ask for proof before you believe them. Some cynics won’t believe even after being presented with facts. Many things like this happened on the battlegrounds as well. They were so otherworldly and seemingly impossible that they sounded fake, but they aren’t. Wars and conflicts no doubt put human beings in the most extreme situations, and humans are often capable of overcoming and accomplishing remarkable things that we thought could only happen in movies. Here are some of these unbelievable warfare stories:

Daniel Inouye Lost A Hand Still Holding a Live Grenade

Daniel Inouye,
Daniel Inouye, senator from Hawaii. (United States Congress, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Former US Senator from Hawaii Daniel Inouye was a World War II veteran and a Medal of Honor recipient who fought in the 442nd Infantry Regiment. When the war broke out, Inouye had to fight his way from America’s discriminatory policies against the Japanese Americans before the government allowed them to enlist and be part of the military. When he did, he was sent to serve as a sniper in France and Italy, where he was soon promoted to 2nd lieutenant.

His most unbelievable action in combat came on April 21, 1945, when Lt. Inouye led his troops during an assault on the village of San Terenzo in Italy. His troops advanced on three German machine-gun nests and he was shot in the torso. Despite the injury, he still kept pushing forward, throwing grenades at the enemies while firing his submachine gun. He eventually was able to down two of the machine gun nests. He was about to approach the third nest, ready to throw the grenade from which he had just pulled the pin when a round fired by the enemy blew off his right arm.

When he looked, his severed hand was still holding the pinless grenade. Inouye immediately snatched it from the hand that was once his and then threw it at the last gun position, successfully eliminating him just before he passed out. He stayed on the battlefield for the next few hours, directing his troops as the attack went on. It was not until after nine hours that he arrived at the hospital.