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

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 that people dealt with an unprecedented global conflict.

Weird War Two is published by IWM and is available for purchase here.