Do You Dare Take The Ultimate WW2 Quiz?

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World War 2 was the largest global conflict in human history! Spanning six years and involving nearly every country on the planet, it was an event that shook our world to its core! Now's the time to put your WW2 knowledge to the test! How many answers can you get correct? Time to find out!

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1. The invasion of which country officially started WW2?

Everett Historical /
  1. Poland
  2. Denmark
  3. Ireland
  4. USA
The German invasion of Poland, known as the September campaign, began on September 1, 1939 and marked the definitive start of the world war.
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2. The 'Battle of Britain' was primarily fought by which type of vehicle?

Matt Gibson /
  1. Tank
  2. Airplane
  3. Submarine
  4. Motorbike
The Battle of Britain was a large scale areal campaign, in which the Royal Air Force (RAF) defended the United Kingdom against attacks by Nazi Germany's air force, the Luftwaffe.
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3. Who was the leader of the Soviet Union during WW2?

bissig /
  1. Leon Trotsky
  2. Nikita Khrushchev
  3. Pol Pot
  4. Joseph Stalin
Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, Georgian by birth, was a Soviet politician and premier who served the Soviet Union from the mid–1920s until 1953 (Premier 1941–1953).
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4. The 'Battle of Stalingrad' was fought between who?

Everett Historical /
  1. Soviet Union & Germany
  2. Italy & Libya
  3. Great Britain & Spain
  4. Iran & USA
The Battle of Stalingrad, fought between Germany and the Soviet Union, was the largest confrontation of WW2, in which over 1.8 - 2 million people were either killed, wounded or captured.
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5. When did the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbour?

Everett Historical /
  1. June 6, 1901
  2. October 25, 1963
  3. December 7, 1941
  4. April 12, 1924
The Attack on Pearl Harbor (Hawaii, USA) was a surprise military strike by the Japanese Air Service on the USA, a neutral country at the time. It led to the formal entry of the USA into war.
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6. Adolf Hitler became the dictator of Germany in which decade?

Everett Historical /
  1. The 1910s
  2. The 1950s
  3. The 1980s
  4. The 1930s
Adolf Hitler rose to power as Chancellor of Germany in 1933 and later declared himself Führer (leader, or dictator) in 1934.
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7. What was the nickname of the German Afrika Korps General, 'Rommel?'

Everett Historical /
  1. The Lion Tamer
  2. The Alien Aardvark
  3. The Desert Fox
  4. The Snow Leopard
Johannes Erwin Eugen Rommel's leadership of the German and Italian forces in the North African campaign, led to his reputation as one of the most dangerous tank commanders of the war.
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8. Who were the 'Axis powers' during WW2?

Everett Historical /
  1. Japan, Australia, and Italy
  2. Germany, Finland, and the USA
  3. Germany, Japan, and Italy
  4. Italy, France, and Great Britain
The Axis powers, also known as "Rome–Berlin–Tokyo Axis" were the main threat against the Allies in WW2. The Axis powers agreed on their opposition to the Allies but failed to communicate their strategies or share information as the Allies did, leading to their loss of the war.
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9. Which of the following countries were not part of the 'big four allied powers' during WW2?

Everett Historical /
  1. China
  2. The Soviet Union
  3. USA
  4. Great Britain
During WW2, the three Allied powers which included Great Britain, the Soviet Union and the USA formed a Grand Union against Germany, and its allies. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously said, “The only thing worse than having allies is not having them."
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10. What was the name of the relatively quiet, 8 month period at the start of WW2?

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  1. The Phoney War
  2. The Cold War
  3. The First War
  4. The Silly War
The term ‘Phoney War’ was first used, by an American senator to describe the uncomfortable period of peace, following the invasion of Poland in 1939.
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11. What were the German 'lightning war' tactics which conquered Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium, and France, called?

Everett Historical /
  1. Hund
  2. Hamburg
  3. Blitzkrieg
  4. Zeppelin
A German term blitzkrieg, 'lightning war,' is a military tactic designed to create disorganization amongst opposition forces through heavy, persistent and concentrated attacks.
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12. What happened on June 6, 1944?

Everett Historical /
  1. Independence Day
  2. Assassination of Franz Ferdinand
  3. D-Day
  4. The beginning of WW2
The Normandy landings of D-Day, code-named 'Operation Overlord,' was collectively the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of Western Europe from German occupation.
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13. What does the 'V-E' in 'V-E Day' stand for?

Sgt. James A. Spence /
  1. Variety of Episode
  2. Victory In Ethiopia
  3. Variety of Erlang
  4. Victory In Europe
V-E Day marked the official end of WW2 in Europe, but small collections of fighting still continued into the next day, with the Soviets notably losing 600 soldiers against the Germans in the Battle of Silesia.
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14. Before war began, Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact, what was the name of this pact?

Unknown /
  1. Johnson-Truman Pact
  2. Lee-Keanu Pact
  3. Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact
  4. Ribena-Robinson Pact
'The Treaty of Non-aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics,' was signed in Moscow on August 23, 1939, by foreign ministers Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov.
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15. Which treaty that ended WW1, was part of the cause for the start of WW2?

Everett Historical /
  1. Razon Gratification Treaty
  2. Treaty of Versailles
  3. Treaty of London
  4. Nagasaki Accords Treaty
The Treaty of Versailles, signed June 28, 1919, ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers, bringing the First World War to a close, exactly five years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
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16. Why did Adolf Hitler want 'Lebensraum' for Germany?

Everett Historical /
  1. To Become King Of England
  2. To Find Gold
  3. To Travel To The USA
  4. To Reclaim Lost Land
Following Adolf Hitler's rise to power, Lebensraum (the territory which a group, state, or nation believes is needed for its growth), became an ideological principle of Nazism and provided justification for war.
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17. Operation 'Ultra,' a British coding team, successfully cracked which famous code in 1941?

Everett Historical /
  1. Rubik’s Cube
  2. Semaphore
  3. AOL Code
  4. The Enigma Machine
The Enigma machine is an encryption device, which was developed and used in the early to mid 20th century. It was operated exceedingly by Nazi Germany during WW2, in all branches of the German military.
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18. The USA dropped the first-ever wartime atomic bomb on which city in 1945?

Everett Historical /
  1. Bangkok
  2. Hiroshima
  3. Tokyo
  4. Shanghai
In 1945, the United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, respectively, and still remain the only use of atomic weapons in armed conflict.
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19. Who was the president of the USA during WW2?

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  1. John F. Kennedy
  2. Richard Nixon
  3. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  4. George W. Bush
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, often referred to by initials FDR, served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945 (shortly before the end of WW2).
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20. Which of the following countries remained neutral during WW2?

Mauro1969 /
  1. Belgium
  2. Austria
  3. Sweden
  4. Wales
When WW2 began, Sweden had held a neutral stance in international relations for more than a century, since the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, something they committed to during the entire conflict.
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21. What were Japanese suicide bombers called?

Everett Historical /
  1. Kaburi
  2. Samsori
  3. Kamikaze
  4. Ju Jitsu
The 'Kamikaze' unit, meaning "divine wind" or "spirit wind" in Japanese, was a part of the Japanese army's aviation division, who initiated suicide attacks, specifically in the 'pacific theater' of WW2.
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22. What was the name given to German submarines?

Everett Historical /
  1. U-Boats
  2. Underscreachers
  3. Big Subs
  4. Blitzkrieg
U-boat is just the Anglicised pronunciation of 'Unterseeboot,' or 'undersea boat.' The word U-boat was made famous during the First World War, and was continually used through WW2.
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23. What was the only country that Germany officially declared war on?

Lukasz Szwaj /
  1. USA
  2. Taiwan
  3. Andorra
  4. Uganda
On December 11, 1941, four days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Nazi Germany declared war against the United States. Despite being at war for two years at this point, it was the only official declaration of war ever made by the Nazi state.
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24. 'Kristallnacht' or the 'Night of Broken Glass' was an aggressive event that targeted which religious group in Germany, 1938?

Everett Historical /
  1. Christian People
  2. Agnostic People
  3. Sikh People
  4. Jewish People
'Kristallnacht' or 'the Night of Broken Glass,' was an attack on the Jewish communities of Germany, carried out by SA paramilitary forces and civilians. The name Kristallnacht refers to the broken glass that covered the streets after the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings and synagogues were smashed.
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25. What percentage of the world died in WW2?

Arjen Dijk /
  1. 46%
  2. 3%
  3. 0.6%
  4. 66%
During World War II, around 50 Allied nations joined forces against Germany, Japan, and the other Axis powers. Few countries remained completely neutral.
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26. Which world-changing weapon was developed by the Manhattan Project?

Everett Historical /
  1. Vaccine H
  2. Atomic Bomb
  3. War Ship 246
  4. Tank 101
The project eventually employed more than 130,000 people, and cost almost $2 billion (almost $22 billion in current money).
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27. Which cultural icon represented women who went to work in factories to help with the war effort?

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  1. Rosie The Riveter
  2. Judy Garland
  3. Ethel the Engineer
  4. Robo Rebecca
In 1943, the U.S. aircraft industry employed more than 310,000 women, making up 65% of the industry’s total workforce!
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28. Where did the D-Day landings take place?

Everett Historical /
  1. Berlin, Germany
  2. Moscow, Russia
  3. Stevenage, England
  4. Normandy, France
D-Day was the largest air, naval, and land operation in history. Nearly 7,000 naval vessels, including battleships, destroyers, minesweepers, escorts, and assault craft took part in Operation 'Neptune,' alone.
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29. Nazi war criminals, stood for trial at which event?

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  1. The Gothenburg Gathering
  2. The Berlin Blast
  3. The Nuremberg Trial
  4. The Geneva Conference
The trials sought to punish 23 of the most powerful Nazi leaders for the crimes they committed during the war. The men on trial included Martin Bormann (Hitler's private secretary), Hermann Goering (Head of the Gestapo), and Rudolf Hess (Deputy Fuhrer).
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30. Which group, created after WW1, was set up to prevent WW2 from ever happening?

Unknown /
  1. The League of Nations
  2. The Justice League
  3. The Iron Alliance
  4. The Chosen
The League of Nations was thought up by Woodrow Wilson, the American President during the First World War. It was to be a group of nations that worked together to keep peace.
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31. The 'Anschluss' refers to the annexation of which country into Germany, during 1938?

Peter Hermes Furian /
  1. Russia
  2. Austria
  3. Portugal
  4. Ireland
The Treaty of Versailles and the Treaty of Saint-Germain (both signed in 1919 after WW1) explicitly prohibited the political inclusion of Austria in the German state.
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32. What was the capital of Germany during WW2?

Tudoran Andrei /
  1. Dover
  2. Hamburg
  3. Berlin
  4. Warsaw
During the war, the Nazi party started to refer to Berlin as 'Germania.' The 'Germania Project' was a planned renewal of the German capital in preparation for Hitlers '1000 year Reich.'
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33. One of the first and most influential Pacific battles of WW2 happened on which island?

Everett Historical /
  1. Midway
  2. Maui
  3. Ko Samui
  4. Ibiza
Midway, a small island at the center of the pacific ocean was subject to one of the largest naval conflicts in history, only six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.
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34. Who were the Tuskegee Airmen?

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  1. Test Pilots
  2. African-American Fighter Pilots
  3. Land To Air Missiles
  4. Japanese-American Tank Operators
The Airmen's success in escorting bombers during World War II is a record unmatched by any other fighter group.
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35. The 1940 Olympic Games were canceled due to WW2, where were they meant to be held?

Everett Historical /
  1. New York
  2. Perth
  3. Tokyo
  4. Toronto
The 1940 Olympics, were initially expected to be held in Tokyo, Japan. They were then rescheduled for Helsinki, Finland, but ultimately canceled due to WW2.
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36. The British press used what phrase to describe the German air raids of WW2?

Everett Historical /
  1. Fire Sky
  2. The Wave
  3. Night’s Bane
  4. The Blitz
During this time, as many as 180,000 people per night sheltered within the London underground system.
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37. What was the name of the secret German police during the 1930s and 1940s?

Everett Historical /
  1. The Lipotz
  2. The Gestapo
  3. The Secretzi Polizi
  4. The Gumerapt
The Geheime Staatspolizei, abbreviated to Gestapo, was the official secret police of Nazi Germany. The Gestapo was created by Hermann Göring in 1933 by joining various police agencies together into one organization.
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38. Which fortification line attempted to defend France from Germany's invasion?

Everett Historical /
  1. The Augustus Wall
  2. The Maginot Line
  3. The Lowland Defence
  4. The Forest Force
Built in the 1930s by France, the enormous 943 mile Maginot Line was constructed in the run-up to WW2, to deter a foreign attack by German forces.
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39. Which US general signed the Japanese surrender in 1945?

Grisha Bruev /
  1. Winston Churchill
  2. John Wayne
  3. Douglas MacArthur
  4. Baron Gracewind
On August 15, 1945, Japanese Emperor Hirohito announced Japan's surrender. Less than a month later, the Japanese signed a surrender treaty with US General Douglas MacArthur. The day became known as V-J Day, meaning 'Victory in Japan.'
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40. The Dunkirk evacuation happened in which country?

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  1. Italy
  2. France
  3. Japan
  4. Tunisia
In 1940, the Allied forces were losing the Battle of France on the Western Front, the Battle of Dunkirk was the defensive fight and evacuation of British and other Allied forces back to Great Britain.
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41. What was the name of the world's first long-range guided ballistic missile, developed by Germany in WW2?

Sergey Kohl /
  1. The R-2
  2. The B-3
  3. The U-6
  4. The V-2
The German name for the V-2 rocket is, 'Vergeltungswaffe 2,' which roughly translates to 'retaliation weapon 2.' The missile was developed to strike at both London and Antwerp during WW2.
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42. Which German city suffered one of the worst aerial bombing attacks of WW2?

Everett Historical /
  1. Dresden
  2. Freiburg
  3. Glasgow
  4. Paris
In four raids between February 13 and 15, 1945, over 700 heavy British RAF bombers and 500 US Air Forces fighters dropped more than 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices on the city.
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43. How long did WW2 last?

Ysbrand Cosijn /
  1. 8 Months
  2. 6 Years
  3. 25 Years
  4. 1 Year
WW2 began in 1939, and ended in 1945. However, some historians believe the conflict started with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria (China) in 1932.
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44. Which British fighter plane became a national symbol during WW2?

Nick Whittle /
  1. The Buzzlow
  2. The Spitfire
  3. The Oxfordeer
  4. The Dallas Ranger
During the Battle of Britain in 1940, the Supermarine Spitfire was publically praised, even though the more numerous 'Hurricane' aircraft commanded more of the sky.
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45. The 'Schutzstaffel' or 'SS' was a paramilitary group created by who?

Roman Nerud /
  1. Adolf Hitler
  2. Pol Pot
  3. Harry Truman
  4. Winston Churchill
In 1923, Adolf Hitler created a small volunteer guard unit known as the Saal-Schutz, meaning Hall Security, to provide security at the Nazi party's meetings. This group eventually became the 'SS' regiment.
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46. What was 'The Third Reich?'

SrjT /
  1. The Nazi Rule of Germany
  2. A Tank Brand
  3. A German TV Show
  4. Adolf Hitler’s Biography
The official name of the Nazi German state was Deutsches Reich, meaning 'German Reich,' until 1943 and Großdeutsches Reich, meaning, Greater German Reich from 1943 to 1945.
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47. How many camps and incarceration sites did Germany, and its allies establish during WW2?

meunierd /
  1. 100,000
  2. 89
  3. 42,000
  4. None
There were around 42,000 camps during the conflict.
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48. How much did the USA spend during WW2?

chrupka /
  1. $1 billion
  2. $16 million
  3. $350 billion
  4. $110 million
At first, apprehensive about being dragged into another conflict, the United States entered the war on December 7, 1941, after the Japanese bombed the American fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
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49. Which country did the 'Munich Agreement' allow Germany to annex partially?

Harvepino /
  1. USA
  2. Japan
  3. Czechoslovakia
  4. Great Britain
The Munich Agreement, signed September 30, 1938, was a settlement reached by Germany, Great Britain, France, and Italy that allowed Germany to annex the Sudetenland, an area in western Czechoslovakia.
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50. Which international group was established in October 1945, to maintain international peace?

Lukasz Stefanski /
  1. The United Nations
  2. The Nations Group
  3. The Runberg Alliance
  4. The League of Gentlemen
The UN was formed and negotiated among the countries of the 'Allied Big Four' (the USA, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and China), also known as the 'Four Policemen.'
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