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A-Z of Military Leaders
"As they appear from A-Z, you are given the first letter of a famous military leader's surname, when s/he was born, and some of his or her accomplishments."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
A - Born 1881: Regarded as the founder of modern day Turkey, he defeated the Allied Expeditionary Force in the Dardanelles Campaign of 1915. Who is this military leader-turned-politician?
B - Born 1818: Which former superintendant of West Point Military Academy ordered the first shot of The American Civil War, when he ordered his artillery to fire on Fort Sumter?
C - Born 994: This Dane defeated the Saxons at Ashingdon in 1016 to assume control over the whole of England. He is remembered fondly in English folklore as the wise king who demonstrated to his courtiers that even their king couldn't stop the tide. Who was he?
D - Born 381 B.C.: Which Persian king and general abandoned his wife and family to the mercy of Alexander the Great after his defeat at Issus?
E - Born 1890: Which general was supreme commander of the Allied forces in Western Europe during the later stages of WW2 and president of his country during the Cold War of the 1950s?
(One word - surname only)
F - Born in 1712: Which Prussian 'Enlightened Despot' proved an outstanding commander in battle during the War of Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War?
G - Born 1893: Which WW1 German flying ace became a politician and then commanded the Luftwaffe during WW2?
H - Born 247 B.C.: One of the thorns in the side of Ancient Rome, which Carthaginian general famously crossed the Alps to invade Italy and almost defeat the Roman Empire?
I - Born 1530: This Russian ruler was crowned tsar at sixteen. He ruled with the help of the Oprichina - a private army loyal only to him. He was successful in battle against the Kazan tribes to the east but failed in the Livonian War in which he tried to secure Russia's westward expansion. Who was he?
J - Born 1412: Which saintly woman, victor of the Battle of Orleans, was burned at the stake in 1431?
(Three Words - English spelling)
K - Born 1215: Which Mongol military leader became emperor of China after defeating the Song dynasty but failed to expand his empire in campaigns against Myanmar, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia?
L - Born c.515 B.C. : Which Spartan led 300 others in a heroic defence at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.?
M - Born 1815: Which Union general commanded the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg?
N - Born 1428: Which English lord, who was very influential during the Wars of the Roses, is known in history as 'Warwick the Kingmaker'?
O - Born 63 B.C.: Which great-nephew of Julius Caesar was the victor at Actium, ending the Roman Civil War?
P - Born 1890: Which German general was defeated at Stalingrad in 1943?
Q - Born c.25 : Queen Boudicea of the Iceni tribe defeated the Romans at Verulamium (St.Albans) and Camulodunum (Colchester).
R - Born 1766: Which Austrian Field Marshal, victor at the battles of Custoza and Novara, probably owes his lasting fame today to a musical march composed by Johann Strauss (Senior) in his honour?
S - Born 1786: Which stalwart of many American wars of the first half of the 19th Century was known as 'Old Fuss and Feathers'?
T - Born 1336: Which Uzbeki-born Mongol warlord built an empire from India to the Mediterranean Sea?
Tariq ibn Ziyad
U - Born 1810: Which general fought hard with the politicians and the military establishment to establish regiments of black soldiers within the Union Army during the American Civil War?
V - Born 1800: Which Prussian general played a decisive role in the Austro-Prussian and Franco-Prussian Wars?
W - Born 1027: Which Norman duke led the last successful invasion of England in 1066?
X - Born 519 B.C.: Who was the Persian victor at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.?
Z - Born 1812: Felix Zollicoffer was a commander in the Union Army during the American Civil War.
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