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  "Flags of Our Fathers" and Iwo Jima   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
James Bradley's father was one of the men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima. Years later, he wrote of his father's experiences on Iwo Jima in the best seller "Flags of Our Fathers" (soon to be a film, directed by Clint Eastwood).
Average, 15 Qns, astorian, Oct 21 13
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  Take this Iwo Jima Quiz    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about the most famous island in WW2: Iwo Jima.
Average, 10 Qns, rainbow6vegas, Jan 21 20
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Jan 21 20
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  They Raised the Flag on Mt Suribachi    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about the Marines who raised the flag on Mt Suribachi during the fight for Iwo Jima.
Tough, 10 Qns, beterave, Jan 21 20
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Jan 21 20
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  Iwo Jima: Uncommon Valor    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Iwo Jima was one of the tougher campaigns of the Pacific Theatre. "Uncommon valor was a common virtue"-Chester Nimitz.
Difficult, 10 Qns, beterave, Jan 20 13
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  The Ultimate Iwo Jima Quiz    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about the 36 days of hell on a little island called Iwo Jima.
Average, 10 Qns, ali33, Jan 21 20
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ali33
Jan 21 20
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  The Invasion of Iwo Jima: Operation Detatchment    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz on the invasion of Iwo Jima.
Average, 10 Qns, TysonNg, Jan 11 18
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Jan 11 18
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trivia question Quick Question
What was the date of the first day of the battle of Iwo Jima?

From Quiz "Iwo Jima"





Iwo Jima Trivia Questions

1. Who were the invaders?

From Quiz
The Invasion of Iwo Jima: Operation Detatchment

Answer: Americans

The US 5th Naval Fleet, 5th Amphibious Corps, 7th Air Force, 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions and the 147th Infantry Regiment took part in the invasion to take Iwo Jima.

2. In which group of islands is Iwo Jima located?

From Quiz Iwo Jima: Uncommon Valor

Answer: The Volcano Islands

Iwo Jima is located in the Volcano Islands. Roughly under 700 miles from the Japanese mainland, seizure of this island was of the utmost importance for several very vital reasons: it would eliminate raids on the Mariana Islands by destroying Iwo based aircraft. It would deprive the Japanese of early warnings of approaching B-29s, and the incoming B-29s that were damaged in raids on Japan could land on Iwo instead of ditching at sea. The final more strategic importance of the island would give the US an air base for fighter escorts to the Japanese mainland. Never did one single objective have more importance than this last in the closing days of the Pacific Theatre.

3. Six Marines raised the flag on Suribachi. Which Marine Division did they belong to?

From Quiz They Raised the Flag on Mt Suribachi

Answer: the 5th Division

All six sevicemen belonged to the 28th Regiment, 5th Marine Division. The landing on Iwo Jima was this division's first and only operation during WWII.

4. What is the name of the volcano on Iwo Jima?

From Quiz Iwo Jima

Answer: Mount Suribachi

Mount Suribachi was the mountain where the Japanese placed huge guns to fire on the Americans. They posed a great threat they could shell any part of the island. Mount Suribachi is where the famous photograph was taken.

5. How many men are seen raising the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima in the famous WW2 photo?

From Quiz "Flags of Our Fathers" and Iwo Jima

Answer: 6

The men were Sgt. Mike Strank, Ira Hayes, Harold Schultz, Franklin Sousley, Rene Gagnon, and Harlon Block.

6. Who were the U.S. Marines fighting against on Iwo Jima?

From Quiz Iwo Jima

Answer: Japanese

The Japanese were an 'unseen' enemy on Iwo Jima, they built miles and miles of underground tunnels, bunkers, pillboxes, and even a seven- storey bunker inside Mount Suribachi.

7. What was the famous mountain on Iwo Jima where one of the most famous photographs of World War 2 was taken?

From Quiz The Invasion of Iwo Jima: Operation Detatchment

Answer: Mount Suribachi

Mount Suribachi is located on the South-West of Iwo Jima. Japanese defenders who were well dug in on Mount Suribachi killed many American Marines in the beach landings.

8. General Kuribayashi made two very unpopular decisions in the defence of Iwo Jima. What were these two decisions?

From Quiz Iwo Jima: Uncommon Valor

Answer: The beaches were to be undefended and there were to be no Banzai charges

General Kuribayashi made two decisions that were diametrically opposed to Japanese Army doctrine. Refusing to defend the beaches would assure a successful landing and refusing to allow the men to sacrifice themselves in Banzai charges would not allow them to die honorably. Both of these orders were met with opposition by his senior commanders as well as the rank and file.

9. Who was the squad leader of the flag raisers on Suribachi that day?

From Quiz They Raised the Flag on Mt Suribachi

Answer: Michael Strank

Sergeant Michael Strank was the squad leader that day. All the men belonged to E Company, 2nd battalion. Sergeant Strank was the most experienced of the group and was an exceptional squad leader. He was later killed in action during the final days of the campaign.

10. Where is Iwo Jima located?

From Quiz Iwo Jima

Answer: North Pacific

Iwo Jima is located about 750 miles to the south of Japan. Japan is located in the far North Pacific.

11. Where was the U.S. flag planted on Iwo Jima?

From Quiz "Flags of Our Fathers" and Iwo Jima

Answer: Mount Suribachi

The American flag that Strank, Hayes, Schultz, Sousley, Gagnon and Block raised was not the first one hoisted on Iwo Jima. Another flag that had been raised earlier, without being photographed, was taken down and sent to the War Department as a memento.

12. What is the best known and most iconic event that happened on Iwo Jima?

From Quiz Iwo Jima

Answer: The Flagraising

"The Flagraising" photograph, taken by Joe Rosenthal, is the most reproduced photo in the nation. The six flagraisers are (from left to right) front row- Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John "Doc" Bradley, Harlon Block. Back row- Mike Strank (behind Sousley), Rene Gagnon (behind Schultz).

13. Three Marine Divisions were given the task of seizing Iwo Jima. Which division was 'new'?

From Quiz Iwo Jima: Uncommon Valor

Answer: The 5th Marine Division

The III Amphibian Corps comprised of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions. The brand new 5th Marine Division which was raised and trained at Camp Pendelton was seeing combat for the first time as a formation. Although it was 'new', it was made up of veterans from the disbanded Para Marines and other formations.

14. Who was the assistant squad leader of the flag raisers that day?

From Quiz They Raised the Flag on Mt Suribachi

Answer: Harlon Block

Corporal Harlon Block was the asssistant squad leader that day. He was later killed one hour after Sergeant Strank was killed. He was only 20 years old.

15. Which country was defending Iwo Jima against the Americans?

From Quiz Iwo Jima

Answer: Japan

Japan was defending Iwo Jima because they thought it was sacred ground. Japan had lots of defences set up, more then any other island or even the Atlantic Wall.

16. What does the raising of the flag represent?

From Quiz Iwo Jima

Answer: The taking of Iwo Jima was in progress

Mount Suribachi was not fully secured but the Marines had made it up the mountain.

17. What were the names of the six Battleships that bombarded Iwo Jima?

From Quiz The Invasion of Iwo Jima: Operation Detatchment

Answer: Arkansas, New York, Texas, Nevada, Idaho and Tennessee

These were the battleships that were bombarding Iwo Jima. The Tennessee and Nevada were both veterans of Pearl Harbor.

18. What became of the majority of the defenses of Iwo Jima after extensive and prolonged aerial and naval bombardment prior to the landings?

From Quiz Iwo Jima: Uncommon Valor

Answer: They disappeared

Despite extensive shelling of the island, the installations (bunkers, pillboxes, rifle pits, covered artillery) disappeared. The assumption was these fortifications had been destroyed; in reality they simply went underground. Everything was expertly concealed and camouflaged.

19. Who was mistakenly identified as a flag raiser on Suribachi?

From Quiz They Raised the Flag on Mt Suribachi

Answer: Hank Hanson

Sergeant Hank Hanson one of the platoon sergeants was mistakenly identified as one of the flag raisers in Joe Rosenthal's photo. This was later cleared up by Ira Hayes in a sworn affidavit that it was Harlon Block, not Hank Hanson in the photo. Sergeant Hanson was killed in the fighting later as well.

20. Why did the War Department think it was important to capture Iwo Jima?

From Quiz "Flags of Our Fathers" and Iwo Jima

Answer: Japanese fighter planes took off from its air fields

Airplanes stationed at Iwo Jima had caused major damage to the U.S. Navy, and would surely present problems when the U.S. mounted an offensive against the Japanese mainland. Iwo Jima had three airfields. The second reason the U.S wanted Iwo Jima was to use it as a stepping stone to attack Japan.

21. How many men were in the Flagraising photo?

From Quiz Iwo Jima

Answer: 6 & six

Left to right, front row- Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, Harold Schultz, Harlon Block. Back row- Mike Strank (behind Soulsey), Rene Gagnon (behind Schultz).

22. What are the two famous World War 2 movies about the invasion of Iwo Jima?

From Quiz The Invasion of Iwo Jima: Operation Detatchment

Answer: Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima

Both these films were directed by Clint Eastwood but "Flags of our Fathers" is in the American perspective while "Letters from Iwo Jima" is in the Japanese perspective.

23. What did the Marines immediatly notice about Japanese artillery upon landing on Iwo Jima?

From Quiz Iwo Jima: Uncommon Valor

Answer: It was continous and accurate

Upon landing on Iwo Jima, veterans immediatly noticed that Japanese gunnery was both continous and highly accurate. Japanese gunnery also featured heavy 320mm mortars and rockets which required no accuracy on a crowded beachead.

24. Prior to landing on Iwo Jima, which Marine did Ira Hamilton Hayes predict 'was gonna git it'?

From Quiz They Raised the Flag on Mt Suribachi

Answer: Franklin Sousley

Nineteen year old Franklin Sousley, the youngest member of the squad of flag raisers, 'did git it'. He was killed 10 days before Iwo Jima was declared secure.

25. What was Japan's main defence system on Iwo Jima?

From Quiz Iwo Jima

Answer: underground cave systems

They used underground caves so that they could hide and not be seen by the Americans.

26. How many of the men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima died in the ensuing battle?

From Quiz "Flags of Our Fathers" and Iwo Jima

Answer: 3

Most Americans thought the flag raising marked the end of the battle. In reality, the flag was raised on February 23, the fifth day of the invasion. Heavy fighting continued for more than a month after that flag was raised. Before the battle ended, Mike Strank, Franklin Sousley and Harlon Block were killed in combat.

27. Out of 22,000, how many Japanese were killed on Iwo Jima?

From Quiz Iwo Jima

Answer: 21,000

The Japanese that weren't killed by their enemy either committed suicide or (in only a couple of cases) surrendered.

28. How many Americans raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi?

From Quiz The Invasion of Iwo Jima: Operation Detatchment

Answer: 6

Five Marines and one Navy Corpsman raised the flag. Later in the fighting, three out of the six Americans were killed in the fighting.

29. What was the code name given for the seizure of Mount Suribachi?

From Quiz Iwo Jima: Uncommon Valor

Answer: Hotrocks

Hotrocks was code name for the seizure of Mount Suribachi. The 28th Regiment of the 5th Marine Division was given this task of isolating Suribachi and taking it. All the Marines seen in Rosenthal's famous photo were members of the 5th Marine Division.

30. It was thought that John Bradley was the lone US Navy Corpsman seen in the photo. What was his nickname?

From Quiz They Raised the Flag on Mt Suribachi

Answer: Doc

Pharmacist mate Second Class John Bradley was known as 'Doc'. This was the standard nickname given to every US Navy Corpsman who served with Marine infantry. John Bradley was wounded in the battle. In 2016, the Marine Corps announced that Harold Schultz was one of the flag-raisers, and not John Bradley.

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