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  The Ultimate World War II - Pacific Theater Quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Test your knowledge of land, sea, air battles, important people and significant places of the War in the Pacific, 1941-1945.
Average, 20 Qns, dmiles54, Feb 15 24
Feb 15 24
4663 plays
  The Nanjing Massacre   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quiz about Japanese atrocities following the fall of the Chinese Republic's capital, also known as the Rape of Nanking. Though I have used discretion in writing these questions, this topic is not for the squeamish.
Average, 10 Qns, stuthehistoryguy, Apr 01 08
stuthehistoryguy gold member
1983 plays
  Solomon Islands Naval Battles   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Test your knowledge of the Solomon Islands campaign when two evenly matched opponents slugged it out for control of the waters around Guadalcanal in 1942-43.
Average, 20 Qns, mstanaway, Jan 22 15
2315 plays
  USAAF Aircraft of the Pacific   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A short quiz about some of the USAAF aircraft from the Pacific Theater in WWII.
Average, 10 Qns, cwelch, Jun 12 13
3117 plays
Test your knowledge of land, sea, air battles, important people and significant places of the War in the Pacific, 1941-1945.
Average, 20 Qns, dmiles, Nov 11 14
4670 plays
  The Fall of Singapore (1942)   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The great island fortress, impregnable Singapore, the Gibraltar of Eastern Asia. This quiz looks at how Singapore fell to the Japanese, an event that perhaps triggered a rise in nationalism throughout the colonies, long after the last shot was fired.
Average, 10 Qns, bertho, Dec 07 09
2200 plays
  Fighting a Long Lost Cause   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
For most of the world, World War II ended in 1945. Nobody told that to Hiroo Onoda, and he kept fighting the lost war until 1974.
Tough, 10 Qns, illiniman14, Oct 15 09
illiniman14 gold member
775 plays
  World War II Pacific Theatre    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The quiz is about the Pacific Theatre of World War II.
Easier, 10 Qns, Mtmcdonald, Aug 06 15
625 plays
  Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quiz on the two bombings that ended World War II.
Average, 10 Qns, bassplayer186, Dec 04 19
Dec 04 19
6186 plays
  Japanese American Internment   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about the internment of the Japanese Americans?
Average, 10 Qns, Christa_Smith, Nov 29 07
1549 plays
trivia question Quick Question
During the war in the Pacific, what battlefield trophy did Marines covet the most?

From Quiz "Semper Fi, Mac"

  The Big E! USS Enterprise, WWII Legend    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
The most decorated warship in US history.
Average, 20 Qns, pointluck, May 18 16
459 plays
  Castner's Cutthroats   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
During World War II, Japanese forces occupied U.S. territory for over a year. A small, brave band of soldiers call Castner's Cutthroats helped to dislodge them. Take this opportunity to learn about these heroes.
Average, 10 Qns, pshelton, May 14 08
pshelton gold member
640 plays
  Bataan - Beginning to End    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
The story of Bataan is amazing and I hope you all enjoy the quiz and possibly learn something you didn't know before.
Difficult, 20 Qns, JennaV, May 17 06
1172 plays
  Major Boyington's Squadron: VMF-214   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Robert Conrad depicted this real life Marine Squadron of WWII, enjoy.
Average, 10 Qns, beterave, Mar 20 11
526 plays
  Yamashita's Gold   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is my first history quiz. It is about Yamashita's Gold, or the Yamashita Treasure! Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, salami_swami, May 05 11
salami_swami gold member
514 plays
  World War Two Pacific    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here is a quiz about World War Two in the Pacific. I tried to make it simple, but interesting. So do enjoy.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, Regor, Apr 19 20
Very Difficult
Apr 19 20
4400 plays
  The Japanese Soldier in WWII    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
They were called 'Soldiers of the Sun'. This quiz is about the Japanese infantryman in WWII.
Tough, 10 Qns, beterave, Feb 20 15
521 plays
  Test yourself! The Doolittle Raid Quiz   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Doolittle Raid (aka the Tokyo Raid) - Saturday, April 18, 1942. One of the greatest feats during the darkest days of WWII. Have fun.
Tough, 10 Qns, beterave, Jan 13 10
837 plays
  WWII The Imperial Japanese Navy   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
A simple quiz about the WWII Imperial Japanese Navy, I'll give you a few details and you name the ship.
Tough, 15 Qns, deadmeat, Apr 28 14
2153 plays
  What did you do in the War, Dad?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
My father, Frank, is a great bloke and played his part in World War 2. You need not know him to answer these questions, but you will need to know a bit about WWII Pacific war history.
Tough, 10 Qns, GroundsKeeper-Willy, Aug 03 18
Aug 03 18
2709 plays
  Semper Fi, Mac   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
US Marines in WWII often said this to one another. This quiz is about those young men who answered the call after Pearl Harbor.
Average, 10 Qns, beterave, Sep 17 13
1207 plays
  The Pacific War    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Rather tough questions concerning U.S. Naval operations in the Pacific theatre.Good Luck
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, gamesrfun2222, Jun 18 06
Very Difficult
3244 plays
  The Battle for Tarawa 1943    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
As part of my continued education into the War in the Pacific, this is my quiz about the Marine invasion of Betio (Tarawa). Like all my quizzes its probably a tough one, but hope you enjoy it.
Tough, 15 Qns, JJMcGiver, Feb 12 19
Feb 12 19
156 plays
  Japan and the Early War Years    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A short but in depth quiz on the history of Japanese aggression in the first years of World War 2 and in the lead-up to the Pearl Harbor attack.
Tough, 10 Qns, csm101, Aug 16 07
700 plays
  The Fighting Sullivans    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Five Brothers went to war on the same ship...none of them came back. Test your knowledge of The Fighting Sullivans!
Average, 15 Qns, twista2, Jun 11 06
1795 plays
  The Japanese Occupation of Malaya    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
This is a quiz meant for school students in Malaysia, but everyone else in the world is free to play :)
Average, 20 Qns, WW2Master123, Jun 09 13
236 plays
  The Guadalcanal Land Campaign   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Guadalcanal was the first US land campaign in the Pacific. Semper Fi!
Tough, 10 Qns, beterave, Jun 29 19
Jun 29 19
547 plays
  'Life' in a Japanese POW Camp   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
What was it like to be a prisoner of the Japanese? This quiz will answer some of those questions.
Difficult, 10 Qns, beterave, Dec 01 09
685 plays
  Battle off Samar    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
World War II, off the coast of of the Philippine island of Samar, the Japanese Center Force opens fire on Taffy III, a group of American escort carriers, escorted by ships known as tin cans for their lack of armor. America, must win.
Tough, 10 Qns, tmothymorris13, Sep 30 13
213 plays
  The Battle of Santa Cruz October 1942    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
I have trying to improve my knowledge of the Pacific War and have been long infatuated with the early Naval Battles 1942-43. This is hopefully the first of many quizzes ... I hope you enjoy.
Tough, 15 Qns, JJMcGiver, Mar 27 19
Mar 27 19
117 plays
  More Japanese Suicide Weapons of WWII   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some of these are well known and some require a bit of thought. Have fun.
Average, 10 Qns, beterave, Jan 21 18
Jan 21 18
558 plays
  Peleliu: The Bitterest Battle of the Corps   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Peleliu: this island battle is seldom talked about or written about. Here is a quiz in honor of those who went ashore there.
Average, 10 Qns, beterave, Feb 07 10
392 plays
  A Bastard of a Place    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
The Kokoda Track campaign was one of Australia's bloodiest - and proudest - moments of WWII, where undermanned and under equipped militia units held off a Japanese advance long enough for reinforcements to arrive.
Tough, 20 Qns, Crackshot1994, Apr 17 13
258 plays
  The Pacific War-Part I    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
This quiz covers some of the major players and early events of the Pacific War. Lots more to follow. Have fun!
Difficult, 20 Qns, Sportcon, Aug 06 10
2622 plays
  The Real Bridge over the River Kwai   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
It was great movie but a far cry from the real bridge building by those unfortunates who were prisoners of the Japanese. This is for the survivors of that experience.
Tough, 10 Qns, beterave, Feb 27 11
354 plays
  The Thousand Mile War    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
WWII in the Aleutians. Title from "Thousand-Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians" by Brian Garfield
Average, 10 Qns, wjames, Jan 23 13
wjames gold member
267 plays
  World War II: Operational History    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Do you know a lot about World War 2? You may think so until you try this quiz!
Tough, 15 Qns, aaron21, Nov 10 15
2719 plays
  The Doolittle Raid Test    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Doolittle Raid was a top secret mission to bomb Japan in WWII. See it through the eyes of Jimmy Doolittle and his men as they bomb Tokyo. Every question in this quiz is based on historical events where your choice shows what you know about history.
Tough, 10 Qns, mashfan105, Aug 16 18
Aug 16 18
170 plays
  Kamikaze: Suicide Weapons I    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here are some common and unusal questions about an usual last ditch weapon, the Kamikazes.
Tough, 10 Qns, beterave, Apr 04 10
384 plays
  The Silent Service    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz will test your knowledge of US submarine actions in the Pacific Theatre in World War II.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, hylander6, Oct 18 12
Very Difficult
478 plays
  The War of the Pacific    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The war in the Pacific was full of great battles. Less is known about the battles of the submarine service. This quiz will talk about some of the greatest submarine stories of WWII in the Pacific.
Difficult, 10 Qns, subsquid, Mar 19 16
256 plays
  Tarawa: Three Days of Fury    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
One of the toughest battles in the Marine Corps.
Average, 10 Qns, beterave, Jan 27 10
317 plays
  World War II in Alaska    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
General knowledge quiz of the little known World War II campaign in the Aleutians.
Tough, 10 Qns, webnut, Apr 23 12
298 plays
  Marine Raider Battalions in WWII    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
These highly trained Raiders battled the Japanese in WWII. Enjoy!
Tough, 10 Qns, beterave, Mar 27 10
276 plays
  Japanese Parachute Troops    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
This is about Japanese paratroopers during WWII, something that is not widely known/discussed. I hope you enjoy.
Difficult, 20 Qns, gunter_viezenz, Jan 30 07
463 plays
  The Japanese Invasion    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about the Japanese invasion of the United States in World War II? Did you even know that the United States was invaded? Either way, you're sure to learn something. Have fun!
Tough, 10 Qns, biohazard930, Jan 23 20
Jan 23 20
1467 plays
  Japanese Atrocities in WWII    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Hi again, these are some well known and not so well known atrocities and war crimes committed by the Japanese during WWII.
Difficult, 10 Qns, beterave, Feb 27 11
653 plays
  WWII Pacific Theatre    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Just some questions on the Pacific Theatre of WWII.
Difficult, 10 Qns, DanielYHM, Mar 31 17
248 plays
  American Airborne, WWII. Pacific Theater    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many of the most famous Airborne operations of WWII occurred in Europe. There were also American Airborne forces in the Pacific. Put your "history hat" on and see what you know about paratroopers in the Pacific!
Tough, 10 Qns, 173Kraut, Dec 14 20
Dec 14 20
159 plays
  The Coastwatchers    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Coastwatchers were the eyes of the Allies in the early days of WWII in the Solomons. Their service was invaluable.
Average, 10 Qns, beterave, May 03 11
227 plays
  US Infantry Divisions-The Pacific (Nicknames)    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about the nicknames the US infantry that served in the Pacific.
Average, 10 Qns, beterave, May 16 10
272 plays
  Corregidor "The Last Ditch"    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz covers the American and Filipino defense of fortress Corregidor in 1941-42. Good Luck!
Difficult, 10 Qns, maximustheman, Sep 10 03
864 plays
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Test your knowledge of this appalling episode in WWII.
Impossible, 10 Qns, paulus1943, May 17 06
1321 plays
  The Old Breed - The United States Marine Corps    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The First to Fight, the Marines made their name for a string of victories against the Japanese Army in the Pacific Islands during World War II. This is a quiz on the men whom fought - and won - against one of the toughest armies of the war.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Crackshot1994, Oct 17 10
340 plays
  Operation Watchtower    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Seventy-five years ago the Allies launched the biggest invasion of WWII. This was Operation Watchtower.
Difficult, 10 Qns, mashfan105, Dec 27 18
Dec 27 18
193 plays
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Pacific War Trivia Questions

1. An American Airborne unit saw action during the invasion and fight for Guadalcanal, but they did not jump. Which American branch of service fielded this unit?

From Quiz
American Airborne, WWII. Pacific Theater

Answer: Marines

The 1st Marine Parachute Battalion was formed in 1940 and was later expanded to a full regiment. It made an amphibious landing on the Island of Gavutu as a part of the operation to take Guadalcanal from the Japanese. They fought along side the Raider Battalion at the Battle of Bloody Ridge (aka, Edson's Ridge), suffering so many casualties that they were pulled off the island and sent to the rear to absorb and train replacements.

2. What was the code-name for the operation to recapture the Gilbert Islands?

From Quiz The Battle for Tarawa 1943

Answer: Operation Galvanic

The Battle of Tarawa was a battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II that was fought in late 1943. It took place at the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, and was part of Operation Galvanic, the U.S. invasion of the Gilberts.

3. Post Midway, the Japanese were striving to bring the US Fleet into a decisive naval action. What was the background operation to the Battle of Santa Cruz?

From Quiz The Battle of Santa Cruz October 1942

Answer: Battle of Guadacanal

The attempt by Japanese forces to capture Henderson Airfield was the primary backdrop to the Battle of Santa Cruz. By the 25th October, the Japanese attack had already been defeated.

4. When did Operation Watchtower begin?

From Quiz Operation Watchtower

Answer: August 7, 1942

Operation Watchtower began with USS Quincy, Astoria, and Vincennes shelling the island and Big E launching airstrikes. Once the airstrikes were over the first Marines went in. They were in for two years of fighting in the malaria infested jungles of Guadalcanal.

5. The Emperor of Japan during the war is known to the West primarily as Emperor Hirohito. However, what was the actual title and name of the reign of this Japanese Emperor? Note (The title only became Hirohito's legal name after his death).

From Quiz WWII Pacific Theatre

Answer: Showa

As mentioned above, Hirohito legally reigned as the Showa Emperor. However, according to tradition, Showa became his posthumous name upon death. The other three options were the names of Hirohito's three most recent predecessors.

6. Commander Gilmore was the first submariner in WWII to be awarded the Medal of Honor. What did he do to earn it?

From Quiz The War of the Pacific

Answer: He ordered his Executive Officer to "take her down" while he remained topside, thus, ensuring his own death.

On February 7, 1943, The USS Growler (SS-215) was making an attack on a Japanese gunboat when the gunboat suddenly turned to ram the Growler. With no chance of escape, Commander Gilmore gave the orders "left full rudder" and "all ahead flank" and he rammed the gunboat instead. The force of the impact was so great that the bow of the Growler was bent 18 feet to port. The gunboat's many machine guns were aimed at the sailors topside, killing two and grievously injuring Commander Gilmore. As the XO (who was half-way down the hatch) waited for him to crawl to the hatch to assist him below decks, Commander Gilmore uttered his now famous "take her down" so his crew and his ship could escape. To this day, submariners still use the term "take her down" in honor of Commander Gilmore.

7. What is the name of the battleship that sank at 8:06 AM on December 7, 1941? This ship's losses accounted for over half of all the death that morning.

From Quiz World War II Pacific Theatre

Answer: USS Arizona

At 8:06 on the morning of December 7, 1941, a Japanese Kate bomber dropped a bomb that hit the powder magazine on the ship. The bomb blew up along with the gunpowder that were in the powder magazine. The death toll on the Arizona was 1,100 dead; there were only 300 survivors.

8. Where was the Enterprise on December 7th, 1941?

From Quiz The Big E! USS Enterprise, WWII Legend

Answer: Outside Pearl Harbor

She entered Pearl Harbor the evening of the 8th and took on supplies. The absence of Pacific Fleet carriers at Pearl Harbor during the attack prevented Japan from achieving the domination of the Pacific Yamamoto had intended.

9. What ship led the Japanese Center Force in the Battle off Samar?

From Quiz Battle off Samar

Answer: IJN Yamato

The IJN Yamato was the most heavily armed battleship in history. She had a main battery of 9 18.1" (45.974 centimeters) guns. She was 862' (262.7376 meters) long and weighed 72,000 tons (62,317.301 metric tons, 64,285.714 long tons). The Yamato was the largest battleship in history.

10. In 1868, Mikado Meiji became Emperor of Japan. He introduced a new era for his country. What is that change called?

From Quiz The Japanese Occupation of Malaya

Answer: The Meiji Restoration

For thousands of years, the Japan closed itself from the outside world. When 1868 came, Emperor Meiji wanted to modernise Japan and transform it into an industrial and military power. These goals came to include the expansion of the Japanese Empire.

11. Rear Admiral Robert A. Theobald was Commander, North Pacific Force, at the start of the Aleutian campaign. What was his nickname?

From Quiz The Thousand Mile War

Answer: Fuzzy

RADM "Fuzzy" Theobald commanded Task Force 8 underway. After suffering the loss of Attu and Adak, he was replaced by RADM Thomas C. Kinkaid.

12. What was the intent of the Imperial Japanese High Command in the campaign?

From Quiz World War II in Alaska

Answer: Diversion / Feint

The Imperial Japanese Naval High Command, knowing their assets to be limited, prosecuted the campaign in the Aleutians as a feint in order to draw American naval forces from the mid and south Pacific areas of operations, namely Midway Island.

13. The Coastwatchers came from all walks of life. Approximately how many were operating in the Solomon Islands during WWII?

From Quiz The Coastwatchers

Answer: 400

Approximately 400 Coastwatchers were operating in the 1,000 islands that made up the Solomon Islands. The majority were civilians who knew the islands and its inhabitants.

14. Leaving aside the scuttling of the USS Sealion at Cavite on 25 December 1941, What was the first US submarine casualty of the Pacific war?

From Quiz The Silent Service

Answer: USS Shark

USS Shark was lost in February 1942. She attacked a group of Japanese transports anchored near the mouth of Ambon Harbor without scoring any torpedo hits. She escaped with slight damage from a depth charge attack made by the destroyer Amatsukaze. Five days later she reported contact with an empty Japanese cargo vessel. This was the last message ever heard from her. The reason for the loss is still under conjecture, but its probable that she was sunk near Menado by a depth charge.

15. Who was the first Australian officer to engage the Japanese infantry after they landed in New Guinea?

From Quiz A Bastard of a Place

Answer: John Chalk

Lieutenant John Chalk commanded a rifle platoon of the Papuan Infantry Battalion. His unit ambushed Japanese forces on the night of 22nd July, 1942, a day after the landing, before retreating to fight another day.

16. What did Major Boyington's men call him?

From Quiz Major Boyington's Squadron: VMF-214

Answer: Pappy

Major Boyington's men called him Pappy. He was 31 years old and commanded VMF-214 in the Pacific.

17. What is the nickname of the US 7th Infantry Division?

From Quiz US Infantry Divisions-The Pacific (Nicknames)

Answer: Hourglass

The nickname of the US 7th Infantry Division is Hourglass. It received the name after its distinct red and black shoulder patch. It saw action in the Aleutians, Leyte, and Okinawa.

18. What nationality were the majority of the POWs who worked on the 'Death Railway'?

From Quiz The Real Bridge over the River Kwai

Answer: British

The majority of the POWs who worked on the railroad were British POWs who were taken at Singapore. 6,318 of them perished while building it.

19. During WWII, what was Bushido?

From Quiz More Japanese Suicide Weapons of WWII

Answer: a code of conduct

During WWII, Bushido was the Japanese soldiers' code of conduct. It stressed duty, and loyalty to the Emperor. However, it was a far cry from the original and true meaning of Bushido.

20. What is the literal translation of the word 'kamikaze'?

From Quiz Kamikaze: Suicide Weapons I

Answer: Divine Wind

The word 'kamikaze' literally means 'divine wind' or 'heavenly wind'. The word has its origin in a heaven-sent storm that scattered the invading Mongol fleet in 1250.

21. How were the Raider Battalions formed?

From Quiz Marine Raider Battalions in WWII

Answer: they were volunteers (subject to further selection)

Every Marine who served in the Raider Battalions was a volunteer. They received the best equipment available and were given extensive training.

22. What was the codename for the invasion of Guadalcanal?

From Quiz The Guadalcanal Land Campaign

Answer: Operation Watchtower

The invasion of Guadalcanal was codenamed Operation Watchtower. The operation called for the seizure of Guadalcanal, Tulagi and the Florida Islands.

23. Which Marine Division was given the task of seizing Peleliu from the Japanese?

From Quiz Peleliu: The Bitterest Battle of the Corps

Answer: the 1st Marine Division

The 1st Marine Division under the command of Major General Rupertus was given the task of invading Peleliu.

24. Which Marine Division was chosen for the invasion of Tarawa?

From Quiz Tarawa: Three Days of Fury

Answer: the 2nd Marine Division

The 2nd Marine Division was given the task of invading Tarawa. The 2nd Regiment was to go in first with elements of the 8th Regiment assisting, while the 6th Regiment was held in reserve.

25. Which aircraft carrier carried the aircraft that participated in the Doolittle Raid?

From Quiz The Doolittle Raid

Answer: USS Hornet

The Yorktown class carrier USS Hornet carried the aircraft that participated in the Doolittle Raid. She was later heavily damaged and sank in the battle of Santa Cruz Islands during naval phase of the Guadalcanal Campaign.

26. When Japan invaded China in WWII, what was the Japanese Imperial Army's official policy about rape?

From Quiz Japanese Atrocities in WWII

Answer: it was against army policy

Officially, rape was against IJA policy.These were empty words because no one was ever charged or punished for raping women. In fact, some officers behaved worse than the enlisted men in this respect.

27. What illegal act did the Japanese force POWs to do once they were interned in POW camps?

From Quiz 'Life' in a Japanese POW Camp

Answer: sign pledges not to escape

Upon internment, the first thing the Japanese forced the POWs to do was sign pledges not to escape. This is contrary to the rules of war and everyone knew it. However, because the Japanese threatened to execute anyone who did not sign, the men signed. This was the begining of the prisoners' woes because the Japanese did not respect what they perceived as cowardice or buckling under pressure.

28. What was a Japanese sodier's tetsu-bo?

From Quiz The Japanese Soldier in WWII

Answer: helmet

The tetsu-bo was the mushroom shaped helmet worn by the Japanese soldier. The five pointed star denoted the Imperial Japanese Army and the anchor the Imperial Japanese Navy.

29. What was the ankle length rough-side-out combat boot called?

From Quiz Semper Fi, Mac

Answer: the boondocker

The ankle length combat boot was called the boondocker. Regulations stated they were to be worn with the standard canvas leggings. More than often the leggings were discarded.

30. Who allegedly stole the loot during World War II?

From Quiz Yamashita's Gold

Answer: Japanese

The Japanese supposedly stole the gold from Southeast Asia and hid it in the Philippines. The gold was, it is claimed, hidden in tunnels, caves and other underground systems.

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