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Quiz about Australians in World War I
Quiz about Australians in World War I

Australians in World War I Trivia Quiz


The Australian Army in WWI dealing with the Gallipoli Campaign and the Western Front.

A multiple-choice quiz by munnis. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
munnis
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
219,846
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Difficult
Avg Score
5 / 10
Plays
675
Last 3 plays: Guest 1 (9/10), Guest 185 (4/10), Guest 124 (2/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. "The Nek" on the Gallipoli peninsula was part of the August offensive in 1915. This battle was highlighted in Peter Weir's movie "Gallipoli". The spur the 3rd Light Horse fought over was 300 yards long, how narrow was it at its narrowest? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Trench raids on the Western front were a common occurrence, designed to gain information on the enemy opposing them. When was the first trench raid conducted by Australians on the Western Front? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. On May 24 1915 a formal truce was established between the Australians and Turks to tend to wounded and bury the dead on the battlefield after a failed Turkish attack. How long was the truce for? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Shell Green received its name as it was under permanent Turkish artillery fire, what else is Shell Green famous for? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Australia's commitment to the First World war was 624,964 troops, which was 6.8% of her population at the time, what was the percentage of battle casualties to troops in the field? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. By mid 1918 the German army held a portion of unfortified front line. The Australians through small raids and small offensives captured prisoners and territory from the Germans, what was the common name given to these raids? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. There has been much controversy over who shot down the Red Baron. Recent research has suggested that Captain Brown could not have been responsible for shooting him down. Who is suggested as being most likely to be responsible for shooting down the Red Baron? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. The Battle of Hamel has a unique reputation as the first battle to achieve what? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. When the ANZACS withdrew from ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula, how many men were killed? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Who was the first Australian to command an Australian Corp? Hint



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1. "The Nek" on the Gallipoli peninsula was part of the August offensive in 1915. This battle was highlighted in Peter Weir's movie "Gallipoli". The spur the 3rd Light Horse fought over was 300 yards long, how narrow was it at its narrowest?

Answer: 65 yards

The 3rd Light Horse could only line up with a frontage of 150 men because of the width of the spur. The first wave did not make ten yards before it was mown down, the next two waves met a very similar fate, the fourth and final wave was held for half an hour to re- assess but an officer sent them over as he believed the attack was still on.

In the end the 3rd Light Horse lost 650 men killed or wounded out of 800 in the course of the hour.
2. Trench raids on the Western front were a common occurrence, designed to gain information on the enemy opposing them. When was the first trench raid conducted by Australians on the Western Front?

Answer: 5 June 1916

It was conducted by members of the 7th Brigade under command of Captain Maitland Floss. The raid was a success with a number of prisoners captured, with about 30 Australians hit, mostly in their own trenches from the German artillery reply.
3. On May 24 1915 a formal truce was established between the Australians and Turks to tend to wounded and bury the dead on the battlefield after a failed Turkish attack. How long was the truce for?

Answer: 9 hours

The original plan by Kemal was a spearpoint attack at the Nek and down into Monash valley, however Liman Von Sanders wanted an attack across the whole line. Von Sanders got his way and lost the battle. During the truce the Australians met their opponents "Johnny Turk" and the experience changed their opinion of them, to one of an odd sort of camaraderie, due to their similarities in suffering.
4. Shell Green received its name as it was under permanent Turkish artillery fire, what else is Shell Green famous for?

Answer: A game of cricket during the evacuation

There were a number of ploys that were aimed at making the Turks believe the ANZACS were not withdrawing. One of the more famous was the delayed action rifle which involved using two containers, one with a hole. As the water dripped into the other it pulled a string firing the rifle, causing the Turks to believe that troops were still in the trenches.
5. Australia's commitment to the First World war was 624,964 troops, which was 6.8% of her population at the time, what was the percentage of battle casualties to troops in the field?

Answer: 64.8 %

This was the highest percentage from all of the British Commonwealth countries: UK - 47.1%, Canada - 49.7%, New Zealand - 58.6%,South Africa - 13.6%, and India - 9.1%. In fact one soldier had been wounded on eight separate occasions and was finally sent home after a severe abdominal wound.
6. By mid 1918 the German army held a portion of unfortified front line. The Australians through small raids and small offensives captured prisoners and territory from the Germans, what was the common name given to these raids?

Answer: Peaceful penetration

This proved to be very successful in the Australian sector with the highlight coming on the morning of 11 July 1918 with units from the 1st Division capturing a series of posts which resulted in the capturing of 1,000 yards of front line, 120 German prisoners, and 11 machine guns with neither the Allied or German higher authorities knowing anything about it. Peaceful penetration drew to a close after the Battle of Hamel.
7. There has been much controversy over who shot down the Red Baron. Recent research has suggested that Captain Brown could not have been responsible for shooting him down. Who is suggested as being most likely to be responsible for shooting down the Red Baron?

Answer: Sergeant Cedric Popkins

This question was derived from the Book "The Red Baron's Last Flight", (written by an Englishman and Canadian). The author's conclusions are quite convincing, and well researched and argued. However the official stance is still Captain Brown. For those interested the book was written by Norman Franks and Alan Bennett and published by Macmillan.
8. The Battle of Hamel has a unique reputation as the first battle to achieve what?

Answer: Armour, artillery, infantry, and aviation working smoothly together

This battle showed the effectiveness of combined arms and their use in warfare. General Monash was meticulous in his planning. He allowed 90 minutes to complete the battle; it was completed in 93 minutes. So successful was this battle, that it became a blueprint for the allies August offensive which gave the German Army their "Black Day" on 8th August 1918.
9. When the ANZACS withdrew from ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula, how many men were killed?

Answer: 0

Two men were wounded during the evacuation of ANZAC Cove, one whilst in the boat from a Turkish round fired after the mines had been blown in the trenches. The Turks attacked the following morning only to find the trenches empty, this being their first indication that the ANZACS had left.
10. Who was the first Australian to command an Australian Corp?

Answer: John Monash

It was widely thought that Brudenall White would have been given the job, and some petitioned against Monash's selection. In the end Monash was given the appointment and Brudenall White went with General Birdwood to be his Chief of Staff for the Fifth Army. Thomas Blamey became Monash's Chief of Staff and Albert Jacka is well known as Australia's first Victoria Cross winner in WWI.

He achieved that as a Lance Corporal and finished his military career as a Captain.
Source: Author munnis

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