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Quiz about The History of World War II
Quiz about The History of World War II

The History of World War II Trivia Quiz


After creating the quiz on WWI, I decided to create a quiz on the Second World War, too. In this quiz I've focused on the genuine military operations and events from 1939-45. It's easy ... Enjoy!

A multiple-choice quiz by swashbuckler. Estimated time: 8 mins.
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Author
swashbuckler
Time
8 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
64,600
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
25
Difficulty
Very Difficult
Avg Score
9 / 25
Plays
5247
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Question 1 of 25
1. In which of these battles did the British and Indian troops register a victory over the Japanese? Hint


Question 2 of 25
2. Who remarked 'There was no room for manoeuvre and no scope for cleverness, I had to blast my way through three defensive systems, the centre of which was the Siegfried Line' ? Hint


Question 3 of 25
3. What was the German defensive line in Italy during WWII called? Hint


Question 4 of 25
4. Which battle is regarded as the biggest naval battle in history? Hint


Question 5 of 25
5. After losing which naval battle did Hitler relieve Admiral Erich Raeder of his post as commander in chief of the German Fleet? Hint


Question 6 of 25
6. During World War II, what British destroyer intercepted the German auxiliary cruiser Altmark? Hint


Question 7 of 25
7. Which German admiral was the originator of the wolf-pack submarine technique? Hint


Question 8 of 25
8. The British inflicted a crushing defeat on the Italians during the North African Campaign in 1941. Which battle? Hint


Question 9 of 25
9. What inconclusive naval battle was fought between the US and Japanese fleet in 1943? Hint


Question 10 of 25
10. At which place did the Germans find the grave of 4,500 Polish officers in 1943 who were supposedly killed by the Soviets?

Answer: (Former USSR)
Question 11 of 25
11. Which British commander founded the modern Indian and Pakistani armies during the course of the Second World War? Hint


Question 12 of 25
12. Whose army was nicknamed the 'Desert Rats' ? Hint


Question 13 of 25
13. During the war, a large number of artificial harbours were constructed to be towed across the English Channel to the coast of France. What were these harbors called? Hint


Question 14 of 25
14. During the war, what did the word Pluto mean (what does it stand for)?

Answer: (related to transportation (only full form))
Question 15 of 25
15. Some neo-Nazi youths wear shirts with the number '88'. What is the significance of this number? Hint


Question 16 of 25
16. Who was in command of the British XIII Corps in Sicily and Italy? Hint


Question 17 of 25
17. During which naval battle between the US and Japan did America lose the cruisers Quincy, Vincennes, and Astoria? Hint


Question 18 of 25
18. What name was given to American Volunteer Group of fighter airplane pilots during the war?

Answer: (It's in the jungle)
Question 19 of 25
19. During the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese bombarded several cruisers, navy airplanes and destroyed or severely damaged five major battleships. Four of them were the USS Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia and California. Which was the fifth one (later repaired)? Hint


Question 20 of 25
20. Which British cruiser ultimately sank the German battleship Bismarck in 1941? Hint


Question 21 of 25
21. Who remarked 'I'm glad we've been bombed. It makes me feel I can look the East End in the face' ? Hint


Question 22 of 25
22. Who was the commander of the Fast Carrier Striking Force which attacked Pearl Harbor in Dec 1941? Hint


Question 23 of 25
23. Who commanded the Japanese forces in the battle of Iwo Jima? Hint


Question 24 of 25
24. Who proclaimed himself as the Fuehrer of Germany after the death of Hitler in 1945? Hint


Question 25 of 25
25. What was the total cost of World War II (in dollars)? Hint



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1. In which of these battles did the British and Indian troops register a victory over the Japanese?

Answer: Admin Box

The battle was fought at Sinzewa in Burma in Feb 1944. The 'Admin(istration) Box' was the administrative and base area of 7th Indian Division, which was besieged by the Japanese 55th Division 5-23 Feb 1944. The siege was lifted when the Japanese were taken in the rear by the 5th Indian Division advancing over the Ngakyedauk Pass.
2. Who remarked 'There was no room for manoeuvre and no scope for cleverness, I had to blast my way through three defensive systems, the centre of which was the Siegfried Line' ?

Answer: Brian Horrocks

He was a British general in World War II. He spoke these words while making reference to his tactics in the battle for the Reichswald forest in 1945.
3. What was the German defensive line in Italy during WWII called?

Answer: Gustav Line

It ran from the mouth of the Garigliano river through Cassino and across the Apennines to a point south of Ortona. After the US 5th Army's breakout from the Salerno beachhead and the advance of the British 8th Army from Taranto, the Germans fell back to this line and put up a stubborn defence.

The Allies landed at Anzio on 22 Jan 1944 in an attempt to outflank it, but this was quickly contained by German counterattacks and the line did not fall until the capture of Cassino in May 1944.
4. Which battle is regarded as the biggest naval battle in history?

Answer: Battle of the Leyte Gulf

In World War II, US naval victory over Japan from 17-25 Oct 1944, to the east of the Philippines. This battle involved 216 US warships, 2 Australian vessels, and 64 Japanese warships. There were a number of separate actions as elements of these forces met and diverged, but the overall result was the destruction of the Japanese Navy.

They lost some 500 aircraft, 3 battleships, 4 carriers, 10 cruisers, 11 destroyers, and 1 submarine. Of the surviving Japanese warships, few if any had escaped damage.

In contrast, the Americans lost 3 light carriers, 2 destroyers, 1 destroyer escort, and 200 aircraft. While the naval battle was raging, General Krueger landed the 6th US Army on Leyte island, which was secured on 25 Dec 1944.
5. After losing which naval battle did Hitler relieve Admiral Erich Raeder of his post as commander in chief of the German Fleet?

Answer: Battle of the Barents Sea

This was an important British naval victory over German forces north of Murmansk, on 30 Dec 1942. The German force, including the cruisers Lutzow and Admiral Hipper, and six destroyers, attacked a British convoy en route to Murmansk. The convoy was protected by six British destroyers and five smaller escort vessels which launched a vigorous counterattack, enabling it to turn away, but then themselves ran into part of the German force.

The Germans were unable to tell whether they were British or German vessels due to poor visibility and hesitated long enough for the destroyers to lay a smoke screen.

The British ships were severely damaged, and two were sunk, but were saved by two cruisers from Murmansk which sank one German destroyer and damaged the Admiral Hipper.

The German commander broke off the fight and retired.
6. During World War II, what British destroyer intercepted the German auxiliary cruiser Altmark?

Answer: HMS Cossack

7. Which German admiral was the originator of the wolf-pack submarine technique?

Answer: Karl Doenitz

The wolf-pack submarine technique sank 15 million tonnes of Allied shipping in World War II. He succeeded Hitler in 1945, capitulated, and was imprisoned 1946-56.
8. The British inflicted a crushing defeat on the Italians during the North African Campaign in 1941. Which battle?

Answer: Beda Fomm

The battle was fought on 7 February 1941. Elements of the British 7th Armoured Division had cut across the desert and set up a road block in which the retreating 10th Italian Army was ambushed. Over 25,000 prisoners, 100 tanks, 216 guns, and 1,500 other vehicles were captured.
9. What inconclusive naval battle was fought between the US and Japanese fleet in 1943?

Answer: Battle of Kolombangara

Kolombangara was one of the Solomon Islands. Four Japanese transports escorted by a cruiser and four destroyers were attempting to resupply the Japanese garrison on Kolombangara when they were intercepted by three US cruisers and nine destroyers. The US vessels opened fire, sinking the Japanese cruiser.

In reply the Japanese destroyers launched a torpedo attack which crippled one US cruiser. About two hours later the two forces met once more and the Japanese torpedoes crippled the two remaining US cruisers and sank one destroyer. By this time the Japanese had landed their troops and supplies and so they withdrew.
10. At which place did the Germans find the grave of 4,500 Polish officers in 1943 who were supposedly killed by the Soviets?

Answer: Katyn Forest

The corpses were traced in the Katyn Forest near Smolensk, SW of Moscow, Russia. These Polish officer prisoners of war were captured in the German-Soviet partition of Poland in 1940. 10,000 others were killed elsewhere. In 1989 the USSR accepted responsibility for the massacre.
11. Which British commander founded the modern Indian and Pakistani armies during the course of the Second World War?

Answer: Claude John Auchinleck

He commanded the British 8th Army in the first Battle of El Alamein in 1942 in North Egypt. He inflicted a crushing defeat on the German troops under Erwin Rommel. He became commander-in- chief in India. In 1946 he was promoted to field marshal and he retired the next year. He was nicknamed 'the Auk'.
12. Whose army was nicknamed the 'Desert Rats' ?

Answer: Bernard Law Montgomery

'The Desert Rats' was the nickname of the 7th Armoured Division, not 8th Army under Montgomery which emerged victorious in the second Battle of El Alamein in November 1942.
13. During the war, a large number of artificial harbours were constructed to be towed across the English Channel to the coast of France. What were these harbors called?

Answer: Mulberry Harbour

They were actually prefabricated floating harbours which were used on D-day to assist in the assault on the German-held French coast of Normandy.
14. During the war, what did the word Pluto mean (what does it stand for)?

Answer: Pipe Line Under the Ocean

These pipes were used to transport fuel under the ocean and supply petrol to the invading armies.
15. Some neo-Nazi youths wear shirts with the number '88'. What is the significance of this number?

Answer: Heil Hitler

8 refers to the eighth letter of the (Roman) alphabet 'H'. Therefore 88 means HH or Heil Hitler i.e. the Nazi salute.
16. Who was in command of the British XIII Corps in Sicily and Italy?

Answer: Miles Christopher Dempsey

He returned to Britain in 1944 and took command of the British 2nd Army for the D-day invasion, leading them through NW Europe to the final surrender.
17. During which naval battle between the US and Japan did America lose the cruisers Quincy, Vincennes, and Astoria?

Answer: Battle of Savo Island

It was a surprise night attack by the Japanese on 9 August 1942 but was repusled.
18. What name was given to American Volunteer Group of fighter airplane pilots during the war?

Answer: Flying Tigers

This group of US pilot was recruited to fight in China by Major-General Chennault 1940-41. The group proved an effective force against the Japanese over S China and Burma in 1941-42, destroying some 300 enemy aircraft. It was absorbed into the regular US air forces as the 14th Air Force with Chennault as its commander in 1942.
19. During the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese bombarded several cruisers, navy airplanes and destroyed or severely damaged five major battleships. Four of them were the USS Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia and California. Which was the fifth one (later repaired)?

Answer: USS Nevada

It was among one of the several US vessels which was scuttled in the Pacific Ocean on December 7 1941 by the Japanese.
20. Which British cruiser ultimately sank the German battleship Bismarck in 1941?

Answer: HMS Dorsetshire

The Bismarck was launched in February 1939. After setting out with the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen to attack convoys in the Atlantic in May 1941, the Bismarck was attacked by HMS Hood and HMS Prince of Wales on 24 May. The Hood was sunk and the Prince of Wales forced to withdraw although they inflicted some damage.

The Bismarck turned back toward Brest and was attacked by torpedo bombers from HMS Ark Royal on 26 May which damaged the steering gear. The final blow on came 27 May when HMS King George V and HMS Rodney attacked and virtually wrecked the German vessel.

The job was finished with a torpedo attack by HMS Dorsetshire which finally sank the ship. Only 107 of the 2,192 crew survived. Admiral Gunther Lutjens was among the casualties.
21. Who remarked 'I'm glad we've been bombed. It makes me feel I can look the East End in the face' ?

Answer: Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

She said this to a policeman on 13 September 1940 following German bombing of Buckingham Palace.
22. Who was the commander of the Fast Carrier Striking Force which attacked Pearl Harbor in Dec 1941?

Answer: Chuichi Nagumo

Nagumo entered the Indian Ocean April in 1942, attacked British naval bases in Ceylon, and sank several British warships. He was decisively defeated at the Battle of Midway in May 1942, but fared better in the Solomons and at Santa Cruz, although he lost much of his aircraft strength.
23. Who commanded the Japanese forces in the battle of Iwo Jima?

Answer: Todomichi Kuribyashi

He constructed a powerful series of defensive positions held by some 23,000 troops.
24. Who proclaimed himself as the Fuehrer of Germany after the death of Hitler in 1945?

Answer: Karl Doenitz

After Hitler was reported dead Doenitz proclaimed himself as the Fuehrer on 1 May 1945. He was imprisoned for war crimes from 1946-56 during which he wrote 'Memoirs'.
25. What was the total cost of World War II (in dollars)?

Answer: 1,192,491,000,000

This was the total amount of money that was spent by the Axis and Aliied Powers from 1939-45 in various operations and offensives.
Source: Author swashbuckler

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