What Do You Know About World War II?

 World War II was the most terrible war in recorded history, claiming tens of millions of lives around the world, and wreaking havoc on the political and economic structures of dozens of nations. How much do you know about this horrific global war?
 
 
Which naval battle was considered the turning point of the Pacific Ocean Theater during World War 2?
Battle of Midway
Battle of the Gulf
Battle of the Coral Sea
Battle of the Eastern Solomons
 
 
In a Nazi concentration camp, a pink triangle identified a prisoner as...
Some stories tell of SS soldiers using them as shooting practice, aiming for that pink triangle.
Jewish
Gay
Political Prisoner
Black
 
 
Which American tank was the most commonly used tank in WW2, seeing over 50,000 in production?
The Panzer IV Tank
The Sherman Tank
The Tiger Tank
The Matilda II Tank
 
 
Which best describes Germany’s standard invasion strategy at the beginning of World War II?
It was called blitzkrieg and the German used it to overwhelm and occupy a large part of Europe.
Attacking with a combination of speed and overwhelming force
Convert the population ahead of the army and sabotage from within
Draw out battles to exhust the enemy
Intimidate the enemy into a surrender by amassing huge forces on its border
 
 
What two countries were already involved in a military conflict before the beginning of World War II?
Indeed Japan and China were already engaged in a military conflict before WW2 began.
Japan and China
Germany and Austria
Germany and Greece
Japan and India
 
 
What country lost the most lives in World War II?
Russian casualties were horrendous, costing more than 27 million lives, both army and civilian. It was actually China that was next, with 11 million.
Russia
Poland
Germany
France
United States
England
 
 
What English code breaker created a machine that helped to decrypt Nazi messages?
Alan Turing
Stephen Hawking
Sir William Thompson
Charles Babbage
 
 
Which one of these countries did NOT remain neutral during WWII?
Ireland
Switzerland
Portugal
Brazil
 
 
Which was the first Axis Power to surrender?
Italy was the first Axis partner to give up: it surrendered to the Allies on September 8, 1943, six weeks after leaders of the Italian Fascist Party deposed Fascist leader and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
Hungary
Romania
Italy
Japan
 
 
True or False: Once deposed, Mussolini was rescued from prison by the German SS and taken to see Hitler.
He was then put in charge of a puppet regime in Northern Italy. Once the allied won, he had nowhere to run.
True
False
 
 
What was the Nazi code name for a planned invasion of the United Kingdom during WW2?
Operation Sea Lion, or Unternehmen Seelöwe, was Nazi Germany's code name for a provisionally proposed invasion of the United Kingdom during the Battle of Britain.
Operation Overlord
Operation Teacup
Operation Centurion
Operation Sea Lion
 
 
Which country was the site of most of the Nazi extermination camps?
Poland
Hungary
Belgium
Russia
 
 
What was Hitler’s primary justification for invading Russia during WW2, thus breaking their previous agreement?
Stalin was preparing to attack Germany
Germany needed more space for its population
That the Russians were an inferior race
That the Russians were communists
Not Great... Try Again?
WWII didn't happen yesterday. We are only 20 years away from it being a century ago. That said, it WAS the greatest conflict in human history, and the ripples from that conflict are still felt today. For that reason and not wanting to repeat history, you should try and learn more about this great war. How about trying again?
Nice One!
You definitely have a pretty good amount of knowledge about WW2, the biggest war we've had on this planet. This is very important, because many are starting to forget the lessons we all learned from that war, and it behooves us to remember it and remember it well, or we might repeat our mistakes...
You Never Forgot...
Congratulations on acing this quiz! There are some tricky questions here, which means you really know your WW2 history. That's a wonderful thing, because many are starting to forget the details of this war, and we never want to forget those important lessons it taught us. A terrific achievement, good for you!
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