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Questions I

  1. What was the name of the main site for British codebreakers during World War II? And which TWO German cipher machines were the most important to have their codes broken?


  2. The Enola Gay was the name of the B-29 bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, but what was the name given to the aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki 3 days later?
  3. Which battle of World War II remains the largest armoured battle of all time?
  4. Can you give the month and the year of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor?
  5. What event is often called the September Campaign?
  6. In 1942, which country was awarded the George Cross by the United Kingdom for its peoples' endurance and bravery?
  7. Can you name the Emperor that led Japan during World War Two?
  8. Who invented the bouncing bomb? And what was the name of the operation to breach The Mohne and Edersee Dams using them?
  9. How many Japanese aircraft carriers were sunk at the Battle of Midway?
  10. Which major battle of World War II lasted from August 1942 to February 1943?
  11. Who was appointed commander-in-chief of the German airforce (Luftwaffe) in 1935? And what did he also infamously create in 1933?
  12. Which British special operations units created by Orde Charles Wingateknown were officially known as the Long Range Penetration Groups?
  13. Which WWII general was also selected as the U.S. Army's entry for the first modern pentathlon at the 1912 Olympic Games?
  14. With the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history, what did Winston Churchill call the "worst disaster" in British military history?

Answers:

  1. Bletchley Park. Enigma, and Lorenz.
  2. Bock's Car
  3. Battle of Kursk
  4. December (7), 1941
  5. German invasion of Poland
  6. Malta
  7. Emperor Hirohito
  8. Barnes Wallis. Operation Chastise (subsequently publicised as the 'Dam Busters' which is not the correct answer for this question)
  9. Four (the Americans lost one carrier)
  10. The Battle of Stalingrad
  11. Hermann Goring. Founded the Gestapo in 1933 (he later gave command of it to Heinrich Himmler).
  12. Chindits
  13. George S. Patton
  14. The Fall of Singapore



Questions II

  1. Who was the new commander of British Bomber Command in 1942? And which German city was the first to suffer at the hands of his ‘Thousand Plan’ - a plan to bomb cities with over one thousand Allied bombers?
  2. Which US general vowed “I shall return” after he and his forces were driven out of the Philippines by the victorious Japanese in 1942?
  3. The Battle of the Bulge, the last major German offensive in the west, was launched through which dense forest region?
  4. Which British single-seat RAF fighter aircraftcraft accounted for 60 percent of the RAF air victories in the Battle of Britain?
  5. From 1939 to 1940, what was the BEF?
  6. The pocket battle ship Admiral Graf Spee was forced to put into which port after being damaged by British ships?
  7. Name the Group Captain and winner of the Victoria Cross who founded a well known charity bearing his name that supports disabled people?
  8. The official Japanese surrender, on 2 September 1945, took place aboard which US battleship?
  9. What was the code name for Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II?
  10. Which German soldier was popularly known as the Desert Fox?
  11. In which year did Churchill become Prime Minister? And what was Churchill's offical government role and title before becoming Prime Minister?
  12. Which French World War One hero lead the puppet French Vichy government?
  13. What was code-named Operation Dynamo?
  14. On 9 July 1943, the Allieds started the invasion of which island in Operation Husky?

Answers:

  1. (Air Marshall Arthur) ‘Bomber’ Harris. Cologne.
  2. Douglas MacArthur




  3. Ardennes
  4. The Hawker Hurricane (even though the Spitfire was perceived by the public to be the main RAF fighter and had a higher victory-to-loss ratio)
  5. The British Expeditionary Force (the British Army in Western Europe)
  6. Montevideo
  7. Leonard Cheshire
  8. USS Missouri
  9. Operation Barbarossa
  10. Erwin Rommel
  11. 1940 (10 May - the same day Germany invaded France, Holland and Belgium). First Lord of the Admiralty.
  12. Marshall Petain
  13. The Dunkirk evacuation
  14. Sicily
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