World War 2

World War 2 Trivia

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In what year was the famous Dambuster Raid carried out?

1943 Click to see the answer

What was the number of John F Kennedy's PT Boat that was rammed and sunk by a Japanese Destroyer in 1943?

109

In World War II Operation Sea Lion was Adolph Hitler's plan to invade which country?

Britain

In World War II, what where the V1 and V2?

German Missiles

How long did World War II last for?

6 years 1 day

In what year did Italy invade Greece?

1940

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Which heavyweight boxer famously fought in the US Army during World War II?

Joe Louis Click to see the answer

Britain declared war on Nazi Germany In what year?

1939

What was the name of the aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima?

Enola Gay

The people of which island were awarded the George Cross by King George VI?

Malta

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour took place in December of which year?

1941

The Potsdam Conference began in which month in 1945?

July

Where was the Dambuster Squadron based?

RAF Scampton

Which of these countries was not a combatant during World War II?

Portugal

In 1944, what was the July 20 Plot?

Assassinate Hitler

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Which action by Germany in 1939 prompted Britain and France to declare war?

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What is the name of the project that built the first nuclear weapon?

Manhattan Project

Who attacked Russia in the Battle of Lake Khasan?

Japan

What title did Adolf Hitler bestow on himself after gaining power in Nazi Germany?

Fuhrer

Italy declared war on Germany In what year?

1943

During World War II what did British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's 'V' sign symbolize?

Victory

Which of these countries was not a combatant during World War II?

Ireland

In February 1942 SS Normandie caught fire and capsized in which harbour?

New York

Franklin D Roosevelt died suddenly in which month of 1945?

April

Which Prime Minister informed the British public that the country was at war with Germany, in a radio announcement?

Neville Chamberlain

Who was US Ambassador to the UK at the outbreak of World War II?

Joseph P Kennedy

What was the codename for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945?

Fat Man

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In what year did Winston Churchill make his ' Never was so much owed by so many to so few' speech?

1940 Click to see the answer

What was the name given by the British to the period in World War 1I between declaration of war and outbreak of major military operations?

Phoney War

In what year did Japan begin its invasion of Russia?

1938

Mussolini was arrested and relieved from office In what year?

1943

In what year did World War II begin?

1939

Who assassinated the Archduke of Austria and thus instigated World War I?

Gavrilo Princip

What was the code name for the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima?

Little Boy

Who became Reich President when Hitler committed suicide?

Karl Donitz

The Battle of Monte Cassino took place in which country?

Italy

What was the code name for the Japanese suicide attacks?

Kamikaze

In the 1950s there was a huge rise in the production of what folowing World War II?

Babies

In what year did Japan conquer Singapore?

1942

Which RAF squadron carried out the Dambuster raid?

617

How many Sullivan Brothers were killed when the USS Juneau was sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal?

5

Which was the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by Germany during World War II

Channel Islands

On which country did the USA drop two atomic bombs at the end of World War II?

Japan

The Japanese surrender was signed on a ship in which city?

Tokyo

In what year did Germany annexe Austria, one of the key events leading to World War II?

1938

What was the name of the German air force during World War II?

Luftwaffe

What was the name of the dictator who led Italy during World War II?

Benito Mussolini

What was the family name of the group of brothers killed during the sinking of the USS Juneau at the Battle of Guadalcanal?

Sullivan

Admiral Yamamoto died following what?

His plane was shot down

How many plane crashes did George Bush Sr. survive in World War II?

0

In which year did World War II end?

1945

In April 1945 Hitler married his mistress. What was her name?

Eva Braun

What was the codename for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945?

Little Boy

After the end of World War II, Germany was divided into how many zones of occupation?

4

In what year did the Battle of Kursk take place?

1943

What was the code name for the Japanese fighter aircraft used during World War II?

Zero

Who was the controversial leader of Italy during World War II?

Benito Mussolini

The Molotov Ribbentrop Pact was a peace deal signed with which nation in 1939?

Germany

The Battle of Britain began In what year?

1940

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Which American aircraft had the nickname Stratofortress?

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Which of the following countries was not invaded by the Axis Powers during the war?

United States

After the Japanese surrender, who took command of the Japanese Government?

General MacArthur

Which two countries were first to declare war on Germany in 1939?

Britain and France

What was Germany's main strategy for trying to conquer Britain in World War 1I?

Aerial attack

What was the name of an atomic bomb that was dropped over Japan?

Fat Man

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How did Adolf Hitler die?

Suicide Click to see the answer

The Japanese Instrument of Surrender was signed aboard which ship?

USS Missouri

How did the U.S. officially enter World War II and specifically with Germany?

Germany declared war

Where did the signing of the Japanese surrender take place, bringing the close World War 1I?

U.S.S. Missouri

The Battle of Kursk is best described as which of these?

Tank battle

Winston Churchill first became UK Prime Minister in what year?

1940

What was the name of the British establishment where German codes were broken?

Bletchley Park

U-boat was the code name for a type of what?

German submarine

Which officer headed the American occupation of Japan at the conclusion of the war?

Douglas MacArthur

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During World War II the German cruiser Graf Spee was scuttled outside which harbour?

Montevideo Click to see the answer

What was the codename for the Allied Invasion of Normandy in 1944?

Operation Overlord

In what year did Russia make the infamous Molotov Ribbentrop pact?

1939

Which battle was considered the main turning point for the USA in the war in the Pacific?

Midway

What was Admiral Yamamoto's first name?

Isoroku

In August 1942 General Bernard Montgomery was appointed commander of which British Army Division in North Africa?

Eighth

Which party won the UK General Election of 1945, shortly before the war ended?

Labour

Which country suffered the largest number of civilian deaths?

Soviet Union

Which US President authorized the atomic bombing of Japan?

Truman

In which country were the majority of the Nazi extermination camps during World War 1I?

Poland

Neville Chamberlain resigned as UK Prime Minister In what year?

1940

Which were the first two Western European countries invaded by Germany in World War II?

Belgium and France

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In May 1945 Heinrich Himmler committed suicide by which method?

Cyanide Click to see the answer

What was the codename for the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki?

Fat Man

The first 'Thousand Bomber Raid' in May 1942 was targeted against which German city?

Cologne

What was the name of the B-29 bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima?

Enola Gay

In May 1941 British battle cruiser HMS Hood was attacked and destroyed by which German ship?

Bismarck

What were the V1 and V2?

German rockets

On which date in 1945 was the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima?

August 6th

Which Soviet general led the West Front counterattack against Germany?

Georgi Zhukov

In February 1942 President Roosevelt ordered General Douglas MacArthur to invade which county?

Philippines

In World War II Adolph Hitler arranged for the French surrender to take place where?

In a railway car

What was the codename for the first atomic bomb test in New Mexico?

Trinity

What was the code name for the first atomic bomb ever detonated?

Trinity

Which of these countries was the last to surrender to the Allies?

Japan

The D-Day landings in Normandy took place on which date in 1944?

June 6th

Which Japanese city was the atomic bomb first dropped on?

Hiroshima

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In what year was US General Eisenhower appointed Supreme Allied Commander in Europe?

1943 Click to see the answer

What was the name of the aircraft that dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki?

Bockscar

The Dumbarton Oaks Conference in Washington DC in 1944 paved the way for the formation of which organization?

United Nations

Winston Churchill became UK Prime Minister upon Neville Chamberlain's resignation In what year?

1940

What name was given to the 1943 Operation intended to break the siege of Leningrad?

Spark

What was the codename for the Japanese fighter aircraft used during World War 1I?

Zero

On which date in 1945 did Germany unconditionally surrender to the Allies?

May 7th

Churchill's War Bunker was beneath which government building in London

Treasury

In 1940 Vidkund Quisling became Head of State in which country?

Norway

What was the name originally given to what became Britain's 'Home Guard'?

Local Defence Volunteers

Which officer took command of the British Army in Africa in 1939?

Bernard Montgomery

After the Japanese surrender, on which date was there a worldwide celebration of V-J Day?

August 15th

Which of the following countries surrendered last to the Allies?

Japan

What Japanese action created tension with the United States?

Attacking China

Which cathedral in the British midlands was destroyed during a German air raid in November 1940?

Coventry

Germany launched the first V1 Flying Rockets at Britain In what year?

1944

The town of Flanders, one of the key battle areas on World War 1I, is in which country?

Belgium

Which American aircraft had the nickname Flying Fortress?

B-17

What was the code name given to Germany's plan to invade the Russia?

Operation Barbarossa

In October 1941 US President Roosevelt approved $1billion Lend-Lease loan to which country?

Russia

Because Churchill lost the British General Election in July 1945, who replaced him at Potsdam

Clement Attlee

At which World War 1I Conference did the allies set the terms of the Japanese surrender?

Potsdam

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During World War II The Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII) was made Governor of where?

Bahamas Click to see the answer

In World War II what type of ships were Germany's Gneisenau and Scharnhorst?

Battleships

On which date in 1945 was the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki?

August 9th

In June 1945 where was the United Nations Charter signed?

San Francisco

The Yalta Conference in Crimea took place in which month in 1945?

February

In which city was the formal surrender of all German forces accepted by the Allies?

Rheims

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Which ship was sunk by the Japanese shortly after delivering nuclear material to Tinian?

USS Indianapolis Click to see the answer

America's top secret Manhattan Project actually began In what year?

1942

In which country was Rudolf Hess captured by Allied Forces in May 1941?

Scotland

In which country was the formal surrender of all German forces accepted by the Allies?

France

The Battle of Midway occurred in which month in 1942?

June

Winston Churchill became the UK's First Lord of the Admiralty In what year?

1939

Greenland was occupied by which country in April 1941?

USA

What was the name of the Japanese destroyer that rammed and sank John F Kennedy's PT boat in 1943?

Amagiri

Paris was liberated in which month in 1944?

August

Who was Pope at the outbreak of World War II in 1939?

Pius XII

In April 1945 Benito Mussolini was executed in which city?

Milan

In World War II what type of ship was Germany's Admiral Graf Spee?

Cruiser

What was the codename given to Germany's plan to invade Russia?

Operation Barbarossa

In August 1941 Winston Churchill and US President Franklin D Roosevelt secretly met - where?

Newfoundland

In WW II, What was the main discussion point at the Tehran Conference?

Allied invasion of France

In 1940 Germany's Jews were ordered to wear what color stars for identification?

Yellow

On the day Winston Churchill became Prime Minister Britain invaded which country?

Iceland

The Tehran Conference between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin started in which month of 1943?

November

Operation Typhoon was the codename for Germany's all-out offence against which city?

Moscow

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