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World War II

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Okay, an easy one to begin with. The Second World War lasted between which years:

  • 1931 - 1940
  • 1939 -1945
  • 1935 - 1941
  • 1938 - 1942


What historic event is generally regarded as the trigger for the beginning of the war?

  • Hitler’s rise to power in 1933
  • Japanese invasion of China
  • The bombing of Pearl Harbour
  • The invasion of Poland


In June 1941, the three ‘Axis Powers’ invaded the Soviet Union. The Powers were made up of Germany, Japan and which other nation?

  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Turkey
  • China


In April 1940, why did Hitler decide to invade Norway and Denmark?

  • It was because of the large Jewish populations in these countries
  • It would be easy to invade the Soviet Union from there
  • To help transport iron ore from Sweden
  • To set up possible invasion fleets to be used against Britain


Who did Churchill replace as Prime Minister in May 1940?

  • Stanley Baldwin
  • Neville Chamberlain
  • Ramsay MacDonald
  • David Lloyd George


Throughout the war, the Germans continuously used blitzkrieg. What was this?

  • Eradication of the Jews
  • U-boat warfare
  • Use of chemical agents
  • Lightning war


Which North African country did Italy invade in September 1940?

  • Libya
  • Egypt
  • Tunisia
  • Algeria


Continuing with the African theme, who commanded German ground forces in Africa?

  • Erwin Rommel
  • Heinrich Himmler
  • Herman Goering
  • Rudolph Hess


What was the origin of the swastika?

  • It characterised highest spiritual attainment of the Pharaohs
  • A Romanic symbol of evil and hate
  • It was an ‘inverse’ symbol of a tantric charm in Hinduism
  • A symbol of bravery in North Indian folklore


The United States joined the war after the bombing of Pearl Harbour. Where is Pearl Harbour located?

  • Hawaii
  • Philippines
  • Fiji
  • Guam


In 1957, David Lean’s celebrated movie, The Bridge on the River Kwai, was released. In which country is the bridge located?

  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Burma
  • Korea


In 1940, Japan occupied French Indochina (Vietnam) in concurrence with what agreement?

  • Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
  • Potsdam Declaration
  • League of Nations Concord
  • French Vichy Government Dictate


During the war, which country underwent a civil war with General Franco as the subsequent Head of State?

  • Morocco
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Mexico


The Battle of Britain Bunker was the base for information gathering from radar stations. Where was it based during the war?

  • Uxbridge
  • Dover
  • Cambridge
  • Southampton


Bernard Montgomery took command of the British Eighth Army in August 1942 after the first Battle of El Alamein. What was his military rank at this juncture?

  • Field Marshall
  • Major-General
  • Lieutenant-General
  • Brigadier


On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allies began the invasion of Normandy, France. What was the title given to the invasion?

  • Operation Normandy
  • Operation Overlord
  • Operation Alliance
  • Operation Unity


Towards the end of the war the Western Allies were crossing which river on their way into Western Germany?

  • The Elbe
  • The Danube
  • The Mosel
  • The Rhine


On August 15, 1945, the Japanese finally surrendered to the Allies led by the United States. Aboard which ship was the surrender documents signed?

  • The USS Missouri
  • The USS North Carolina
  • The USS Arizona
  • The USS Nevada


After the war, the Marshall Plan was instigated by the United States. What was the Marshall Plan?

  • A plan to help control the spread of Communism in the West
  • A military plan to rebuild Western forces in Europe
  • An economic plan to help Europe recover from the war
  • A plan to abolish nuclear weapons throughout Europe


The post-war Yalta Conference was attended by Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin to discuss the post-war reorganisation of Europe. In which modern-day territory is the resort of Yalta located?

  • Belarus
  • Moldova
  • Warsaw
  • Crimea