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Battles through the ages

Test your knowledge about military engagements, from Saxon times to 21st century! 15 Questions.

 
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1

In 1066, just before the battle of Hastings, King Harold's troops were engaged in fighting an invading Norwegian force in the north of England, near which village?

  • Highbury
  • Anfield
  • Stamford Bridge

2

The forces of Empress Matilda defeated those of King Stephen at which battle in 1141?

  • Lincoln
  • Cambridge
  • Norwich

3

The battles of Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt were stunning victories for English forces over the French. What technology won the day?

  • Cannon
  • Archery
  • Catapault

4

Near which East Lothian town in 1745 did the forces of Charles Edward Stuart defeat the English army under Sir John Cope?

  • Tranent
  • Prestonpans
  • Dunbar

5

Near which Scottish town is Bannockburn, where Bruce's army defeated an English force under Edward II?

  • Perth
  • Stirling
  • Edinburgh

6

Which of the following was NOT the site of an engagement in the First English Civil War?

  • Worcester
  • Marston Moor
  • Lostwithiel

7

British forces were engaged against the armed forces of which country in the following battles:

Drag items from right column to match with left column

Left

  • Ladysmith
  • Oudenaarde
  • Inkerman
  • Kentish Knock

Right

  • Boer Republic
  • Netherlands
  • Russia
  • France

8

Which is generally held to be the last pitched battle fought on British soil?

  • Naseby
  • Culloden
  • Sedgemoor

9

The Ardennes offensive by the German army in 1944-45 is known in the USA as the Battle of...

  • Ardennes
  • France
  • Bulge

10

Of which Second World War battle did Churchill say "This is not the beginning of the end, but ...the end of the beginning"?

  • El Alamein
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Battle of Britain

11

The 3rd Battle of Ypres on the Western Front of the First World War is also known by the name of a nearby village - which one?

  • Passchendaele
  • Cambrai
  • Arras

12

Which was the last battle between an English and a Scottish army fought in England?

  • Culloden
  • Flodden
  • Marston Moor

13

Victory in a major engagement by the USA navy over the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1942 is named for which Pacific islands?

  • Iwo Jima
  • Midway
  • Solomon Islands

14

By which island group did the German Navy scuttle 51 ships in 1919?

  • Orkney
  • Shetland
  • Outer Hebrides

15

What is a "schiltron"?

  • An experimental jet fighter
  • A formation of foot soldiers, particularly 13th or 14th century Scottish
  • An early cannon

 

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