Can You Match the Weapon to the War?

By: John Miller

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

From the American Civil War to the Gulf War, every armed conflict is marked by an evolution in weapons. Can you match these well-known weapons to the correct war?

Little Boy bomb

On August 6, 1945, America dropped the first nuclear bomb ever used in combat. It devastated much of the Japanese city of Hiroshima and changed the course of the war.

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M16 rifle

The M16 is the Army designation for the AR-15 rifle. The M16 was adopted in time for American troops to use it during the Vietnam War.

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Lee-Enfield rifle

The Lee-Enfield rifle was a famous British rifle of WWI. This bolt-action staple was the army's official rifle from 1895 to 1957.

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German 88mm anti-aircraft gun

The 8.8cm Flak gun, known as the "88" by Allied troops, was a feared German weapon of WWII. It was accurate and powerful, and in a pinch, it doubled as a deadly artillery gun.

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Colt Army Model 1860

The Colt Army Model 1860 was a single-action revolver that was used by both the North and South in the American Civil War. After the conflict, many of the weapons ended up on the Old West frontier.

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Maxim Gun

The Maxim Gun was an early machine gun that saw widespread use by the British in WWI. The weapon weighed 60 pounds and required several men to operate it, but the payoff was a deadly concentrated firepower.

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M1 Garand

The M1 Garand was a famous American rifle during WWII. Its semi-automatic speed was a huge advantage over many Nazi squads still shooting with antiquated bolt action rifles.

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Brown Bess musket

The Brown Bess was a smoothbore musket common during the American Revolution. It could fire a single large ball or a scattering of smaller projectiles for a shotgun effect.

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Springfield rifle 1861

The Springfield rifle 1861 was the most common rifle of the Civil War. It was a rifled musket that was slow to load but had better accuracy than older weapons.

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Thompson submachine gun

The Thompson submachine gun became famous for its carnage during Prohibition violence. But it was also widely used by Americans during WWII. The "Tommy" gun could fire more than 700 rounds per minute.

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Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun

The Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun was a famous French weapon during WWI. It weighed more than 50 pounds but it could spit up to 600 rounds per minute.

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STEN gun

The STEN gun was a submachine gun used by British forces during WWII. The gun's design was purposely simplified so that they were quick and easy to build in large numbers for the war effort.

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Mustard gas

In WWI, both sides deployed mustard gas, which has a hazy yellowish appearance as it unfurls across a battlefield. The gas did cause terrible casualties, but it was even more effective as a weapon of terror.

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MP 40 submachine gun

The MP 40 submachine gun was a powerful weapon built by the Nazis for WWII. It was a full-auto weapon with no true single-shot setting.

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Model 24 grenade

The Germans created the Model 24 grenade in time for WWII. The "potato masher" style weapon was dreaded by Allied forces.

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Sharps rifle

The Sharps was a single-shot rifle common during the Civil War. These single-shot rifles were coveted for their accuracy at long distances, and many made their way onto the frontier after the war.

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Fat Man bomb

Three days after Little Boy leveled Hiroshima, America dropped a second atomic bomb -- Fat Man -- on Nagasaki. Fat Man and Little Boy killed around 200,000 people and injured many more.

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Pennsylvania rifles

Pennsylvania rifles were single-shot rifles of the American Revolution. Their rifled barrels gave them decent accuracy to about 300 yards, three times farther than a smoothbore musket.

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Ketchum grenades

Ketchum grenades were primitive weapons of the American Civil War. These grenades had finned tails to stabilize the device's flight, and a nose-mounted trigger started the fuse on impact.

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Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k was the primary service rifle for the German military during WWII. More than 14 million of these bolt-action rifles were built, and they still pop up from time to time in conflicts around the world.

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Ferguson rifle

The British adopted the Ferguson rifle and used it as a standard rifle in the American Revolution. It was the first breech-loading rifle used in a major conflict.

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Charleville musket

When the French jumped into the American Revolution, they were often armed with Charleville muskets. Skilled soldiers could fire about two shots per minute.

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Gatling gun

The Gatling gun was an early, hand-cranked machine gun that found some use by Union forces in the Civil War. The gun was so heavy (170 pounds) that it required wheels.

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Luger P08

The Luger P08 was made for the German Army, which deployed them in large numbers during WWI and WWII. But it was actually first adopted by the Swiss Army in 1901.

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Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber

The Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber was used by some American forces in the Spanish-American War. But swords wouldn't be on the battlefield much longer.

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M4 Sherman

The M4 Sherman was an American battle tank of WWII. Both reliable and inexpensive, Americans built tens of thousands of them and rushed them to the front against the Axis.

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M14 rifle

The M14 was a common American weapon during the Vietnam War. It fires .308 cartridges and is still used in shooting competitions.

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Mauser C96

During the Spanish-American War, some Spanish forces used the Mauser C96, a semi-auto pistol with a huge stock. The pistol had an oddly long barrel and used powerful cartridges, two factors in its superior accuracy and penetration.

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M102 howitzer

The M102 howitzer was heavily used by American forces in Vietnam. Helicopters routinely transported these large artillery pieces to remote jungle locations.

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M1 carbine

The M1 carbine (not to be confused with the M1 Garand) is another American weapon of WWII. This semi-automatic rifle was also used in the Vietnam and Korean Wars.

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