In every war, military commanders use code names to differentiate between various operations. How much do you know about the many major operations that the Allies and Axis launched during World War II?
What was the name of the Japanese operation to attack Pearl Harbor?
In December 1941, the Japanese launched Operation Z, the attack on Pearl Harbor. The highly successful assault dragged the United States into World War II.
What was the intent of the Allied operation code named "Cornflakes"?
to stall Nazi supply lines
to deliver propaganda
In this operation, Allied planes dropped mail bags of propaganda in the area of air strikes. As the Germans cleaned up, it was hoped that the Nazis would deliver this fake mail to citizens, who would then read the anti-Nazi propaganda.
As part of Operation Gaff, a six-member British special forces team set off to kill which person?
In the summer of 1944, the small team parachuted behind Germin lines with the intent of killing German Gen. Erwin Rommel. Upon reaching their target, they found that Rommel had already been wounded by another attack, so the men made their way back home, destroying Nazi targets along the way.
Operation Bernhard was a Nazi plan intended to destablize Britain's economy by saturating England with fake currency. The fake notes were actually quite good and reappeared in circulation for years after the war.
Which Nazi operation was arranged to conduct industrial sabotage on Allied targets?
In 1942, a small group of Nazi agents (as part of Operation Pastorius) planned to blow up power plants and factories in the United States. One Nazi turned himself in and provided information leading to the arrests of the others before they could act on the plot.
Operation Barbarossa inflicted massive casualties on the USSR, but at a great cost to German forces. The Nazis captured vital areas of the country, but were eventually driven out by the ferocity (and numerical superiority) of Soviet military might.
What did the Allies plan to destroy as part of Operation XD?
In 1940, the Nazis were pushing east towards Belgium and the Netherlands, and their forces were approaching large stockpiles of oil. Operation XD was meant to demolish these oil installations, lest they fall into German hands.
What was the target of the Nazi's Operation Rösselsprung?
Operation Rösselsprung sent Nazi ships in pursuit of Allied ships crossing Arctic seas. The Allies desperately split up their ships to minimize losses, but instead gave the Nazis the opportunity to pick them off, one by one. It was a huge German success.