Do You Know Who Won These WWII Battles?

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About This Quiz

World War Two was, and thankfully remains, the worst war in the history of humanity. It resulted in the deaths of between 50 and 80 million people, most of them civilians and many of them murdered in the Holocaust, the first industrialized genocide in history. 

What made World War Two so awful was the fact that it was the first major conflict fought after the war machine of each nation involved became truly a machine: the armies were fully mechanized, from the small arms they carried to the tanks they rode into the fighters and bombers that fought overhead. Scientists raced to develop and deploy chemical, biological, and eventually nuclear weapons designed to maximize loss of life and crush the enemy into submission. 

The War was thus taking place exactly at the confluence of two things: the willingness of fascist regimes to fight a bloody ground war of conquest with a full mobilization and damn the fact that this meant overwhelmingly civilian deaths, and the invention of weapons horrible enough to carry out this vision. Just as this clash enabled the Holocaust to produce a new kind of mass murder, World War Two became a new kind of industrial horror.

As a result, the battles of this war had death tolls that sometimes surpassed even the tolls of World War One. While one army or other might call itself the winner, it usually meant leveled towns, murdered civilians, and refugees fleeing. Still, someone had to be the winner - so let's see if you know who it was!

Attack on Pearl Harbor

The surprise Attack on Pearl Harbor was a Japanese victory. It signaled the US entry into the war.

Battle of Stalingrad

The Battle of Stalingrad was a win for Russia. The Russians beat the Germans and destroyed the German Army.

Battle of the Bulge

The Allies won the Battle of the Bulge. The battle resulted in ~100,000 American casualties.

Battle of Midway

Put this one squarely in the win column for the Allies. The US Navy beat the Japanese in the Pacific.

Battle of Guadalcanal

The Battle of Guadalcanal was a win for the Allies. The battle was code named Operation Watchtower.

Battle of Gazala

The Battle of Gazala was an Axis victory. The battle was fought in the African desert.

Battle of Iwo Jima

The Americans won the Battle of Iwo Jima. In this battle, the Americans took the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese.

Battle of Okinawa

The Battle of Okinawa goes in the win column for the Allies. The US and Britain battled the Japanese.

Second Battle of El Alamein

The Second Battle of El Alamein was won by the Allies. The battle took place in Egypt.

Battle of Kursk

The Russians beat the Germans in the Battle of Kursk. The battle was fought in Russia.

Dieppe Raid

The Dieppe Raid goes in the win column for the Germans. The Allies invaded, but the Germans won on French soil

Battle of the Coral Sea

The Battle of the Coral Sea was a win for both sides. Although the Americans prevented the Japanese advance, the Japanese did significant damage.

Malayan Campaign

The Malayan Campaign was a win for the Japanese. The battle was said to be a disaster for the British.

Battle of Monte Cassino

The Allies won the Battle of Monte Cassino. The Allies defeated Germany and Italy, but sustained significant losses.

Battle of Crete

The Battle of Crete was an Axis victory. Axis powers invaded the island of Crete, Greece, by air.

Battle of Leyte Gulf

Put this battle squarely in the win column for the Allies. The US crippled the Japanese Navy.

Invasion of Normandy

The Invasion of Normandy was a win for the Allies. It was the largest amphibious invasion in history.

Battle of Berlin

The Russians invaded Berlin in the Battle of Berlin. This battle is also known as the Fall of Berlin.

Battle of Peleliu

The Battle of Peleliu was a win for the Allies. The US battled Japan in what was called Operation Stalemate II.

Battle of Anzio

The Allies scored a win at the Battle of Anzio. The US and England fought the Italians.

Aleutian Islands Campaign

The Allies are credited with a win in the Aleutian Islands Campaign. The Allies battled Japan near Alaska in the Pacific.

Siege of Leningrad

The Siege of Leningrad was an Allied victory. Russia and Germany battled it out in what is now known as St. Petersburg.

Operation Torch

Operation Torch was a win for the Allies. In this battle, the US invaded French North Africa.

Battle of Moscow

The Battle of Moscow was an Allied victory. The Russians and the Germans battled it out on Russian soil.

Battle of Tarawa

The Allies won the Battle of Tarawa. US forces battled the Japanese, and both sides sustained significant losses.

Battle of Saipan

The Allies won the Battle of Saipan. The US won the battle against the Japanese.

Operation Dragoon

Operation Dragoon was an Allied victory. The Allies pushed Germany out of Southern France.

Battle of Attu

The Battle of Attu goes in the win column for the Allies. US and Canadian forces repelled Japan in the Aleutian Islands.

Philippines Campaign

The Philippines Campaign was a win for the Allies. The US and the Philippines worked together to push Japan out of the Philippines.

Battle of Guam

The Allies won the Battle of Guam. The US liberated Guam from Japanese control.

Battle of the Dnieper

The Russians won the Battle of the Dnieper. Once again, the Russians and Germans duked it out on Russian soil.

Battle of Dunkirk

The Battle of Dunkirk was a strategic victory for the Allies and a tactical victory for the Germans. More than 1,000 civilians were killed during the battle.

Operation Bagration

The Allies were able to claim victory in Operation Bagration. The Soviets and the Polish beat the Germans on Russian soil.

Battle of Kwajalein

The Battle of Kwajalein was an Allied victory. The battle was fought in the Pacific and pitted the US against Japan.

Battle of Narva

The Battle of Narva was a German defensive victory. The battle was fought in Estonia.

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