The Second World War was the biggest – and deadliest -- war in human history. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the United States began what it declared to be a fight for its very existence, and Americans everywhere responded to the call for help. Of the millions of people who served, a few rose to incredible fame, garnering headlines and pages in history books around the world. In this battle-hardened quiz, what do you know about famous WWII veterans?
No one would forget the face of General Douglas MacArthur. He was a true war celebrity, always donning sunglasses and chomping on a corncob pipe. He gained infamy and loathing during his escape from the Philippines, and then returned to a hero’s welcome. George C. Scott even won an Oscar for playing him.
There were dozens of other major military men who guided U.S. war machines through the conflict. Those names included Chester Nimitz, George Patton, Henry Arnold, Jacob Devers and more. Without their hard-nosed leadership, the Allies may have never defeated the Axis.
Plenty of privates, ensigns and sergeants found fame, too. Let’s see if you can withstand the blitzkrieg of this massive WWII quiz now! How much do you really know about America’s WWII heroes?
Who was the Supreme Allied Commander for the D-Day invasion in 1944?
He was a five-star general with a reputation for discipline and ferocity. He was Dwight Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander for the D-Day invasion.
His Higgins boats were his claim to fame. The Higgins boats were used in large numbers during D-Day, depositing tens of thousands of troops on the beaches of Normandy, as the Allies attempted to take control back from Germany.
James Forrestal was a top Navy man who wanted this force to utilize which amazing weapon of the seas?
James Forrestal was a huge proponent of aircraft carriers. He pushed the U.S. to build these massive floating fortresses as centerpieces of war strategy. And his hunches about carriers turned out to be correct.
Curtis LeMay was a general who greatly impacted which part of the war?
American bombing strategies
LeMay altered bombing tactics to suit the unique characteristics of the Pacific Theater. Noting that Japanese cities used flammable material (like bamboo) for many structures, he switched to incendiary bombs that set entire blocks on fire.
George Marshall had a tremendous impact on which part of the American war effort?
Marshall was called the "organizer of victory" for his efforts in reorganizing and ramping up the U.S. military during the war. Thanks largely to his efforts, the American Army went from mediocre to powerhouse in the span of a few years.
Omar Bradley was an Army bigwig during WWII, a general who amassed major victories starting in North Africa. "Brad" took over some duties from the disgraced George Patton and continued his run of success in Europe.
After surviving numerous firefights, Pyle was killed by a sniper on the island of Iejima, during the battle of Okinawa, which occurred near the war's end. Readers everywhere mourned the loss of such a talented storyteller.
Omar Bradley's men were the first line of resistance at which famous battle?
Battle of the Atlantic
Battle of the Bulge
In December 1944, German troops launched their last major Western Front offensive. Bradley's men bore the weight of the attack and slowed it, making time for reinforcements to arrive and push back the German assault.
Which major decision did President Truman make near the end of the war?
assassination of Hitler
retreat from Europe
atomic bombing of Japan
With Japanese soldiers fighting to the death and the possibility of a bloody ground invasion of Japan on the horizon, Truman opted to drop two atomic bombs. Some historians say those attacks may have pushed Japan to finally surrender.