Is it World War I or World War II?

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The World Wars were massive international conflicts that shook the world, but how well do you know them? Put your historic war knowledge to the test with this HowStuffWorks quiz!

Which world war started in 1914?

World War I began in 1914 and lasted for four years. It ended in November of 1918.

In which war were the Nazis involved?

The Nazi party was created as a consequence of World War I. They did not attempt to conquer the world until World War II.

Did World War I or World War II end in 1945?

World War II was fought from 1939 to 1945. It ended when the Soviet Union and Western Allies took Germany.

Adolf Hitler committed suicide during which war?

After a series of German losses, it became clear that they had lost the war. Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945. Germany surrendeered soon after.

America joined which war in 1917?

America joined World War I near the end, in 1917. This happened after a German submarine sank a British passenger ship carrying US citizens.

The United States imprisoned over 100,000 Japanese-American citizens during which war?

Due to widespread panic after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States government imprisoned over 100,000 Japanese Americans. Roughly two-thirds of these people were American citizens, and most of them had done nothing other than be Japanese.

During which war were concentration camps built?

During World War II, the Nazis built concentration camps where millions of Romani, Jews, mentally ill people, LBGTQ individuals, Slavs, political dissenters, and others were murdered. It is estimated that between 10-20 million people were murdered by Nazis.

In which war was Japan the last to surrender?

Of the Axis powers, Italy fell first and surrendered in September of 1943. Germany surrendered in May of 1945. Japan did not surrender until September of 1945.

Which war is also known as The War of Nations?

World War I is known by numerous names. At the time it was also called The War To End All Wars.

_____ is also known as the Great War.

World War I has several names. It is often called the First World War and was referred to as the Great War since it ended.

Which war began when Germany invaded Poland?

World War II began in 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. In response, Great Britain and France declared war on Germany.

Which war was triggered by the actions of Serbian terrorist group the Black Hand?

World War I was sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife by terrorist group the Black Hand. The shooter that killed them was a Bosnian revolutionary named Gavrilo Princip.

The Allied powers fought the Axis powers in which war?

In World War II the Allied powers chiefly consisted of Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, America and China. The major Axis powers were Germany, Japan, and Italy.

President Franklin Roosevelt died during which war?

Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945. Less than a month later Germany surrendered to the Allies after Adolf Hilter's suicide.

Japan invaded China during which war?

World War II began in 1939. Two years before the war had even started Japan invaded China.

Which war had battles in both Europe and Southeast Asia?

World War II ravaged Europe but was also fought across Pacific Asia. Japan attacked America when it bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and also did horrible damage across Asia.

During which war did Germany use blitzkrieg tactics?

During the summer of 1940, Germany made use of quick strikes to take over the majority of Western Europe. They used Blitzkrieg, which means "lightning war."

The U.S. fought for less than a year in which war?

The U.S. joined World War I at the tail end. U.S. troops spent less than eight months in combat.

Four empires collapsed due to _________.

World War I ended in severe destruction, with the four main powers involved totally decimated. These were the Russian, Ottoman, German and Austro-Hungarian empires.

Which world war is known for trench warfare?

World War I was infamous for its deathly trenches, where countless soldiers died. Some even elected to permanently harm themselves rather than be sent to war.

Which war started with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand?

The death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, caused the country to declare war on Serbia. This started a chain reaction which resulted in World War I.

Winston Churchill was the prime minister of Great Britain during _________.

Winston Churchill is one of the most revered world leaders of the 20th century. He is famous for leading Great Britain against Germany with complete dedication.

In which war did the Allied powers fight the Central powers?

The main Central powers of World War I consisted of Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany and the Ottoman Empire. The Allied powers included Britain, Russia, France, Italy and the United States.

Germany, Italy, and Japan formed an alliance during which war?

In 1940, Germany, Italy and Japan signed the Tripartite Pact. This created the Axis Alliance.

Roughly 15 million people died in _________.

World War I was the largest and most severe conflict in human history up to that point. Between 1914-1918 over 15 million people died.

The famous "Battle of the Bulge" occurred during ________.

On December 16, 1944, the Germans launched a massive attack in the Battle of the Bulge. This was a decisive victory for the Allies.

Which war did German citizens outright protest?

At the end of World War I, the British navy had blocked German ports, which led to the German economy collapsing and thousands of people starving. German citizens mobilized to protest the war.

The Treaty of Versailles ended which war?

In 1919 the Treaty of Versailles ended World War I. It blamed the entire war on Germany and demanded that it make reparations to Allied countries, lose territory, surrender colonies and limit the size of its military.

Chemical weapons were used for the first time during which war?

The Germans invented mustard gas, a deadly and poisonous gas used as a weapon. The British began creating their own chemical weapons to retaliate.

Innovations in weapons and technology had a profound affect on which war?

Nazi Germany pioneered all sorts of innovations in computing and rocketry during World War II. The United States created the atom bomb, which decimated Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Nuclear weapons were used during which war?

In the history of mankind, nuclear weapons have only been used once during warfare. In 1945, The United States dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan.

During which war was France occupied by Germany?

France was occupied by Germany during both world wars. The country was also occupied by Italy during World War II.

_________ had a number of complex causes.

While World War II was caused largely by Nazi aggression, World War I was the culmination of a number of factors. Countries had formed a tangled web of alliances, which dragged them into the war on opposing sides after Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. Countries were also hungry to make use of the weapons and military forces they had been cultivating and either rebuild or begin empires.

The League of Nations was created at the end of which war?

The Treaty of Versailles created the League of Nations, which was an international attempt to prevent future wars. It was not successful.

21 million soldiers were injured over the course of which war?

Over the course of World War I, 21 million soldiers were injured. 8 million died.

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