Quiz: The Major Battles Throughout History Quiz
The Major Battles Throughout History Quiz
By: Olivia Cantor
Image: Shizuo Fukui via Wikimedia Commons

About This Quiz

The history of the human race is always moving forward. Sometimes, though, conflict gets in the way of things, and things stall a bit. This is what happens when countries encounter battles, and nations encounter wars. 

Why do such battles and wars happen? If we look at the earliest recorded history, we can see several obvious reasons for such moves: expansion being one. Smaller nations that are already affluent find themselves embarking on expeditions that aim to claim uncharted territories in unknown places. Whenever they encounter resistance from indigenous peoples occupying the land, though, this is where expansion turns into invasions, thereby forming small battles and even large-scale wars.

Many major battles throughout history have also been turning points in human development as well. And whether we like it or not, these events actually still influence and even continue to shape humankind in the present time and day. 

So, do you think you can identify some of these battles, or even some of the crucial details and information involving famous battles of history? Open this quiz and take a look!

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We remember this battle not because of the battle itself, but because of the 26 miles that the messenger had to run to Athens to deliver the good news. What battle was this?
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In 1532, Francisco Pizarro defeated the Incan empire in the Battle of Cajamarca. Which country did Pizarro fight for?
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In what would be known as the Surrender at Yorktown in 1781, an American general became famous for defeating the British. Who was this pioneering general?
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What was the big homecourt advantage that the Russians had during the Siege of Stalingrad in 1942?
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This was the largest combined attack on the Western front of World War II in 1944. Where did this massive battle happen?
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The Battle of Leipzig in 1813 was the final battle in a war that was named for this overachiever. What was the name of the war?
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The Battle of Zama in 202 B.C. was the downfall of this famous leader of Carthage. Who was this leader who loved using elephants in battle?
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While not many people may have heard of the battle of Pharsalus in 48 B.C., it was a key battle in the rise of this Roman general’s power and influence. Who was this Roman general?
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Admiral Horatio Nelson was able to repel both the French and Spanish navies during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Under which country’s flag did he fight for?
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The Battle of Hastings marks the last time this successfully happened in England. What was this situation?
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The Battle of New Orleans in 1815 was a stroke of good luck, as a general became a president because of it. Who was this fortunate man?
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In 1099, the First Crusade laid siege to this historical Biblical city, and they eventually took control of it. What was the name of this city?
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This attack on American soil in 1941 sealed the deal for the U.S. to participate in World War II. Where did it happen?
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The Battle of Solferino in 1859 so horrified a Swiss businessman, Jean-Henri Dunant, that he founded a medical organization and established the Geneva Convention. What was the name of the medical organization?
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This warrior saint was the reason why the French won the Siege of Orleans in 1429. Who was this teenage leader?
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In 1815, the great Napoleon Bonaparte suffered his ultimate defeat, and was forced to abdicate for the second time. Where did this battle happen?
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This famous place in Pennsylvania is where generals Meade and Lee had their fateful battle during the Civil War in July 3, 1863. What was this place?
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The battle of Agincourt in 1415 was a disaster for the heavily armored French troops. What prevented them from being effective on the battlefield?
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The battle fought at Antietam creek in 1862 was a pivotal point for which major conflict?
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This battle in 1940 was fought by the air forces of two nations, and it was about defending cities from night-time bombings. What was it known as?
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The Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775 would not be complete without mentioning this man and his midnight ride. Who was this hero?
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The Battle of Naseby in 1645 was a terrible defeat for Charles I of England, as he lost most of his experienced soldiers and his artillery units against an army led in part by this man. Who was he?
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The Tet Offensive was the pivotal point of the war that was waged in this country. What country is this?
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What great European seagoing and trading force was defeated in the Battle of Gravelines in 1588?
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Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett lost their lives in this battle in 1836. Where did it happen?
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This empire failed in its attempt to take over Vienna by siege in 1529. What was this empire?
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This 1945 island battle became famous, thanks to a photo of the American flag being raised by soldiers. What was the name of the island?
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Spain was able to take over this large country in 1521. What was the name of this country?
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The Battle of Guadalcanal was the first time this country went on the offensive during World War II. What was the name of this “young” country?
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The Battle of Okinawa in 1945 was the last in a series of ground battles between American and Japanese forces during World War II. What did the Okinawans do to avoid capture?
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This battle between American and Japanese forces in the Pacific war started on June 4, 1942. What was the fitting name of the place where this battle happened?
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The Battle of Huai-Hai in 1948 was between the Nationalist Party of Kuomintang and which other political organization in China?
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The Battle of Tsushima Strait in 1905 was about how to divide these two countries between Russia and Japan. Manchuria was one, but what was the other?
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The Fall of Constantinople in 1453 was also the fall of this historical empire. What was its name?
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Charles “The Hammer” Martel held his ground in Tours, France in 732 against a large invasion force. If he had failed, what would have been the dominant religion in Europe?
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