During which war was this battle fought?


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History is littered with major battles that had life-altering consequences for countless people. From Trenton to Normandy, can you match the right war to these major battles?

When did the epic Battle of Gettysburg happen?

In early July 1863, the Union and Confederate armies clashed near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Roughly 50,000 casualties resulted, but the Union won out, and the battle became a major turning point of the war.


The Battle of France is often called the Fall of France, and it took place during which depressing war?

In May 1940, the Nazis seemed unstoppable. They steamrolled across Europe and then seized Paris. The Allies were despondent as one of their strongholds fell to the evil Hitler.


The First and Second Battles of the Marne happened during which world war?

Both Battles of the Marne happened during World War I. The Allies won both of these battles, but at a high price. They suffered hundreds of thousands of casualties in the process.


The attack on Pearl Harbor resulted in America's entry into which war?

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Their attack was mostly a success, but they failed to cripple the U.S. carriers, a fact that would come back to haunt the Japanese in World War II.


The invasion of Normandy was a history-changing battle of which war?

On June 6, 1944, the Allies launched the invasion of Normandy. The goal? To retake the European continent from the Third Reich. Fortunately, they succeeded in their highly-anticipated mission.


The Battle of the Little Bighorn ended in a surprising victory for one army during which war?

During the Great Sioux War of 1876, Native Americans banded together to take on the U.S. military … and they won. They virtually annihilated George Custer's units during the infamous Custer's Last Stand.


The Battle of the Bulge happened during which major war?

In late 1944, the desperate Nazis launched a surprise offensive that pushed back the Allies, creating a "bulge" in the front lines. American troops held the line, but only with immense suffering and huge numbers of casualties.


The Battle for Mexico City happened when?

In 1847, the U.S. was near victory in the Mexican-American War, but there remained one final objective -- Mexico City. U.S. Gen. Winfield Scott orchestrated an attack that felled the city and then ended the war.


When did the vicious air combat of the Battle of Britain take place?

In July of 1940, Hitler sent his Luftwaffe to strike Britain. But Winston Churchill and his English hordes were resolute in the defense of their island. By October, the Nazi air force had been severely depleted by Allied air strategies.


The Battles of Lexington and Concord heralded the beginning of which world-changing war?

On April 19, 1775, human history took a very sharp turn, as New World colonists started a shooting war with Britain. Only a few dozen soldiers died, but the Revolution was officially on.


During which war did the Battle of Bunker Hill take place?

During the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill, American colonists took on the British near Boston. The British won, but they lost far too many men, a fact that emboldened the rebels for future clashes.


The Tet Offensive was a scary turn of events during which quagmire of a war?

In January 1968, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive, a huge surprise attack meant to push back the South Vietnamese and their American allies. The offensive dramatically shifted American public opinion regarding the war and pressured politicians to seek peace.


During which war was the Battle of Antietam fought?

The Battle of Antietam was a Civil War clash fought on September 17, 1862. It is still the bloodiest day in American military history, with nearly 23,000 men killed, wounded or missing.


The huge naval Battle of Midway transpired during which conflict?

In June of 1942, the Japanese struck the tiny atoll of Midway, but the Americans were ready. They sent the Japanese navy packing, and the Empire of the Rising Sun never really recovered.


The terribly bloody Battle of the Somme happened during which massive war?

On July 1, 1916, during World War I, the Allies launched a major offensive against the Germans. On just that one day, nearly 20,000 Allies lost their lives as they charged well-defended German lines.


When did the horrors of the Battle of Stalingrad take place?

During World War II, Hitler wanted the Soviet city of Stalingrad, in part to humiliate Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Stalin refused to budge. The result? Perhaps two million casualties and suffering on an unimaginable scale.


When did the Battle of Khe Sanh take place?

For five awful months in 1968, American and South Vietnamese troops took fire from every direction at the Battle of Khe Sanh. The result was indecisive, but there was no question that both sides incurred substantial casualties.


The disastrous Operation Market Garden was a battle that happened during which massive clash?

In September 1944, the Allies sent 40,000 paratroopers at the Germans but failed to secure the area due to ferocious resistance. Days later, the operation was declared a failure, to the tune of perhaps 17,000 casualties.


The Battle of Cowpens was a turning point in which war?

In the winter of 1781, American colonists defeated the British at the Battle of Cowpens. The rebel victory greatly impacted the ability of the British to conduct operations in South Carolina.


The Battle of Kursk is known as one of the biggest tank battles in the history of humankind. When did it take place?

In the summer of 1943, the Nazis and Soviets clashed on the Eastern Front, with a total of roughly 10,000 tanks exchanging fire. The Soviets achieved a major strategic victory and helped to thwart future German operations.


The awful-sounding Battle of Hamburger Hill took place during which prolonged war?

In May of 1969, American and South Vietnamese troops were ordered to assault a North Vietnamese stronghold, no matter the cost. They went straight up a steep hill and, after being repelled for days, finally managed to accomplish their objective.


Brimming with atrocities and horror, the Battle of Okinawa happened during which large-scale conflict?

In April 1945, the Americans were on the offensive on the island of Okinawa, but the Japanese chose to fight to the death. More than 20,000 American (and more than 80,000 Japanese) troops died during the nearly three-month-long battle.


It was one of the bloodiest days in American history. When did the Battle of Chancellorsville happen?

Fought in the spring of 1863, the Battle of Chancellorsville was a sprawling battle between the North and the South. Roughly 200,000 fought, and it became known as the second-deadliest battle of the whole Civil War.


The Battle of Manila Bay was a naval clash during which war?

In 1898, at the Battle of Manila Bay, the Spanish-American War exploded in a major naval fight. The Americans won, a fact that helped to end Spanish domination in the Philippines.


When did the incredibly lengthy (and deadly) Battle of Verdun occur?

The Battle of Verdun (of World War I) featured the French against the Germans, and it lasted for more than nine gut-wrenching months. Both sides dug in their trenches and refused to budge.


The Battle of New Orleans was a decisive American victory during which war?

A large British fleet attempted to seize New Orleans during the War of 1812, but Andrew Jackson and his men drove them back. Little did they know, the war was already over, but the news hadn't yet reached them.


The grotesque Siege of Vicksburg occurred during which sad affair?

In May of 1863, the Union Army surrounded Vicksburg, Mississippi, and laid siege to the city. There were thousands of military casualties, but the civilians suffered, too, and when they ran out of food they resorted to eating rats and shoe leather.


The Battle of Austerlitz was a consequential battle that transpired during which war?

In 1805, during the Napoleonic Wars, Napoleon's forces gained one of their biggest victories at the Battle of Austerlitz. His men took very few casualties but inflicted many and helped cement Napoleon's reputation as a military mastermind.


When did the carnage of the Battle of Shiloh take place?

In 1862, the Union and Confederate armies met in Tennessee for what turned out to be the third-bloodiest battle of the Civil War. The Union won but also took more than 13,000 casualties.


The Battle of Leyte Gulf was the biggest naval battle of which war?

In October of 1944, America and Japan fought at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, which some historians regard as the largest naval battle in human history. Nearly 400 ships took part in the battle, which was a rousing American victory.


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