Quiz: The World War II Quiz
The World War II Quiz
By: Staff
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About This Quiz

It was the war that saw the greatest generation defend freedom for generations to follow. It was the war that galvanized the legacies of iconic leaders such as Churchill, FDR and Patton. Involving more than 16 million U.S. troops, World War II included around 70 million soldiers across Europe and the Pacific. It was a time marked with heroism and tragedy.

We all know the major events. The invasions of Poland and Paris, the bombings of Great Britain and Pearl Harbor ("a date which will live in infamy") together with conflicts such as D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge are depicted in countless films, miniseries and books. Every year, tourists flock to historic sites and monuments to remember those who served. But these were not actors on movie sets; these were real people who joined together, sacrificed and are remembered today as heroes.

Whether you're a history professor or just an amateur enthusiast, if you consider yourself a World War II buff, be sure to test your WWII IQ against our quiz.
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The nations involved in the war formed two opposing alliances. What were they called?
2 of 30
How many years did World War II last?
3 of 30
Who was the U.S. president when Pearl Harbor was attacked?
4 of 30
During the conflict, were there more civilian or battle-related deaths?
5 of 30
Some historians believe what contributing factor helped set the stage for World War II?
6 of 30
In what year did Germany invade Poland?
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Adolf Hitler predicted the war in his memoir published in 1925. What was it called?
8 of 30
Which came first V-E Day (victory in Europe) or V-J Day (victory in Japan)?
9 of 30
Two nuclear bombs were dropped on Japan in 1945, bringing about the surrender of Japanese forces and the end of the war in the Pacific theater. In which two Japanese cities were they detonated?
10 of 30
The bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy motivated the U.S. to enter the war. On what date was Pearl Harbor attacked?
11 of 30
How many different countries were involved in the conflict?
12 of 30
The D-Day invasion the Allies orchestrated to retake Europe from the German Third Reich was launched at what location?
13 of 30
About how many battle-wounded people were there worldwide during the course of World War II?
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The D-Day invasion, code-named Operation Overlord, was considered a major turning point in favor of the Allies. On what date did it occur?
15 of 30
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, how long did it take Congress to approve President Roosevelt's request to declare war on Japan?
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British engineer Robert Watson-Watt's radio-wave device was designed to be a weapon, but it actually became what kind of technology?
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There are currently five branches of the U.S. armed services: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy. Which branch was part of the Army until after World War II?
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Japan and the Soviet Union were on opposite sides of the World War II conflict. In what year did they sign a peace treaty?
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The use of secret, unbreakable codes was a behind-the-scenes strategy employed in wartime. One code language used by the U.S. Marines was borrowed from what Native American people?
20 of 30
What treat was invented during the war to compensate for chocolate shortages?
21 of 30
Who first used the phrase "the war to end all wars"?
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Of the eight battleships damaged or destroyed during the Pearl Harbor attack, how many were eventually repaired and placed into service?
23 of 30
During the war, the British referred to Germans by what common nickname?
24 of 30
How many domestic automobiles were produced in the U.S. after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (between February 1942 and October 1945)?
25 of 30
Before Japan's surrender, there were plans for possibly launching a third atomic bomb. Which city was targeted for this final assault?
26 of 30
What was a "Liberty Steak"?
27 of 30
Did any of Hitler's relatives fight for the Allies?
28 of 30
Enola Gay was the name of the B-29 bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb over the port city of Hiroshima, Japan. What was the name of the aircraft that dropped the second bomb over Nagasaki?
29 of 30
Kamikaze pilots were dreaded Japanese weapons during the war. About how many kamikaze pilots intentionally crashed their planes into enemy targets during the conflict?
30 of 30
World War II was a devastating conflict, but it did lead to the creation of an effective international organization devoted to worldwide peace and security. What is it?
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