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Test Your Knowledge: Allied Forces WWII
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Almost every country on planet Earth took part in WWII, which killed perhaps 70 million people. How much do you know about the Allied forces that fought back against Axis aggression?

The initial coalition at the beginning of WWII did NOT include which country?

  • Italy
  • France
  • Great Britain

About how many soldiers did Poland mobilize to stop the German advance during the early war?

  • 1 million
  • 600,000
  • 400,000

In total, how many people served in the armed forces of Allied and Axis countries?

  • 70 million
  • 20 million
  • 16 million

In 1942, which countries were considered "The Big Three" of the Allied forces?

  • U.S., U.S.S.R. and France
  • U.S., U.S.S.R. and U.K.
  • England, France and U.S.S.R.

Once they began attacking the Belgians, how long did it take the Nazis to take Belgium, a key Allied nation?

  • 4 days
  • 18 days
  • Three weeks

By the end of WWII, about how many nations had aligned themselves with the Allies?

  • 20
  • 40
  • 50

Which Allied country had what was thought to be the most potent army in Europe?

  • Poland
  • France
  • Spain

How many armored divisions did the Allies have at the beginning of the war?

  • None
  • 10
  • 20

The Allies sent how many naval vessels as part of the D-Day assault on June 6, 1944?

  • 1,000
  • 6,000
  • 12,000

In 1939, which two Allied countries were the first to mobilize when they realized that Germany was hellbent on war?

  • France and Czechoslovakia
  • France and Britain
  • France and Poland

Which Allied countries fought Japan in the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first-ever battle featuring aircraft carriers on both sides?

  • France and U.S.
  • Australia and Britain
  • U.S. and Australia

In comparison to Germany, how many planes did the Allies have when war broke out?

  • They had fewer planes
  • They had more planes.
  • They had about the same number of planes

Of France's roughly 500 bombers in 1939, how many of them were outdated?

  • All of them
  • About half
  • 200 or so

Which Allied countries fought the Nazis in the Third Battle of Kharkov, in 1943?

  • China and U.K.
  • China and U.S.S.R.
  • U.S.S.R.

The evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk saved about how many soldiers?

  • Nearly 350,000
  • Nearly 100,000
  • Nearly 50,000

Which Allied country was among the first to fall and then became a garrison for 300,000 Nazis for the duration of the war?

  • Norway
  • Finland
  • France

How many Allied soldiers did Japan take prisoner after the Battle of Singapore in 1942?

  • 50,000
  • 130,000
  • 200,000

Which Allied country did NOT contribute significant numbers of soldiers to the Guadalcanal Campaign, which helped to turn the tide of the Pacific War?

  • Australia
  • Tonga
  • Poland

How many U.S. troops served in WWII?

  • more than 2 million
  • more than 5 million
  • more than 16 million

How many U.S. troops died in combat?

  • nearly 500,000
  • nearly 300,000
  • nearly 200,000

How many U.S.S.R. troops died in combat during the course of the war?

  • About 3.6 million
  • About 7.5 million
  • About 8.9 million

Which Allied air forces took part in the Battle of Britain?

  • U.K.
  • U.K. and Canada
  • U.S. and U.K.

Which Allied country sent five airmen to train in the U.S. and fight against the Axis powers?

  • Haiti
  • Cuba
  • Costa Rica

For how long did Yugoslavia resist the German onslaught after joining with the Allies?

  • about two days
  • about two weeks
  • a month

Which Allied country was charged with taking the Juno sector of the beach during the D-Day landings?

  • United States
  • Canada
  • France

Forces from the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, New Zealand and Australia fought the Japanese in a bloody, 82-day conflict called what?

  • Battle of Midway
  • Battle of Tarawa
  • Battle of Okinawa

Why did Mexico join the Allied forces and declare war on Germany in 1942?

  • The Germans declared war on Mexico.
  • Nazis nearly assassinated the Mexican president.
  • Nazi submarines attacked Mexican oil tankers.

How many Allied countries formalized their relationship in the "Declaration by United Nations" on Jan. 1, 1942?

  • 12
  • 19
  • 26

How many Allied countries participated in the naval assault on D-Day?

  • 12
  • eight
  • five

After the war, what group of nations allied to stabilize their regions and maintain peace?

  • Four Policemen
  • NATO
  • United Nations