The (In)Famous World Military Leaders Quiz
by Staff
Many of history's most famous leaders fought their way to the top, shedding plenty of blood along the way. Take our quiz to see how much you know about the most reviled and revered leaders in military history.

What country was led by Pol Pot during the 1970s?

  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam

How many Cambodians died during Pol Pot's regime?

  • 150,000
  • 750,000
  • 1,500,000

What year did Kim Jong Il become supreme commander of the Korean People's Army?

  • 1991
  • 2001
  • 2011

True or false: North Korea has one of the best voter turnout rates in the entire world.

  • true
  • false

What country was ruled by Idi Amin during the 1970s?

  • Uganda
  • South Africa
  • Gabon

How many people died under Idi Amin's regime?

  • 30,000
  • 300,000
  • 3,000,000

What year did Ivan the Terrible become the first czar of Russia?

  • 1333
  • 1533
  • 1733

What did Ivan do to the architects who built the magnificent St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow's Red Square?

  • gave them positions in his royal court
  • gave them excellent references
  • gouged their eyes out

True or false: Bram Stoker's "Dracula" is based on a real military leader.

  • true
  • false

What was Vlad's favorite method of dealing with enemies?

  • impaling them
  • hanging them
  • shooting them

How many people died thanks to Joseph Stalin's regime?

  • 2 million
  • 20 million
  • 2 billion

Who implemented a "Great Leap Forward" in January 1958?

  • Adolf Hitler
  • Fidel Castro
  • Mao Zedong

How many Chinese people starved to death thanks to the Great Leap Forward?

  • 400,000
  • 4,000,000
  • 40,000,000

What historical military leader was known as "Flagellum Dei" or "Scourge of God"?

  • Genghis Khan
  • Attila the Hun
  • Hannibal Barca

True or false: Attila the Hun murdered his own brother to gain control of the empire.

  • true
  • false

What country did Saddam Hussein rule?

  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Kuwait

What year did Fidel Castro become leader of Cuba?

  • 1959
  • 1969
  • 1979

True or false: U.S. forces repeatedly tried to assassinate Castro.

  • true
  • false

What country was ruled by Juan Peron during the mid-20th century?

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Venezuela

True or false: Peron welcomed Nazi war criminals to Argentina after World War II.

  • true
  • false

What military leader was born Temujin?

  • Adolf Hitler
  • Hannibal Barca
  • Genghis Khan

How many men living today are direct descendants of Genghis Khan?

  • 1 in 200
  • 1 in 2,000
  • 1 in 200,000

What year did Hitler become chancellor of Germany?

  • 1923
  • 1933
  • 1943

How many people died as a result of the Holocaust?

  • 4 million
  • 8 million
  • 11 million

True or false: Two-thirds of Europe's Jewish population died during the Holocaust.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Mexican fighter Pancho Villa signed contracts with Hollywood studios to have his battles filmed.

  • true
  • false

What did military warrior Hannibal famously take across the Alps during the 3rd century B.C.E.?

  • tigers
  • elephants
  • 10 tons of gold

Who killed thousands of African children as part of his work in the Lord's Resistance Army?

  • Pancho Villa
  • Genghis Khan
  • Joseph Kony

How many people died during Ho Chi Minh's attempt at consolidating power in Vietnam?

  • 50,000
  • 500,000
  • 5,000,000

True or false: Mussolini sent Jewish citizens in Italy to German concentration camps.

  • true
  • false