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The Battles of World War II Quiz
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From the invasion of Poland to the island campaigns in the Pacific, victory in World War II was won a single battle at a time. Test your knowledge about the battles that changed the world with this Battles of World War II quiz.

At what battle were Allied troops in France almost destroyed before more than 300,000 of them were successfully evacuated to Britain?

  • the Battle of Monte Cassino
  • the Battle of Dunkirk
  • the Battle of Naples

What Alaskan town, later made famous by a TV show about crab fishing, was attacked by Japanese planes in June of 1942?

  • Sitka
  • Kodiak
  • Dutch Harbor

Operation Compass, in 1940 and 1941, was a series of battles in which British forces gained large amounts of territory in North Africa. Who were they fighting against?

  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Spain

The Battle of the Netherlands in 1940 was notable for what battlefield innovation?

  • The use of paratroopers in a large-scale assault.
  • The first amphibious assault using tanks.
  • The first use of mobile artillery as anti-tank weapons.

What was the codename for the Allied invasion of Normandy?

  • Operation Valhalla
  • Operation Asgard
  • Operation Overlord

What Pacific naval battle is considered the turning point in the Pacific war and one of the most significant naval battles in history?

  • the Battle of Bikini Atoll
  • the Battle of Oahu
  • the Battle of Midway

On August 18, 1940, British and German planes battled in the skies over England, resulting in the greatest single day losses for both air forces. How do the British refer to this one-day air battle?

  • the Day We Fought
  • Black Sunday
  • the Hardest Day

The Hardest Day was part of the Battle of Britain, Germany's attempt to destroy the Royal Air Force ahead of a planned air and amphibious invasion that never happened. What was the code name of this planned invasion?

  • Case Red
  • Operation Sea Lion
  • the Black Orchestra

The invasion of what northern French port by the Allies was an utter failure (although the lessons learned helped improve planning for the later Normandy landings)?

  • Calais
  • Dieppe
  • Azincourt

Plans for the Dieppe Raid were seemingly transmitted in plain sight to the Germans using what?

  • a crossword puzzle in "The Daily Telegraph" newspaper
  • a German spy broadcasting from a radio in a London church steeple
  • large letters written on the Dover countryside, only visible from the air

The Battle of Kursk, in which the Soviets repelled a massive German attack, is also notable for what reason?

  • It was the largest tank battle ever.
  • The winning side suffered more casualties than the winners of any previous battle.
  • It was the first use of the Blitzkrieg strategy.

What Egyptian city was the site of two important battles for control over North Africa?

  • Marsa Matruh
  • El Alamein
  • Rosetta

What island nation (at the time a British colony) was a crucial waypoint for the Allies in the Mediterranean and resisted intense German and Italian bombing, with the nation's entire populace eventually receiving the first ever collective George Cross for their bravery?

  • Malta
  • Sicily
  • Corsica

The 1977 film "A Bridge Too Far" is about the failed Allied invasion of the Netherlands, which required paratroopers to capture numerous bridges. The invasion plan was called…

  • Operation Market Garden
  • Operation Windmill
  • Operation Sequoia

At what battle did the German battleship Bismarck fight and sink the British battlecruiser HMS Hood?

  • the Battle of the Shetland Islands
  • the Battle of the Denmark Strait
  • the Battle of the English Channel

The German siege of what Russian city resulted in the deaths of more than 1.5 million people due to starvation, extreme cold and artillery bombardment?

  • Leningrad
  • Moscow
  • Volgograd

In the Battle of the St. Lawrence, Canadian warships and civilian shipping were attacked by what?

  • German saboteurs
  • Japanese submarines
  • German U-boats

What battle involved U.S. Marines taking islands such as Tulagi, Florida, Gavutu, Tanambogo and Salvo Island?

  • the Battle of the Barents Sea
  • the Battle of Guadalcanal
  • the Battle of Milawa

A famous photo taken at the Battle of Iwo Jima depicts a squad of U.S. Marines doing what?

  • standing their ground in front of an advancing column of Japanese tanks
  • raising an American flag on Mount Suribachi
  • trudging through the surf onto a heavily contested beach

The last German city to fall was…

  • Dresden
  • Hamburg
  • Berlin

How many U.S. battleships were sunk when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor?

  • 2
  • 8
  • 4

The prisoners captured at which battle in the Philippines were forced to undertake a notorious death march named for the battle?

  • the Battle of Davao City
  • the Battle of Manila
  • the Battle of Bataan

What Eastern Front battle was marked by intense city fighting between Germans and Russians and might be the largest single battle ever fought?

  • the Battle of Vladivostok
  • the Battle of Yekaterinburg
  • the Battle of Stalingrad

After what battle did Gen. Douglas MacArthur famously declare, "I came through and I shall return?"

  • the Battle of Maastricht
  • the Battle of Corregidor
  • the Battle of Anzio

At what battle did U.S. troops make a landing south of Rome, only to endure weeks of artillery bombardment?

  • the Battle of Rostov
  • the Battle of Clervaux
  • the Battle of Anzio

In what part of the war was the Battle of Hel fought?

  • the Allied advance into Germany
  • the Winter War
  • the Nazi invasion of Poland

The battle to protect troop movements and materials shipments from the U.S. to Europe from German U-boats and surface attacks was called…

  • the Battle of the Atlantic
  • the Battle of the North Sea
  • the Battle of Liberty

Who won the Battle of Moscow?

  • China
  • Russia
  • Germany

Operation Torch was the first time U.S troops landed in contested territory. Where did they land?

  • western France
  • North Africa
  • Crimea

What was "the bulge" in the Battle of the Bulge?

  • a projection of the German lines into Allied territory when the Nazis counterattacked during the Allied invasion of Germany
  • the Bulgè region of France
  • a period during the Nazi invasion of France in which the speed of the advance left gaps in the German lines of supply