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?
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?
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?
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
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?
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)?
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?
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?
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
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?
In the Battle of the St. Lawrence, Canadian warships and civilian shipping were attacked by what?
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…
How many U.S. battleships were sunk when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor?
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?
Operation Torch was the first time U.S troops landed in contested territory. Where did they land?
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