“If they do not now accept our terms they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this Earth.” And yet, even after the sky fell and the ground erupted in a mushroom-shaped cloud of unimaginable proportions, the blood continued to gush in the Pacific – but only for a few days longer. How much do you really think you know about the events that started and ended the world’s most famous wars?
As long as people have walked the planet, they’ve fought wars for territory, pride, wealth and survival. Sometimes, gigantic wars begin from small actions that snowball into political crises. In other instances, wars seem destined to start years before the bullets start flying, the result of escalating insults and slights. Do you know the triggers that set of humanity’s most gruesome fights?
In some wars, it seems that wholesale killing is the only way to bring an end to the conflict. Other times, diplomats navigate the rocky terrain of violence and create treaties that stop the bombs and shells. Do you know which wars ended with paperwork … or surrender?
In the end, all wars finally drag to a halt, either due to attrition or leaders who finally find common ground with their enemies. In other instances, entire nations are simply forced to lay down their arms, or else. Take up the fight in our battle-tested quiz and see what you really know about the instances that started – and stopped – our greatest wars.
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