Quiz: How Much Do You Know About These Military Disasters?
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How Much Do You Know About These Military Disasters?
By: Bambi Turner
Image: Photograph by Robert Larson/Moment/Getty Images

About This Quiz

Do you remember which President launched the Bay of Pigs Invasion, or which Commander in Chief shouldered the blame for the failed Operation Eagle Claw? Do you know when the Battle of Trenton took place, or which country Napoleon was trying to invade when he suffered a major 19th-century loss? Take our quiz to prove your military disaster IQ!

Throughout history, military organizations have been used to protect countries and their people, enforce borders and laws, and quash conflicts between groups with conflicting beliefs or agendas. Yet, as with every type of organization or undertaking, there are plenty of times when things take a wrong turn. When it comes to military disasters, this can mean an extensive loss of lives, both military and civilian, as well as the destruction of cities, property and million-dollar machinery. 

Of course, how you define a military disaster depends on which side you're on. Because history is always written by the victors, what one side considers a disaster may be seen as a source of celebration by those on the other side. With the perspective of time, however, massive casualties of any kind can often be described as disastrous, no matter where your loyalties may lie.

Think you remember the details of some of the biggest disasters and defeats in military history? Take our quiz to find out!

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Which U.S. President ultimately took the blame for Operation Eagle Claw, a failed attempt to rescue hostages in Iran?
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The Six-Day War was a disaster for a joint coalition of Egypt, Jordan and Syria as they battled against which nation?
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The Bay of Pigs Invasion was a failed attempt by CIA-funded forces to invade which island nation?
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The Battle of Dien Bien Phu spelled the end for French colonial rule in this country.
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The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, this country invaded the Philippines.
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Germany suffered a major loss at the Battle of Stalingrad in which country?
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The Battle of Annual took place in this African nation.
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The Gallipoli Campaign took place during which major War?
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The 1915 Siege of Kut took place near this modern city.
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This British Royal Navy vessel collided with the HMS Camperdown near Lebanon in 1893.
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The Battle of Midway took place in 1942 during this War.
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The Battle of Little Bighorn is also known as the last stand of which general?
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French forces led by this General were defeated handily at the Battle of Waterloo.
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What year was the Battle of Saratoga fought between British and American forces in New York?
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Operation Typhoon was the name given to the attempted German takeover of this city.
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The 1683 Battle of Vienna is remembered for which type of attack?
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Which country did the Battle of Warsaw take place in?
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The Battle of the Yellow Ford took place in Ulster. Which country is it?
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Which Battle took place right after Washington famously crossed the Delaware?
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The infamous Battle of San Jacinto took place as this U.S. state fought for independence from Mexico.
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Napoleon took half a million troops on a disastrous invasion attempt of this country in 1812.
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The Spanish Armada disaster took place when Spain attempted to invade this nation.
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The U.S. Invasion of Canada in the 19th century was part of this war.
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What country fought a war against itself at the Battle of Karansebes?
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Scottish troops lost the Battle of Solway Moss in 1542 when they tried to march through what?
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Which group failed to takeover Malta in the Great Siege of 1565?
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Where did the 1905 Battle of Tsushima take place?
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The Battle of Adwa was a skirmish between Ethiopia and this European nation.
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The Siege of Gibraltar was a failed attempt by France and Spain to capture control of Gibraltar from this nation.
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The Battle of Flodden Field was fought in 1513 between England and this nation.
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How was the 1571 Battle of Lepanto primarily fought?
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The Spanish decimated this group at the Battle of Cajamarca in 1532.
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La Noche Triste describes the battle when the Spanish were driven out of Tenochtitlan during this year.
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Which future U.S. President led the Americans to victory against the Brits at the Battle of New Orleans?
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Which state is home to Antietam, sometimes known as Sharpsburg?
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