How Much Do You Know About D-Day?

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By: Annette

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About This Quiz

It's perhaps one of the most important days in military history. Writers, filmmakers, historians and even poets have written about it, studied it and captured it on film. So why does it capture our imaginations? Because of the brave men who risked - and lost - their lives that fateful day. Let's test your knowledge of this incredible moment in history.

D-Day was the largest _____ invasion in history.

Our troops came in from the sea to invade the Normandy coast. It was the largest amphibious attack of its kind in history.

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The SAS (Special Air Service) cleverly parachuted what to trick the Germans?

They masterminded a plan to parachute dummies, so as to trick the Germans about where they were going to attack. Very smart.

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Who was the future president that commanded the attack?

General Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded the attack in Normandy as an assault on the German troops that were stationed there.

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The D-Day invasion was postponed for one day, due to what?

Bad weather postponed the original June 5, 1944, attack date.

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What was Hitler doing when the Allies struck?

Hitler was sleeping, and no one dared to wake him. Serious mistake.

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Securing the French beaches would offer the Allies what specific advantage against the Germans?

The Soviet Union had an opening in the east, but the French coast would provide a second front for the Allies.

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The majority of the Allied troops that day were from which countries?

The majority of the troops were from these three countries, but there were also men from Australia, Belgium, Czechoslavakia, the Netherlands, France, Greece, New Zealand, Norway and Poland.

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D-Day resulted in what?

Having secured the coast by day's end, the Allies were set to enter into France, to oust the Nazis from their occupation of the country.

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What did soldiers use to keep the ends of their rifles dry?

Condoms were issued to soldiers, and they provided an effective barrier from the moisture.

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What was the name of the prefabricated​ harbors that troops used?

These helped to supply the beachhead with equipment. They were carried across the channel toward France.

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What were the German fortifications along the French coast known as?

The Atlantic Wall was the name for the German fortifications. However, these were incomplete and ineffective.

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Which beach had the most casualties?

Omaha beach had the most casualties, at 2,000. One in two men faced becoming a casualty within the first hours of the invasion.

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What was another name for the landing boats the Allies used?

The Higgins boat was also known as Landing Craft, Vehicle or Personnel (LCVP).

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Which of these was NOT a beach invaded on D-Day?

The beach code names were Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. Pretty light names for a very bloody day.

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Before the amphibious assault, there was an ______ assault.

The airborne assault took place before the amphibious attack. 18,000 Allied paratroopers dropped in to help the men that were coming in from the beaches.

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D-Day was known as Operation what?

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the one who led the planning phase of Operation Overlord, starting in 1943. Much planning was involved.

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How many Allied casualties were there on D-Day?

The casualties, which include those killed, wounded or missing, cannot be accurately counted. A standard estimate over the years has been 10,000, including 2,500 deaths.

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How many Germans were killed on D-Day?

In all, there were more Germans killed on D-Day than Allies. In fact, the Germans took a major hit.

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The location of the D-Day invasion was such a secret, the following people didn't even know.

No one knew, except Eisenhower and his closest advisers. Even the day before, the troops invading the beaches didn't know.

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How many Allied planes were lost on D-Day?

Just imagine losing so many planes on one day! It's frightening to think about.

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What does D-Day stand for?

It's as simple as that. It's THE Day. It's like saying "H-Hour." There is no other.

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The German Luftwaffe was outnumbered by what ratio on D-Day?

The German air-force was seriously outnumbered. They did not shoot down even one Allied plane in air-to-air combat.

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A flamethrowing tank was invented for D-Day, called what?

The Crocodile was just one of the inventions made specifically for D-Day. There were also collapsible bicycles and floating tanks.

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Before the D-Day attack, the president said what?

Franklin D. Roosevelt's prayer before that fateful day is well-documented. It includes these words: "Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity."

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How many beaches did the Allies land on?

There were five beaches, each with its own code name.

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What time did Allied troops begin to come ashore on the 50-mile front?

Bright and early, although hardly bright in any sense. The troops started to land on the beaches at 6:30am.

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Plans for D-Day happened approximately how long before the actual attack?

In July of 1943, plans for D-Day began. Lieutenant-General Frederick Morgan submitted plans for the invasion.

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In all, how many Allied countries fought in the D-Day invasion?

Twelve countries were actually active in combat on that day. Some paratroopers were dropped in the wrong location.

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How many reconnaissance missions were undertaken before D-Day?

A whopping 3,200 reconnaissance missions to France took place before the day itself.

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Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously said to his wife, “Do you realize that by the time you wake up in the morning, ___________?"

Quite profound to think that something so monumental can happen while you're sleeping.

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On the eve of the battle, Eisenhower said to the troops, “You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. ___________."

Indeed, the eyes of the world were upon those men that day. But eyes alone could not protect them.

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The flat-bottom landing crafts were originally designed for what?

Little did anyone know that boats of such a humble origin would find themselves on the shores of Normandy. (Not the same ones used on the Mississippi, of course.)

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Approximately how many Allied aircraft were used on D-Day?

Approximately 13,000 aircraft were employed, as well as 5,000 ships. Everyone understood that some men and aircraft would be lost.

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What newly invented drug went with troops on D-Day?

The use of penicillin saved thousands of lives. Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1929.

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How many extras were used in the Omaha beach scene in "Saving Private Ryan"?

They used about 1,000 extras. Some were amputees, meant to dramatize the horror of wartime injuries.

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