Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Bombs and Missiles of WWII?
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How Much Do You Know About the Bombs and Missiles of WWII?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

In August 1945, after years of research, construction – and political calculations – the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the Empire of Japan. The bombs detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, laying waste two to cities and killing scores of civilians. But these weapons were just two powerful codas capping four years of explosions that leveled targets all over Earth. In this firestorm of a quiz, what do you really know about the bombs and missiles of the Second World War?

By the time the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, many countries had already been stockpiling all sorts of weapons for a war they knew was virtually inevitable. They manufactured tens of thousands of “dumb” bombs for carpet-bombing missions that left entire cities in ruins. They made countless incendiary bombs that were made to set structures on fire. And in the case of the U.S., they built doomsday weapons – nukes – that struck fear into people the world over, including the Americans themselves. What do you know about the types of bombs that were used in the European and Pacific Theaters in WWII?

Missile technology zoomed to new heights as engineers scrambled to develop newfangled guidance and propulsion systems. Whether they were air-to-ground, air-to-air, or surface-to-air missiles, all of these munitions became much more sophisticated in a very short time during the war. Some relied on solid fuel propellants and pulse jets, others used more basic systems. All of them were deadly. How much do you know about the missiles of this conflict?

Both frontline troops and civilians suffered the effects of WWII bomb and missile attacks, and the weapons turned the tide of many battles. Let’s see if you can withstand the blast of this WWII weapons quiz!

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