Quiz: How Much Do You Know About WWII Generals?
How Much Do You Know About WWII Generals?
By: Torrance Grey
Image: user:cramyourspam edited retouch of old US Govt photo

About This Quiz

World War II was the largest and bloodiest conflict in human history, Behind the clashes on the battlefields lay a great deal of strategy ... plans made by generals who agonized over their decisions, and who didn't always get it right. Even so, during World War II, the United States was blessed with several very gifted military minds. Among them were George Patton, Omar Bradley, Douglas MacArthur, Mark W. Clark, Dwight Eisenhower and George Marshall. 

Some of them were true "war horses," who never considered any other calling, and who loved war perhaps a little too much. Chief among these was Patton, whose private motto might easily have been "Peace is hell." Others were destined for great futures in politics. Certainly Dwight Eisenhower counts here, as does statesman George Marshall, architect of the Marshall Plan. MacArthur and Patton had families with a history of distinguished military service. Omar Bradley, on the other hand, had blue-collar roots, and worked as a boilermaker before his acceptance to the United States Military Academy, better known as West Point. And while Mark W. Clark and Lesley McNair aren't such well-known names, they made indelible contributions to the eventual Allied victory. 

Are you ready to test your knowledge of the Army's greatest modern leaders? Sign on the dotted line, soldier!

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Which general went on to be president of the United States?
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Which general was known for his corncob pipe?
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Which two generals were in the same West Point class?
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Which general designed a cavalry saber shortly after his time at West Point?
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Which general had the nickname "Contraband" at West Point?
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Which general did NOT attend West Point?
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Which general was a pro-caliber baseball player in his youth?
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What did the "S" stand for in George S. Patton's name?
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Which general did not serve overseas in WWI?
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Which WWII operation was Patton not directly a part of?
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Who became Supreme Allied Commander in Europe in 1943?
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What action embroiled Patton in controversy while stationed in Italy in 1943?
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To whom did it fall to discipline Patton for slapping the soldiers?
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Which general did NOT take part in the Louisiana Maneuvers?
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Which of these generals had a pilot's license?
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Which general nearly died in a harrowing plane crash in Italy?
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Which of these generals was killed in France during WWII?
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Who led the capture of Rome in 1944?
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Patton gave an Army chaplain a Bronze Star for doing what?
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George Marshall attained what civilian post later in life?
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Whom did Winston Churchill call "the American Eagle"?
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When MacArthur famously said, "I shall return," to where was he referring?
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Which general won the Nobel Peace Prize late in life?
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Which general's family was friendly with former Confederate commander John Mosby?
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Which general later led the landing at Inchon in the Korean War?
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In what way was George Patton involved with the 1912 Olympics?
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In what way was MacArthur involved with the 1928 Summer Olympics?
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Who was nicknamed "Gaijin Shogun" by the Japanese?
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Which general died in a car crash in 1945?
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Who was a veteran of the Veracruz occupation in Mexico?
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After the war, where was Eisenhower a military governor?
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