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How Well Do You Know the Leaders of WWII?
by Torrance Grey

War pushes humans to the extreme in their fight to survive not only the war, but also the world they seek to live in once the smoke has cleared. World wars are often studied and discussed, because everyone in the world was affected.

But this quiz isn’t here to just ask you any ol’ questions about WWII. We want to know how much you remember about the key players who helped make the major moves which triggered both failures and successes, and eventually peace.

One of those leaders was Rudolf Hess. Often forgotten as a WWII leader, due to the fact that his life and death were involved in espionage, Hess was Deputy Führer at the time, which was only behind Hermann Goering in succession in the Nazi regime. On May 10, 1941, Hess took a small Messerschmitt fighter-bomber from Rhine, across the North Sea. He was on his way to the Duke of Hamilton in the middle of the night. His plan? To meet with the Duke, who was rumored to be more willing to talk peace terms with Nazis. Unlike Churchill.

Before Hess made it there, he crash landed in Scotland, 12 miles from his destination. As the story goes, he was brought to meet the Duke; however the Duke gave Hess no hope. When Hess informed them that he had acted without Hitler’s orders on this peace quest, his “diplomatic respect” was revoked and he was taken prisoner. He spent 46 years as prisoner Number 7. He was the facility’s only prisoner for more than 20 years, before he committed suicide at age 93.

Hess was the only appointed Deputy Führer and history has yet to truly reveal why Hess took the risk he did. Had he truly acted on his own?

Since we know you don’t know the answer to that one, it’s time for you show us what you do know! And maybe after you complete the quiz, you might share your theory of the Rudolf Hess mystery!

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