Quiz: Test your knowledge of World War II
Test your knowledge of World War II
By: Scott Nordlund
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About This Quiz

Following the First World War, the Allied Powers forced Germany to sign the Treaty of Versailles. This famous document ended the bloody Great War, but its oppressive terms humiliated Germany politically, culturally and economically, creating widespread discontent. A short, slick-haired guy with a cheesy mustache knew just how to exploit that sense of German inferiority, slowly but surely giving rise to the Nazi Party.

Hitler seized the chancellorship. Then he began unfurling his devious plan to (illegally) build military might, thumbing his nose at diplomats the world over. He waited for the right moment and then struck. Do you know which country Hitler and his cronies first invaded? Which major Allied countries did they decide to attack next?

As the Nazis herded up innocents for death, the Japanese bombed Hawaii, drawing the United States into the conflict. Do you know the major battles of the Pacific Theater?

Across the globe, the Allies frantically bemoaned threats to freedom and democracy, steeling themselves for years of violence. Do you know the military leaders who organized the resistance to Axis aggression? Do you know how many people died trying to right the wrongs of Axis guns?

There is no way to quickly sum up the devastation of World War II. It was, quite simply, the deadliest conflict in human history. Grab your M-1, hold your Ka-Bar knife tight, and plunge into our epic World War II quiz!

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Which leader led Germany to invade Poland?
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What was the name of the party that Adolf Hitler led?
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At the start of the European Theater in 1939, there were already two countries at war. What were the two countries?
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What was the largest and deadliest battle for U.S. troops in WWII?
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What famous, aggressive US General lead the US troops in the European Theater, as well as the Battle of the Bulge?
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The Nazis murdered approximately how many people?
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The offensives in Poland and France taught the English-speaking world a new word, Blitzkrieg, which means what?
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Between 1939 and 1945, the Allies dropped how many tons of bombs?
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Which country suffered the largest number of WWII causalities?
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Which country denied much-needed border access to the Soviets, thus finding itself at war against the Red Army?
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After France fell to Germany, Hitler turned his attention to Britain as the next target. What massive air battle soon followed?
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From 1940-1945, the U.S. defense budget increased from $1.9 billion to what amount?
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The ”day that will live in infamy” came with the attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, in which year?
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Which battleship, sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor, killing over 1100 people, still lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor today?
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Which significant 1942 naval battle thwarted Japanese attempts to land troops in New Guinea, sank one carrier, and badly damaged another?
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What was the name of the German aerial warfare branch?
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During WWII, hamburgers in the U.S. were dubbed what?
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What was the name of the project that led to the atomic devices used in the bombing of two cities in Japan?
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What were the names of the two cities in Japan that were hit by atomic bombs?
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The now iconic poster with that phrase was initially not intended for public display?
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During WWII, what did Germany do to the U.S., but not to any other country?
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On July 14, 1941, the Soviets introduced what new weapon?
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World War II was the most ______ conflict in history.
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Prisoners of war in Russian camps experienced what percentage mortality rate.
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After World War II, Germany was divided into how many zones of occupation?
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Which was the first Axis power to surrender?
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What meeting of world powers near the end of World War II is often said to mark the beginning of the Cold War?
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World War II ended with the unconditional surrender of the Axis powers on what dates?
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