Quiz: What Do You Really Know about the Beach Landings of D-Day?
What Do You Really Know about the Beach Landings of D-Day?
By: John Miller
Image: MOD

About This Quiz

After capturing and occupying most of Western Europe, the Third Reich began to solidify its gains. It built the Atlantic Wall, a series of fortresses along the coast at likely Allied invasion points. Everywhere, machine gun nests bristled, waiting for an attack that people around the world knew was coming. Allied commander Dwight Eisenhower finally settled on Normandy, in northern France, as the place where his troops would begin their liberation of Europe. How much do you know about the beach landings of D-Day in this hard-fighting quiz?

For years, the Germans watched and waited for an Allied invasion that never came. In the meantime, the Allied bided their time, built their forces and used a campaign of misinformation to confuse the Germans.

Then, with a fleet of ships so vast it stretched beyond the horizon, the Allies struck. Infantry units waded into the waters off Normandy and found their blood mixing with the salty sea. Americans made up the majority of troops, along with British, French and other nations looking to counter the Third Reich.

At places like Sword and Juno, many Allied troops saw their last sunrise. What do you really know about the valor and horror of World War II’s Normandy beach landings?

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What was the date of D-Day?
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What's the common name for the day that Allied troops landed at Normandy and began their invasion of Europe?
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What was the name of the operation that landed troops at the beaches of Normandy?
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What was the name of the OVERALL operation that landed men at Normandy and then invaded Europe?
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Which of the following was NOT one of the code named landing beaches during D-Day?
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What did the Allies do just before the beach landings?
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U.S. troops were told to assault Utah beach. How did their day begin?
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Of the five landing beaches, which was the deadliest?
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The Allies used barrage balloons during the beach attacks. What was the purpose of these balloons?
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Troops landing at Normandy stormed ahead but faced which natural obstacle?
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The Allies used flat-bottomed landing craft, vehicle, personnel (LCVP) boats to drop off troops at the beaches. What's the popular name for these iconic boats?
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About how many troops did each Higgins boat carry into battle?
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The beach landings were originally planned for June 5. Why were they postponed for a day?
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Troops from which nation were in charge of taking Gold Beach?
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Where did German engineers place many obstacles on the beaches of Normandy?
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Once troops landed on the beach, how far did they have to run to reach the tall cliffs bordering the beach?
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When did the Allies land their troops on the beaches?
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How long did it take troop carriers to cross the English Channel to the beaches of Normandy?
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How many Allied warships took part in D-Day?
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The Allies slated 32 tanks to land at Omaha Beach. How many made it?
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Where were Allied air bombing efforts at Omaha Beach so ineffective?
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What happened during Exercise Tiger, one of the landing exercises that the Allies used to practice for D-Day?
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How did the failure of Operation Tiger (and its hundreds of casualties) affect D-Day?
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The Germans knew the Allies would try to invade on or around a full moon … so why were they taken by surprise on D-Day?
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How many Higgins landing craft were lost at Omaha Beach?
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How many Allied troops died during the beach landings?
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