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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The German Invasion of the Soviet Union was brought about in order to fulfill the policy of:

    • A.

      Lebensborn

    • B.

      Lebensraum

    • C.

      Nuremburg Race Laws

    • D.

      Weltanschaung

    Correct Answer
    B. Lebensraum
    Explanation
    Lebensraum was the policy of gaining "living space" for the German people in order to further economic expansion.

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  • 2. 

    Adler Tag refers to:

    • A.

      The beginning of Operation Barbarossa

    • B.

      September 1st, 1939

    • C.

      The Battle of Britain

    • D.

      June 6, 1944

    Correct Answer
    C. The Battle of Britain
    Explanation
    Adler Tag was a massive opening strike on British airfields and radar stations.

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  • 3. 

    The landings on the southern coast of France in 1944 were known as:

    • A.

      Operation Overlord

    • B.

      Operation Bodyguard

    • C.

      Operation Torch

    • D.

      Operation Dragoon

    Correct Answer
    D. Operation Dragoon
    Explanation
    Operation Dragoon refers to the landings on the southern coast of France in 1944. This operation was carried out by the Allied forces as part of their strategy to liberate France from German occupation during World War II. The objective of Operation Dragoon was to establish a second front in the south of France, diverting German forces from the main invasion in Normandy (Operation Overlord). Operation Bodyguard was a deception plan to mislead the Germans about the location of the D-Day invasion, and Operation Torch was the Allied invasion of North Africa in 1942.

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  • 4. 

    German infantry squads could put out a greater volume of firepower than an average Allied squad.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    German squads were equipped with MG34 light machine guns and MG40 heavy machine guns which were belt fed. Germans also carried 50 and 81mm mortars. The Allied squads carried either a Bren gun magazine fed or occasionally the browning .30 caliber.

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  • 5. 

    The Japanese rocket-powered suicide planes launched from Beddy bombers were known as:

    • A.

      Ohka

    • B.

      Tora

    • C.

      Yamato

    • D.

      Ryo

    Correct Answer
    A. Ohka
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Ohka. Ohka was the name given to the Japanese rocket-powered suicide planes launched from Beddy bombers during World War II. These planes were designed to be piloted by a single pilot and were intended to be used as a last resort weapon to inflict maximum damage on enemy targets. The Ohka planes were equipped with rockets that would propel them towards their targets at high speeds, making them extremely deadly.

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  • 6. 

    The standard ME-109G and K series carried this type of armament:

    • A.

      MG151/15

    • B.

      MG151/20

    • C.

      MK108

    • D.

      MK82

    Correct Answer
    C. MK108
    Explanation
    The F series used the 20mm MG151, which was upgraded to the 30mm MK 108 Motorkanone in the G and K series with greater bomber-destroying power.

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  • 7. 

    The first mass produced assault rifle was known as:

    • A.

      AK-47

    • B.

      Sturmgewehr 44

    • C.

      MP40

    • D.

      Thompson

    Correct Answer
    B. Sturmgewehr 44
    Explanation
    The Sturmgewehr 44, also known as the StG 44, was the first mass-produced assault rifle. It was developed by Germany during World War II and was revolutionary for its time. The StG 44 had a selective fire system, allowing it to switch between semi-automatic and fully automatic modes, and it used an intermediate cartridge, combining the power of a rifle cartridge with the lighter weight of a pistol cartridge. These features set the foundation for future assault rifle designs and influenced the development of the AK-47 and other modern assault rifles.

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  • 8. 

    Zhukov's encirclement of the German 6th Army was known as:

    • A.

      Operation Zitadelle

    • B.

      Operation Bagration

    • C.

      Operation Uranus

    • D.

      Operation Sevastapool

    Correct Answer
    C. Operation Uranus
    Explanation
    Operation Uranus was the name given to Zhukov's encirclement of the German 6th Army during World War II. This operation was a successful Soviet strategic offensive that took place in November 1942. The aim of Operation Uranus was to surround and cut off the German forces in the Stalingrad area. This encirclement led to the eventual surrender of the German 6th Army and was a significant turning point in the war, marking a major Soviet victory and the first major German defeat on the Eastern Front.

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  • 9. 

    The Spitfire MK I was armed with:

    • A.

      Eight M3 Browning .303s

    • B.

      Two Hispano 20mm and Two .303s

    • C.

      Four M3 Browning .303s

    • D.

      Four Hispano 20mm

    Correct Answer
    A. Eight M3 Browning .303s
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Eight M3 Browning .303s. The Spitfire MK I was armed with eight M3 Browning .303 machine guns. These machine guns were mounted in the wings of the aircraft and provided a significant amount of firepower. The .303 caliber ammunition was commonly used by British aircraft during World War II and was effective against enemy aircraft. Having eight machine guns allowed the Spitfire MK I to deliver a high volume of fire, increasing its chances of hitting and damaging enemy targets.

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  • 10. 

    The Potsdam conference was attended by:

    • A.

      Stalin, Churchill, Atley, Truman

    • B.

      Stalin, Churchill, Truman

    • C.

      Stalin, Churchill, Roosevelt

    • D.

      Molotov, Ribbentrop, Eisenhower

    Correct Answer
    A. Stalin, Churchill, Atley, Truman
    Explanation
    Roosevelt died shortly before the conference, and Churchill was replaced by the new British prime minister Clement Atley during the conference.

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  • 11. 

    The Sherman Firefly mounted the:

    • A.

      M3 76.2mm

    • B.

      17 pounder

    • C.

      75mm L70

    • D.

      6 pounder

    Correct Answer
    B. 17 pounder
    Explanation
    The Sherman Firefly was the upgunned British variant of the Sherman, mounting the 17 pounder which was capable of defeating the armour of Tigers and Panthers.

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  • 12. 

    The Breton Woods conference determined:

    • A.

      Future exchange rate procedures

    • B.

      Lend-Lease Agreements

    • C.

      U.S. Deficit spending procedures

    • D.

      The Atlantic Charter

    Correct Answer
    A. Future exchange rate procedures
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Future exchange rate procedures." The Bretton Woods conference, held in 1944, established the framework for international monetary cooperation after World War II. One of the key outcomes of the conference was the creation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. The conference aimed to promote stability in global currency exchange rates by adopting a system of fixed exchange rates, with the U.S. dollar being pegged to gold and other currencies pegged to the U.S. dollar. This system lasted until the early 1970s and played a significant role in shaping future exchange rate procedures.

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  • 13. 

    French tanks were superior in quality and more numerous than German tanks in 1940.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Germans primarily used Panzer Is, IIs and a smattering of low velocity gunned Panzer 3s. The French had the char, S-35 and H-39 in much larger numbers which were superior in quality but organized poorly. German Panzers were organized into armoured divisions while the French attached them to infantry regiments.

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  • 14. 

    The participants in the Warsaw Rising were massacred because:

    • A.

      The U.S. Air Corps dropped the wrong supplies

    • B.

      Stalin did not want potential opposition following the occupation

    • C.

      The Soviets halted their advance

    • D.

      B and C

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. B and C
    Explanation
    Stalin ordered the Soviet forces to stand on the river and not advance to Warsaw.

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  • 15. 

    The most important result of the Tehran conference was:

    • A.

      The Agreement on a Second Front

    • B.

      The insistence on Unconditional Surrender

    • C.

      Agreement for respecting International Waters

    • D.

      The planning of post-war Germany

    Correct Answer
    A. The Agreement on a Second Front
    Explanation
    The Soviets and Western Allies agreed that a second front would be opened by May 1944.

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  • 16. 

    Operation Overlord consisted of five sectors:

    • A.

      Omaha, Utah, Gold, Sword, Dog

    • B.

      Omaha, Utah, Sword, Dog, Juno

    • C.

      Omaha, Kansas, Juno, Sword, Gold

    • D.

      Omaha, Utah, Sword, Juno, Gold

    Correct Answer
    D. Omaha, Utah, Sword, Juno, Gold
    Explanation
    Operation Overlord consisted of five sectors: Omaha, Utah, Sword, Juno, and Gold. These sectors were the designated landing zones for the Allied forces during the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Each sector had a specific objective and was assigned to different divisions from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. The correct answer lists the sectors in the correct order in which they were assigned for the operation.

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  • 17. 

    At the first battle of Kasserine Pass the American forces were under the command of:

    • A.

      British General Anderson

    • B.

      General George Patton

    • C.

      General Omar Bradley

    • D.

      Soviet Marshall Zhukov

    Correct Answer
    A. British General Anderson
    Explanation
    The correct answer is British General Anderson because at the first battle of Kasserine Pass, the American forces were indeed under the command of British General Anderson. This information is provided in the question itself.

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  • 18. 

    The most significant battle of the African campaign was known as:

    • A.

      Kasserine Pass

    • B.

      El Alamein

    • C.

      Tobruk

    • D.

      Gazala

    Correct Answer
    B. El Alamein
    Explanation
    Rommel was defeated in a large scale battle at El Alamein, and the Afrika Korps never regained the initiative.

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  • 19. 

    Operation Zitadelle was a failure.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Zitadelle refers to the German attacks at Kursk and surrounding areas. The Germans were repulsed by heavy losses and never again mounted a major offensive in the Soviet Union.

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  • 20. 

    The Axis oilfields at ________ were repeatedly attacked by Allied bombers

    • A.

      Hamburg

    • B.

      Kiev

    • C.

      Ploesti

    • D.

      Stalingrad

    Correct Answer
    C. Ploesti
    Explanation
    Ploesti, in Romania, was a major source of German oil which was in very short supply.

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  • 21. 

    General George Patton called ________ the finest battle implement ever designed

    • A.

      M4 Sherman

    • B.

      Soviet T-34

    • C.

      Browning Automatic Rifle

    • D.

      M1 Garand

    Correct Answer
    D. M1 Garand
    Explanation
    General George Patton called the M1 Garand the finest battle implement ever designed.

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  • 22. 

    The _______ ships were a class of mass-produced wooden American merchant ship.

    • A.

      Freedom

    • B.

      Liberty

    • C.

      Independence

    • D.

      Enterprise

    Correct Answer
    B. Liberty
    Explanation
    The Liberty ships were made from wooden frames designed to be produced quickly.

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  • 23. 

    The majority of German soldiers died fighting on the Eastern Front with the Soviet Union.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Eight out of ten German soldiers who died fought on the Eastern Front.

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  • 24. 

    The _______ bombsight was a great leap forward in level-bombing technology

    • A.

      Sperry

    • B.

      Lofte

    • C.

      Revi

    • D.

      Norden

    Correct Answer
    D. Norden
    Explanation
    The Norden bombsight was a significant advancement in level-bombing technology. It revolutionized the accuracy of bombing by allowing precise targeting of enemy positions from high altitudes. The Norden bombsight was highly sophisticated, with intricate mechanical and optical components that enabled it to calculate variables such as altitude, airspeed, and wind direction. Its development and implementation during World War II greatly improved the effectiveness of aerial bombing campaigns.

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  • 25. 

    The P-51 Mustang was the only USAAC fighter that could escort the bombers all the way to the target and back.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The P38 Lightning was capable of performing this role with droptanks, as well as later P47s.

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  • 26. 

    The U.S. government financed their war effort by

    • A.

      Printing more Money

    • B.

      Nationalizing Banks

    • C.

      Deficit Spending

    • D.

      Borrowing heavily from England

    Correct Answer
    C. Deficit Spending
    Explanation
    During times of war, governments often resort to deficit spending as a means to finance their war efforts. This involves spending more money than the government receives in revenue, leading to a budget deficit. The government can then borrow money to cover this deficit by issuing bonds or taking loans from individuals, institutions, or other countries. This method allows the government to continue funding its war efforts without immediately raising taxes or relying solely on printing more money, which can lead to inflation. Nationalizing banks or borrowing heavily from England are not typical methods of financing war efforts for the U.S. government.

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  • 27. 

    Who was the highest scoring aerial ace of WWII?

    • A.

      Pappy Boyington

    • B.

      Adolph Galland

    • C.

      Erich Hartmann

    • D.

      Stanley Gabreski

    Correct Answer
    C. Erich Hartmann
    Explanation
    Erich Hartmann of the Luftwaffe's JG52 was the highest scoring ace of any war. He claimed 352 enemy planes shot down and survived to a ripe old age of 80. By comparison the highest scoring U.S. ace had about 40 planes shot down.

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  • 28. 

    Which country did Stalin’s the Soviet Union invade on 17 September 1939?

    • A.

      Germany

    • B.

      Finland

    • C.

      Poland

    • D.

      China

    Correct Answer
    C. Poland
    Explanation
    In 1939, Stalin's Soviet Union invaded Poland on 17 September. This invasion was a result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between Germany and the Soviet Union, which had divided Eastern Europe into spheres of influence. The invasion of Poland by the Soviet Union marked the beginning of World War II and led to the occupation of Poland by both Germany and the Soviet Union.

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  • 29. 

    The most prolific sniper of the Second World War, with more than 500 ‘kills’, came from which country?

    • A.

      Germany

    • B.

      Finland

    • C.

      United States

    • D.

      Soviet Union

    Correct Answer
    B. Finland
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Finland. The most prolific sniper of the Second World War, Simo Häyhä, was a Finnish sniper who is credited with over 500 confirmed kills. He fought for Finland against the Soviet Union during the Winter War, demonstrating exceptional marksmanship skills and camouflage techniques. His high kill count and effectiveness as a sniper earned him the title of the most successful sniper of the war.

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