World War II History: D-day Questions! Trivia Quiz

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World War II History: D-day Questions! Trivia Quiz


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  • 1. 
    What does the “D” in D Day mean?
    • A. 

      The most probable reason is that the "D" may simply refer to the "day" of invasion

    • B. 

      The D refers to “disembarkation” day which is the name given to all World War II operations

    • C. 

      Days “A” through “C” were already used for operations in North Africa and Italy

    • D. 

      The D refers to “dangerous” and was used to inspire all soldiers to fight with bravery

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      5000 vessels were transporting 150,000 men and 30,000 vehicles across the English Channel to Normandy

    • B. 

      800 planes dropped 150,000 men across Normandy along with 25,000 vehicles

    • C. 

      5000 tons of gasoline were used to send French troops across the English Channel to invade Germany

    • D. 

      30,000 POWs celebrated Christmas after traveling on Allied ships across the Atlantic

  • 3. 
    What were the “Higgins” boats used during the Normandy landing originally designed to do? 
    • A. 

      Rescue flood victims in the 1920s along the Mississippi River

    • B. 

      Protect soldiers landing on Japanese held islands along in the Pacific

    • C. 

      Stay afloat in rough waters that presented a dangerous threat to the invaders

    • D. 

      Protect soldiers from artillery and gunfire that was predicted to be intense during the operation

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      Although Carl didn't get wounded, he was so afraid that he thought he deserved an award like the purple heart

    • B. 

      Carl was proud to be presented with the purple heart and thought his fellow soldiers deserved one too

    • C. 

      Carl wrote that after being wounded he was surprised to be sent back to the front and should receive an award

    • D. 

      When the soldiers stopped for supplies, Carl was presented with an award for being brave

  • 5. 
    Which of the following best describes how the battle of Normandy concluded?
    • A. 

      The Allies had reached the Seine River, Paris was liberated and the Germans had been removed from northwestern France

    • B. 

      Eisenhower sent his troops past to defeat the Germans at Cherbourg and eventually take Paris which removed the Nazi threat from France

    • C. 

      General Patton defeated the German General Erwin Rommel in Italy and moved on Paris to take France

    • D. 

      After the troops were able to land and take positions on the Beach, the battle of Normandy ended and the Allies were victorious

  • 6. 
    Select Europe and Africa.  Then Select Nazi Expansion.  Select the Nazi Occupation of Europe.  Use the timeline to answer the following question.  Which of the following options is in the correct order?
    • A. 

      German Army enters Austria, German army invades Poland, German Army enters Paris, German Army enters Stalingrad

    • B. 

      German Army enters the Rhineland, Munich Pact is signed, Denmark Surrenders, Great Britain Surrenders

    • C. 

      German Army invades Poland, German Army enters Rhineland, Moscow surrenders to Nazis, Germans enter Paris

    • D. 

      Germans enter Paris, Moscow Surrenders, German Army invades Poland, German Army takes Austria

  • 7. 
    Where was the first US Cemetery established in Europe during World War II?
    • A. 

      The Normandy American Cemetery overlooks Omaha beach and was established on June 8, 1944

    • B. 

      The D Day Memorial Cemetery was established in Normandy in December of 1980

    • C. 

      The American Veterans Cemetery was set up outside of Paris to commemorate the US sacrifice in 1950

    • D. 

      The World War II Cemetery was memorialized in 1952 and set up near Cherbourg, France

  • 8. 
    All of the following nations were completely controlled by the Nazis by 1942 EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Russia and Britain

    • B. 

      France and Latvia

    • C. 

      Austria and Czechoslovakia

    • D. 

      Germany and Belgium

  • 9. 
    Which of the following best describes Eisenhower’s placement of blame in case D Day was a failure?
    • A. 

      If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone

    • B. 

      The troops, the air and the Navy could not produce enough bravery or devotion to complete the mission

    • C. 

      President Franklin Delano Roosevelt has instructed the Generals to place the blame on the British and the British alone

    • D. 

      Stormy weather, long supply lines and an unrelenting enemy prevented the Allied victory in 1944

  • 10. 
    Which of the following best describes the tragic accident that occurred as a part of Operation Tiger during World War II?
    • A. 

      A total of 749 servicemen died when convoys training for the D-Day landings were attacked by German torpedo boats

    • B. 

      Allied airplanes in the British Air force accidentally attacked US soldiers pretending to be German tank divisions

    • C. 

      75 Allied crew members were killed when a US Destroyer group opened fire during a training exercise

    • D. 

      Almost a thousand British civilians were killed when a German U Boat shot two torpedoes at the Lusitania

  • 11. 
    Read the D-Day Diary of Sidney J. Montz to answer the following question All of the following describe obstacles Montz saw during the D Day invasion EXCEPT
    • A. 

      German E Boats attacking the convoy

    • B. 

      German 88mm gun, a long-range anti-air craft, anti-tank, anti-personnel gun most feared by the Allies

    • C. 

      German machine gun fire

    • D. 

      German Rocket and Artillery Fire

  • 12. 
    Read the D-Day Diary of Sidney J. Montz to answer the following question Which of the following describes why Montz is sent to England after D Day?
    • A. 

      Montz is hit by a sniper in the neck and the leg while fighting the Germans in France

    • B. 

      Montz was no longer able to fight after surviving the horrors experienced in Normandy

    • C. 

      Montz was escorting supply ships that traveled back and forth in the English Channel

    • D. 

      Montz was ordered to a training facility to prepare soldiers heading to France

  • 13. 
    Which of the following individuals was in charge of the D Day invasion?
    • A. 

      Dwight Eisenhower

    • B. 

      Erwin Rommel

    • C. 

      George Patton

    • D. 

      Bernard Montgomery

  • 14. 
    Which site was selected as the target of Operation Overlord?
    • A. 

      Normandy, France

    • B. 

      Berlin, Germany

    • C. 

      Calais, France

    • D. 

      Brittany, France

  • 15. 
    All of the following were assigned beach sectors during the Normandy Invasion EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Silver

    • B. 

      Utah

    • C. 

      Juno

    • D. 

      Gold

    • E. 

      Omaha

    • F. 

      Sword

  • 16. 
    Who did Hitler place in charge of defending against the Allied invasion of France?
    • A. 

      Erwin Rommel

    • B. 

      Heinrich Himmler

    • C. 

      Karl Hanke

    • D. 

      Albert Speel

  • 17. 
    Which of the following was the leader of Great Britain during the Normandy Invasion?
    • A. 

      Winston Churchill

    • B. 

      Neville Chamberlain

    • C. 

      David Cameron

    • D. 

      Clement Attlee

  • 18. 
    Which nation had the most combined military and civilian deaths?
    • A. 

      Soviet Union

    • B. 

      China

    • C. 

      Poland

    • D. 

      Germany

    • E. 

      Japan