Quiz: Test Your Knowledge Of World War II Trivia

When the Great War, World War I, ended in 1918, war-torn countries around the world could not have anticipated that a second world war would follow just over two decades later.

World War II lasted six years, officially, involving more than 20 countries and leading to an estimated 60 to 80 million deaths worldwide. Given the massive destruction, it's no surprise the war has remained a topic in classrooms and media seven decades later.

This quiz will put your World War II knowledge to the test. How much do you know about the places, people and events that were key to World War II?

[sm_quiz image="49041? question="At the start of the European part of WWII in 1939, which two countries were already engaged in war?" choice1="Germany and Russia" choice2="Japan and China" response="The two Asian countries fought in the Second Sino-Japanese War starting in July 1937, two full years before WWII battles began in Europe." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49044? question="Which general led the U.S. in the Battle of the Bulge?" choice1="Gen. George S. Patton" choice2="Gen. Harold Alexander" response="The famous general George S. Patton led the 3rd Army Division through the German battle lines on Dec. 26, 1944, essentially ending the battle." correct="1? /]

[sm_quiz image="49045? question="Queen Elizabeth II served in the armed forces during WW II" choice1="True" choice2="False" response="True! Believe it or not, the then-Princess Elizabeth served as a car mechanic for the Royal Armed Forces. She asked to serve once she turned 18 years old and received special permission from her father to join the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the women's auxiliary branch of the army." correct="1? /]

[sm_quiz image="56703? question="What was the longest battle of World War II?" choice1="The Battle of the Bulge" choice2="The Battle of the Atlantic" response="The Battle of the Atlantic lasted from 1939 through the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945. Though the U-boat threat was mostly over by 1943, the Allies continued to patrol shipping lanes and escort ships in the Atlantic Ocean until the war was over." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49047? question="The failure of this treaty from WWI ultimately led to the conflicts that led to World War II." choice1="The treaty of Paris." choice2="The treaty of Versailles." response="The overly-complicated Treaty of Versailles tried to reshape Europe, and it forced Germany to give up territory, accept full blame for WWI and pay monetary penalties. Some experts believe this treaty's destabilizing effects caused the rise of the right-wing German Nazi party." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49048? question="In what year did the U.S. experience what was called a date which will live in infamy?" choice1="1941? choice2="1942? response="On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese bombers attacked Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii, drawing the U.S. directly into WW2. President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a famous radio speech referring to the attack as a date which will live in infamy." correct="1? /]

[sm_quiz image="56714? question="Which U.S. battleship tragically sank with much of its crew aboard during the Pearl Harbor attack?" choice1="USS Constitution" choice2="USS Arizona" response="The USS Arizona sank in the harbor during the attack on Pearl Harbor. More than 2,400 people were killed in the attack, including 1,177 people aboard the Arizona. The wreckage remains underwater and a national memorial floats above it today." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="56716? question="How many total ships were damaged during the bombing of Pearl Harbor?" choice1="10? choice2="19? response="Of the 100-plus ships in or near the harbor that fateful day, 19 were damaged during the Japanese attack, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Navy salvaged and restored most of ships that were damaged that day." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="56721? question="What was Germany's air force called?" choice1="Luftwaffe" choice2="Gestapo" response="The Luftwaffe was the German aerial branch of the military and one of the largest air defenses in the world at the start of World War II." correct="1? /]

[sm_quiz image="56722? question="Which country suffered the most casualties during the war?" choice1="Germany" choice2="Soviet Union" response="The Soviet Union suffered the most casualties from World War II, with approximately 24 million military members and civilians lost." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49051? question="What was the first Nazi concentration camp?" choice1="Auschwitz" choice2="Dachau" response="The Nazis opened Dachau in 1933, and it first served as a political prison. However, the first dissident was killed there just two months after the camp opened, which would lead to deaths there becoming exempt from judicial oversight." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49054? question="The United States used which Native American tribe as code talkers during World War II?" choice1="Cherokee" choice2="Navajo" response="Members of the Navajo Nation served as code talkers for the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. They often worked behind enemy lines to help the Allies get the upper hand during battles." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49056? question="Which country did Germany invade first in World War II?" choice1="Poland" choice2="France" response="Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, essentially starting the World War II." correct="1? /]

[sm_quiz image="49057? question="What battle was the turning point in the war between the U.S. and Japan in World War II?" choice1="The Battle of the Bulge" choice2="The Battle of Midway" response="The Battle of Midway, which occurred June 4-7, 1942, halted Japanese expansion in the Pacific. It was a major victory for the U.S. in the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II and helped turn the tide of the war in its favor." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49058? question="Who was the British Prime Minister during World War II?" choice1="Winston Salem" choice2="Winston Churchill" response="Winston Churchill served as the British Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and then again from 1951 through 1955. " correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49059? question="Who served as the leader of the Soviet Union during World War II?" choice1="Joseph Stalin" choice2="Vladimir Lenin" response="Joseph Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union from 1929 until his death in 1953." correct="1? /]

[sm_quiz image="49060? question="When did President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Churchill and Soviet President Stalin first meet?" choice1="The Yalta Conference" choice2="The Tehran Conference" response="The three world leaders first met at the Tehran Conference in late 1943. They met again in 1945 at the Yalta Conference, where they discussed the post-war restructuring of Europe." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49061? question="Which nation participated in the D-Day invasion of the beaches of Normandy?" choice1="Morocco" choice2="Canada" response="Morocco was not among the countries participating in the amphibious invasion on D-Day at the beaches of Normandy. Twelve countries fought in the battle for the Allies, including 14,000 troops from Canada." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49062? question="On what day did Allied forces first invade the French beaches of Normandy?" choice1="June 4, 1944? choice2="June 6, 1944? response="Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49065? question="Which group of countries was known as The Axis during World War II?" choice1="Germany, Russia and Japan" choice2="Germany, Japan and Italy" response="Germany, Japan and Italy formed the Axis Powers during World War II." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49064? question="Which dictator ruled Italy during World War II?" choice1="Benito Mussolini" choice2="Benito Mustini" response="Benito Mussolini ruled Italy during World War II." correct="1? /]

[sm_quiz image="49066? question="How many U.S. Presidents served during World War II?" choice1="1? choice2="2? response="Two presidents served the United States during World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was president from 1933 until his death on April 12, 1945, and Harry S. Truman, who was vice president and took the oath of office immediately upon Roosevelt's death." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49067? question="Which two cities in Japan did the United States attack with nuclear bombs?" choice1="Hiroshima and Nagasaki" choice2="Hiroshima and Kyoto " response="The United States attacked Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945." correct="1? /]

[sm_quiz image="49068? question="When did the Germans surrender to Allied Forces?" choice1="April 15, 1945? choice2="May 8, 1945? response="The Germans formally surrendered to Allied Forces on May 8, 1945, which is now known as VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49070? question="When did Japan surrender to Allied Forces to end World War II?" choice1="May 8, 1945? choice2="Sept. 2, 1945? response="The Japanese officially signed the surrender on Sept. 2, 1945, also known as VJ Day, for Victory over Japan. But the emperor announced Japan's surrender on Aug. 15, 1945." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49069? question="Where did the official Japanese surrender ceremony take place?" choice1="Vienna, Austria" choice2="Aboard the USS Missouri" response="The official signing ceremony took place aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, marking the official end to World War II." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49071? question="Where was this iconic kiss photo taken shortly after the announcement of the end of World War II?" choice1="Liberty Island, New York City" choice2="Times Square, New York City" response="Two different photographers captured an iconic photo of a sailor kissing a woman to celebrate the end of World War II. This one was shot by Victor Jorgensen in Times Square in the heart of New York City on Aug. 14, 1945, but the better-known shot, with the length of Times Square in the background, was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt." correct="2? /]

[sm_quiz image="49072? question="Which World War II general went on to become president of the United States?" choice1="General Dwight Eisenhower" choice2="General Theodore Roosevelt" response="General Dwight D. Eisenhower was appointed Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in 1943. He became the 34th President of the United States on Jan. 20, 1953." correct="1? /]

[sm_quiz image="49073? question="Who is this fictional character who was created to represent the working woman in the United States during World War II?" choice1="Rosie Revere" choice2="Rosie the Riveter" response="Rosie the Riveter was created by Pittsburgh artist J. Howard Miller as part of a series of war posters created to help boost morale during the war. Later, artist Norman Rockwell also created his version of Rosie to further celebrate women's service during the war effort" correct="2? /]