Quiz: Test Your Knowledge Of World War II Trivia

How does your Second World War knowledge stack up?

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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?

PERM, RUSSIA – JULY 30, 2016: Historical reenactment of World War II, summer, 1942. Soviet soldier with rifle
The two Asian countries fought in the Second Sino-Japanese War starting in July 1937, two full years before WWII battles began in Europe.

1. At the start of the European part of WWII in 1939, which two countries were already engaged in war?

Germany and Russia
Japan and China
Braun/U.S. Army
The famous general George S. Patton led the 3rd Army Division through the German battle lines on Dec. 26, 1944, essentially ending the battle.

2. Which general led the U.S. in the Battle of the Bulge?

Gen. George S. Patton
Gen. Harold Alexander
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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.

3. Queen Elizabeth II served in the armed forces during WW II

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.

4. What was the longest battle of World War II?

The Battle of the Bulge
The Battle of the Atlantic
Parnall, C H (Lt), Royal Navy official photographer via Imperial War Museums
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.

5. The failure of this treaty from WWI ultimately led to the conflicts that led to World War II.

The treaty of Paris.
The treaty of Versailles.
Courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration
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.

6. In what year did the U.S. experience what was called a date which will live in infamy?