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Germany surrendered one year ago to bring to an end the European phase of the bloodiest war in history. How many details of the war’s great events and heroic figures do you remember? Here are 20 questions to test how much you still know about the war.

Choose the one statement which is correct for each question and check against the answers.

A score of 15-20 is exceptional; 10-15, good; 5-10 average; below 5 poor.

1. The name of one of these American cities was conspicuous in the invasion of Normandy:

A – Philadelphia.
B – Walla Walla.
C – Albany.
D – Omaha.

2. When you mention “Kasserin Pass” you should think of:

A – The Battle of the Bulge.
B – Tunisia.
C – Americans on furlough in London.
D – Free movies for servicemen.

3. The flag under which supporters of General DeGaulle rallied after the fall of France was known as:

A – The Cross of Lorraine.
B – The Stars and Bars.
C – The Hammer and Sickle.
D – The Union Jack.

4. General Anthony C. McAuliffe became famous for this statement at Bastogne in December, 1945:

A – “War is hell.”
B – “Nuts!”
C – “What’s the shooting for?
D – “The Nazis will surrender on New Year’s.”

6. One of these generals was the commander of the 1st Canadian Army during the last month of the fighting:

A – Blamey.
B – Crerar.
C – Dempsey.
D – MacKenzie.

7. The English were helped greatly in their efforts to hold off the German air force during the “Battle of Britain” by:

A – Superfortresses.
B – Radar.
C – Secret devices known as “Mulberries.”
D – The bazooka.

8. The famous phrase, “It is always too little or too late or both,” was first spoken by;

A – Winston Churchill.
B – Franklin D. Roosevelt.
C – Charles de Gaulle.
D – David Lloyd George.

9. Germany declared war on the United States on:

A - December 7, 1941.
B – December 11, 1941.
C – December 20, 1941.
D – Christmas Day, 1941.

10. The successful Russian defense of Stalingrad kept the Germans from crossing the:

A – Volga River.
B – Dneiper River.
C – Ukraine Line.
D – Red Sea.

11. A leading Allied general usually seen wearing a beret was:

A – Eisenhower.
B – Patton.
C – Montgomery.
D – Doolittle.

12. The surrender of Italy to the Allies was negotiated by:

A – Count Ciano.
B – Marshall Badoglio.
C – Edda Mussolinin.
D – Count Sfora.

13. The “desert rats” were:

A – British forces in Africa under General Montgomery.
B – Swarms of little animals which played a major role in the siege of Tobruk.
C – The name the Allies gave the Nazis in Tunisia.
D – The clique of conspiring officers around the German General von Arnim.

14. The name “General Bor” should remind you of:

A – The French chief of staff during the period of “Phony War.”
B – The pseudonym Eisenhower used before the invasion of Normandy.
C – The leader of a Polish underground revolt in Warsaw.
D – The first Nazi general to be captured in the war.

15. The first of the “Big Three” meetings of Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin was held at:

A – Yalta.
B – Potsdam.
C – Tehran.
D – Casablanca.

16. When Winston Churchill said: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” he was referring to:

A – British soldiers who survived Dunkerque.
B – The U. S. Income Tax collectors.
C – The Royal Air Force.
D – The commandos who raided Dieppe.

17. Which one of these islands was never held by the Axis:

A – Crete.
B – Sardinia.
C – Pantelleria.
D – Malta.

18. In the German drive against France in 1940, Nazi tank forces were led by:

A – Weygand.
B – Guderian.
C – Smigly-Rydz.
D – Gort.

19. In the fighting in Germany in 1945, the U. S. 1st Army was commanded by:

A – Patton.
B – Patch.
C – Hodges.
D – Simpson.

20. One of these did not sign the document of German surrender at Rheims:

A – Eisenhower.
B – Sevez.
C – Smith.
D – Suslaparoff.




1 – D; 2 – B; 3 – A; 4 – B; 5 – B;
6 – B; 7 – B; 8 – D; 9 – B; 10 – A;
11 – C; 12 – B; 13 – A; 14 – C;
15 – C; 16 – C; 17 – D; 18 – B;
19 – C; 20 – A.


Source: Iowa City Press Citizen, Iowa City, Iowa, Wednesday, May 08, 1946


Transcribed by Sharon R. Becker, Feb 2013