World War II Quiz


It was the time of what some people call the "greatest generation." Those who lived through it understand all too well how the war changed and shaped their lives. Find out how much you really know about World War II in our quiz.

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Question 1 of 10

In what year did World War II begin?


... Although the U.S. didn't get involved until Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941, the war began a few years earlier when Germany invaded Poland in 1939.


Question 2 of 10

What special tactic did Germany take against Poland?

greller blitz
guerrilla warfare

... The Germans used blitzkrieg, meaning "lightning war." The object was to attack so swiftly and penetrate so deeply that the enemy would be unable to recover.


Question 3 of 10

How did the U.S. officially enter war with Germany?

Germany declared war on the U.S..
The U.S. declared war on Germany.
The U.S. and Germany never officially declared war on each other.

... After Pearl Harbor, the U.S. declared war on Japan. In response, Germany -- Japan's ally -- declared war on the U.S.


Question 4 of 10

Who was the Desert Fox?

Erwin Rommel
Siegfried Knappe
Joseph Goebbels

... An expert in tank warfare, Erwin Rommel was called the Desert Fox for his genius in directing German troops in north Africa during World War II.


Question 5 of 10

What day was D-day?

on June 6, 1944
on June 16, 1944
on June 26, 1944

... Allied forces landed on the Normandy beach on June 6, 1944 in what is considered D-Day.


Question 6 of 10

Which of the following was NOT a member of the Big Three?


... Hitler was not a member of the Big Three. It was made up of Allied leaders Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin.


Question 7 of 10

Who was Neville Chamberlain?

an American war hero
a British general
Churchill's predecessor

... Chamberlain was prime minister of Great Britain before Churchill. His program for dealing with Hitler was one of appeasement, that is, of attempting to meet German grievances in hopes of avoiding war. This didn't work out too well, however.


Question 8 of 10

At which conference did top Nazi leaders meet to decide on what they called "the final solution of the Jewish question"?

Tehran Conference
Wannsee Conference
Yalta Conference

... At the Wannsee Conference in 1942, top Nazi leaders decided upon what they called the “final solution of the Jewish question” -- the extermination of the Jews.


Question 9 of 10

Which of the following countries was never a member of the Axis?


... Turkey was neutral during World War II. Shortly before World War II began in 1939, Germany and Italy formed a military alliance. The next year, Japan joined. During the war, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Croatia became members of the Axis.


Question 10 of 10

Which of the following battles was a major Soviet victory and turning point in the war?

Battle of Moscow
Battle of Stalingrad
Battle of Bialystok-Minsk

... The Soviets threw back the German invasion force at the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in a battle that raged from August, 1942, to February, 1943. It was the turning point of the war in Europe, as Germany thereafter was forced to assume the defensive.


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