The Ultimate World War II Quiz

World War II ended over 75 years ago when the Allied Forces were able to defeat the Axis Powers, thereby restoring some sense of peace to the world. The war was the worst in human history, with millions of casualties and several cities destroyed. It sparked the beginning of nuclear warfare and changed the world for those living in it.

But do you know your World War II history? Do the terms D-Day and Turkey Shoot Out mean anything to you? Do you know how the war started or how it ended? Let’s find out exactly how much you remember about the war!

World War II ended over 75 years ago when the Allied Forces were able to defeat the Axis Powers, thereby restoring some sense of peace to the world. The war was the worst in human history, with millions of casualties and several cities destroyed. It sparked the beginning of nuclear warfare and changed the world for those living in it.

But do you know your World War II history? Do the terms D-Day and Turkey Shoot Out mean anything to you? Do you know how the war started or how it ended? Let’s find out exactly how much you remember about the war!

Before World War II, the Soviets and Nazi Germany signed the Nonaggression Pact. How many years after did it fall apart?

  • 10 years
  • 5 years
  • 2 years
  • 1 year

The German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact (August 1939) was an agreement between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, stating that the two countries would not take military action against each other for the next 10 years. It fell apart in June 1941 when Germany invaded the Soviet Union.

The German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact (August 1939) was an agreement between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, stating that the two countries would not take military action against each other for the next 10 years. It fell apart in June 1941 when Germany invaded the Soviet Union.

Which act is said to be the catalyst for World War II?

  • Germany’s submission to Italy
  • Britain’s bombing of the Soviet Union
  • France and Italy’s coalition
  • Germany’s invasion of Poland

On September 1st, 1939, German troops invaded Poland, their Luftwaffe bombed Polish airfields, and their warships attacked Polish naval forces. Polish allies Britain and France declared war on Germany just two days later.

On September 1st, 1939, German troops invaded Poland, their Luftwaffe bombed Polish airfields, and their warships attacked Polish naval forces. Polish allies Britain and France declared war on Germany just two days later.

On April 9th, 1940, Germany launched its first major strike against Norway and __.

  • France
  • Denmark
  • Japan
  • Portugal

When WWII began in 1939, Norway and Denmark declared themselves neutral, but that did not stop the Germans from invading those territories for strategic purposes.

When WWII began in 1939, Norway and Denmark declared themselves neutral, but that did not stop the Germans from invading those territories for strategic purposes.

The United States’ 1940 Selective Training and Service Act required men between what age to register for the draft?

  • 21 and 45
  • 16 and 21
  • 25 and 60
  • 30 and 50

The Selective Training and Service Act (1940) was a nationwide military draft that allowed the country to gain troops quickly in the event of war. All males between the age of 18 and 45 were subject to military service.

The Selective Training and Service Act (1940) was a nationwide military draft that allowed the country to gain troops quickly in the event of war. All males between the age of 18 and 45 were subject to military service.

Which of the following was not one of the main Axis powers?

  • Japan
  • Italy
  • France
  • Germany

The Axis Powers was a coalition spearheaded by Germany, Italy and Japan. They were opposed by the Allied Powers; Great Britain, the Soviet Union, China and the United States.

The Axis Powers was a coalition spearheaded by Germany, Italy and Japan. They were opposed by the Allied Powers; Great Britain, the Soviet Union, China and the United States.

Why did the United States get involved?

  • The Germans declared war on Puerto Rico
  • China plotted against them
  • Italy invaded several African countries
  • The Japanese bombed the U.S. base at Pearl Harbor

Although the U.S. was not a part of the war, Japan assumed that they would join Great Britain to help fight their efforts to colonize Eastern Asia. To weaken them, Japan bombed their naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in December 1941. The U.S. then declared war on Japan, joining the war.

Although the U.S. was not a part of the war, Japan assumed that they would join Great Britain to help fight their efforts to colonize Eastern Asia. To weaken them, Japan bombed their naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in December 1941. The U.S. then declared war on Japan, joining the war.

How long did it take Congress to approve Roosevelt’s request to declare war after the bombing of Pearl Harbor?

  • 10 hours
  • 1 day
  • 1 week
  • 1 month

Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 and on December 8th, 1941, the US Congress approved President Franklin Roosevelt’s request to declare war on Japan. It was unanimously approved 82-0.

Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 and on December 8th, 1941, the US Congress approved President Franklin Roosevelt’s request to declare war on Japan. It was unanimously approved 82-0.

The United States Marines used codes from these Native American people during the war.

  • The Navajo
  • The Cherokee
  • The Apache
  • The Cheyenne

In 1942, several Navajo men joined the U.S. Marines and they developed an unbreakable code that was used throughout the war. They were referred to as the Navajo Code Talkers and helped the US through Iwo Jima, Peleliu, and even Tarawa.

In 1942, several Navajo men joined the U.S. Marines and they developed an unbreakable code that was used throughout the war. They were referred to as the Navajo Code Talkers and helped the US through Iwo Jima, Peleliu, and even Tarawa.

At the time of the war, he was the leader of Nazi Germany?

  • Paul von Hindenburg
  • William I
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Ludwig Erhard

Adolf Hitler became the leader of the Nazi Party in 1921 and ruled Germany in a totalitarian state from 1933 to 1945. His rule ended in 1945 and shortly after Germany’s surrender.

Adolf Hitler became the leader of the Nazi Party in 1921 and ruled Germany in a totalitarian state from 1933 to 1945. His rule ended in 1945 and shortly after Germany’s surrender.

Rumor has it that one of Hitler’s relatives fought for the Allies. Who was he?

  • His son
  • His brother
  • His cousin
  • His nephew

William Patrick Hitler was the English nephew of Adolf Hitler. He immigrated to the United States in 1939 and became stranded when World War II began. He joined the U.S. Navy where he was awarded a Purple Heart.

William Patrick Hitler was the English nephew of Adolf Hitler. He immigrated to the United States in 1939 and became stranded when World War II began. He joined the U.S. Navy where he was awarded a Purple Heart.

What were Kamikaze pilots known for?

  • Deliberately crashing into enemy targets
  • Infiltrating enemy territories in the dead of night
  • Flying upside down
  • Flying above the clouds

Kamikaze is a word used to refer to Japanese World War II pilots who deliberately crashed their aircrafts into enemy targets. Most planes were loaded with extra gasoline or with bombs. In total, they sank 34 ships and killed almost 5,000 people.

Kamikaze is a word used to refer to Japanese World War II pilots who deliberately crashed their aircrafts into enemy targets. Most planes were loaded with extra gasoline or with bombs. In total, they sank 34 ships and killed almost 5,000 people.

In 1940 German Armed Forces Luftwaffe conducted air raids over what country?

  • Ireland
  • Britain
  • Poland
  • Croatia

The German Luftwaffe, also known as the German Air Force attacked Great Britain in a destructive air raid from July to September 1941. If they had won, it would have led to Germany’s invasion of Great Britain, leading to control France’s ports.

The German Luftwaffe, also known as the German Air Force attacked Great Britain in a destructive air raid from July to September 1941. If they had won, it would have led to Germany’s invasion of Great Britain, leading to control France’s ports.

What was the “Manhattan Project”?

  • America’s effort to develop nuclear weapons
  • America’s attempt to use Manhattan as a military base
  • A treaty between the United States and Britain
  • The name of a spy detecting device

The Manhattan Project was the code name used to refer to the American-led project to develop nuclear weapons during the Second World War. They were supported by the United Kingdom and Canada.

The Manhattan Project was the code name used to refer to the American-led project to develop nuclear weapons during the Second World War. They were supported by the United Kingdom and Canada.

In what Japanese cities were two nuclear bombs dropped?

  • Tokyo and Osaka
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Kyoto and Yokohama
  • Kawasaki and Sapporo

On August 6th, 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, killing some 80,000 people. Less than a week later, a second B-29 bomber dropped a bomb over Nagasaki, killing 40,000 people. The Japanese emperor announced their surrender from the war on August 15th.

On August 6th, 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, killing some 80,000 people. Less than a week later, a second B-29 bomber dropped a bomb over Nagasaki, killing 40,000 people. The Japanese emperor announced their surrender from the war on August 15th.

Before Japan surrendered, rumor has it that a third nuclear bomb would have been dropped over which city?

  • Nagoya
  • Kobe
  • Tokyo
  • Fukuoka

According to the Spaatz Papers from a manuscript from the Library of Congress, the United States had plans to drop another bomb over Japan, specifically over Tokyo, as a wake-up call to their government.

According to the Spaatz Papers from a manuscript from the Library of Congress, the United States had plans to drop another bomb over Japan, specifically over Tokyo, as a wake-up call to their government.

In 1941, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in a plan known as __.

  • Operation Overlord
  • Operation Mincemeat
  • Operation Paperclip
  • Operation Barbarossa

Operation Barbarossa, also called Operation Fritz, is the code-named used to describe Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union beginning on June 22nd, 1941. The German’s failed and it one of the biggest turning points in the war.

Operation Barbarossa, also called Operation Fritz, is the code-named used to describe Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union beginning on June 22nd, 1941. The German’s failed and it one of the biggest turning points in the war.

Who is the “Man who Never Was”?

  • The British general who disappeared without a trace
  • The corpse used to deceive the Germans
  • The secret agent who infiltrated several enemy camps without detection
  • The soldier who worked as a double agent for both sides

The Man Who Never Was is the name of a thriller and novel chronicling the events of Operation Mincemeat. The corpse of a man attached to a briefcase was intentionally slipped overboard off the coast of Spain with the goal of Germans finding the body. The falsified letters in the case led the Germans to move their troops into a trap.

The Man Who Never Was is the name of a thriller and novel chronicling the events of Operation Mincemeat. The corpse of a man attached to a briefcase was intentionally slipped overboard off the coast of Spain with the goal of Germans finding the body. The falsified letters in the case led the Germans to move their troops into a trap.

Approximately how many women joined the Armed Forces during World War II?

  • 25,000
  • 100,000
  • 250,000
  • 350,000

Over 350,000 women served in the U.S. Armed Forces in World War II, in the U.S. and abroad. The move was pushed by then first-lady Eleanor Roosevelt after the British allowed women to join their service.

Over 350,000 women served in the U.S. Armed Forces in World War II, in the U.S. and abroad. The move was pushed by then first-lady Eleanor Roosevelt after the British allowed women to join their service.

What was the name of the Germans’ ciphering machine?

  • The Enigma machine
  • The Combustion machine
  • The Satellite machine
  • The Tomahawk machine

The Enigma machine was a device used by the German military to encode messages before and during the Second World War. The code was broken by the Poles in the 1930s, who then turned over the information to the British.

The Enigma machine was a device used by the German military to encode messages before and during the Second World War. The code was broken by the Poles in the 1930s, who then turned over the information to the British.

According to historians, Germany’s invasion of ___ in 1941 is what turned the tide of the war.

  • Canada
  • United States
  • The Soviet Union
  • France

In 1941, the Germans invaded the Soviet Union in a plan known as Operation Barbarossa. Over 3 million soldiers launched a surprise attack making it the deadliest battle in World War II. The German’s failed which as a major turning point in the war.

In 1941, the Germans invaded the Soviet Union in a plan known as Operation Barbarossa. Over 3 million soldiers launched a surprise attack making it the deadliest battle in World War II. The German’s failed which as a major turning point in the war.

During what June 1942 battle did the U.S. Navy defeat the Imperial Japanese Navy?

  • The Battle of Iwo Jima
  • The Battle of Stalingrad
  • The Battle of Moscow
  • The Battle of Midway

The Battle of Midway was a conflict between the U.S. Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy taking place only six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was an attempt by the Japanese to gain air and naval superiority over the Western Pacific.

The Battle of Midway was a conflict between the U.S. Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy taking place only six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was an attempt by the Japanese to gain air and naval superiority over the Western Pacific.

During the Casablanca Conference in 1943, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US President Franklin Roosevelt announced that they wanted __ from the Axis powers.

  • Absolute surrender
  • An apology
  • $5 billion
  • Land

The Casablanca Conference (January 1943) was a World War II meeting held in Casablanca, Morocco. The meeting was between British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Franklin Roosevelt, as well as several military leaders. It was to discuss the future of the western Allies strategy.

The Casablanca Conference (January 1943) was a World War II meeting held in Casablanca, Morocco. The meeting was between British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Franklin Roosevelt, as well as several military leaders. It was to discuss the future of the western Allies strategy.

What are V1 and V2?

  • Secret agents
  • Naval ships
  • Missiles
  • Fighter jets

The V weapons (Vergeltungswaffens), specifically V1 and V2 were two long-range missiles launched by the Germans during World War II. They were used against the British and other European Allies between 1944 and 1945.

The V weapons (Vergeltungswaffens), specifically V1 and V2 were two long-range missiles launched by the Germans during World War II. They were used against the British and other European Allies between 1944 and 1945.

In what year did Italy switch sides and declare war on Germany?

  • 1941
  • 1943
  • 1945
  • 1947

Italy joined the war in 1940 as one of the main Axis Powers. In 1943, the Italians had lost control of several African countries, and their cities were bombed regularly. On April 13th, 1943, the Italian declared war on Germany, joining the Allies.

Italy joined the war in 1940 as one of the main Axis Powers. In 1943, the Italians had lost control of several African countries, and their cities were bombed regularly. On April 13th, 1943, the Italian declared war on Germany, joining the Allies.

What was the code name of the Allied Forces’ invasion of Normandy?

  • Operation Mulberry
  • Operation Avalanche
  • Operation Cobra
  • Operation Overlord

Operation Overlord, also known as the Normandy Invasion or D-Day was the successful invasion of German-occupied Europe during World War II. It lasted for 2 months and 3 weeks.

Operation Overlord, also known as the Normandy Invasion or D-Day was the successful invasion of German-occupied Europe during World War II. It lasted for 2 months and 3 weeks.

What was the longest battle of World War II?

  • The Battle of Crete
  • The Battle of the Atlantic
  • The Battle of Anzio
  • The Battle of Monte Cassino

The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest of World War II. It covered much of the Naval warfare and by the end over 3,000 ships had been sunk and over 800 U-boats, as well as battleships, warships, and destroyers.

The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest of World War II. It covered much of the Naval warfare and by the end over 3,000 ships had been sunk and over 800 U-boats, as well as battleships, warships, and destroyers.

These three S’s stayed neutral during the second world war. Who were they?

  • Spain, Switzerland, and Sweden
  • Serbia, Senegal, and Singapore
  • Spain, South Africa, and Sudan
  • Surinam, Slovenia, and Seychelles

When the Second World War began, several countries declared neutrality, including Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Vatican, among others.

When the Second World War began, several countries declared neutrality, including Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Vatican, among others.

What was the name of the 1944 decoy tactic used by the Allies to deceive Germany?

  • Operation Downfall
  • Operation Cobra
  • Operation Fortitude
  • Operation Jubilee

Operation Fortitude was the code name used to refer to a military deception plan by the Allied Forces to mislead the German army by concealing their location in the invasion of Normandy.

Operation Fortitude was the code name used to refer to a military deception plan by the Allied Forces to mislead the German army by concealing their location in the invasion of Normandy.

What was the nickname given to the Battle of the Philippine Sea?

  • Taking Down the Overlord
  • Magic Carpet Sendoff
  • Going to the Market
  • Great Marianas Turkey Shoot

The Battle of the Philippine Sea was a World War II naval battle nicknamed The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot. Lieutenant Ziegel W. Neff said, “…, this is like an old-fashioned turkey shoot,” and since it took place near the Mariana Islands, it earned its nickname.

The Battle of the Philippine Sea was a World War II naval battle nicknamed The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot. Lieutenant Ziegel W. Neff said, “…, this is like an old-fashioned turkey shoot,” and since it took place near the Mariana Islands, it earned its nickname.

Where did the Battle of the Bulge take place?

  • The Ardennes
  • Porto
  • The Canary Islands
  • Lazio region

The Battle of the Bulge (December 1944 to January 1945) was Germany’s last big offensive campaign during World War II. It took place in the Ardennes region of Belgium, France, and Luxembourg.

The Battle of the Bulge (December 1944 to January 1945) was Germany’s last big offensive campaign during World War II. It took place in the Ardennes region of Belgium, France, and Luxembourg.

How long did World War II last?

  • 1 – 2 years
  • 3 – 4 years
  • 5 – 6 years
  • 7 – 8 years

The Second World War lasted for six years and one day, to be exact. It started on September 1st 1939, when Germany invaded Poland and ended on September 2nd 1945, when Japan surrendered.

The Second World War lasted for six years and one day, to be exact. It started on September 1st 1939, when Germany invaded Poland and ended on September 2nd 1945, when Japan surrendered.

On what mountain was Joe Rosenthal’s famous photo “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” taken

  • Mount Fuji
  • Mount Suribachi
  • Mount Misen
  • Mount Inasa

On September 23rd, 1945, six U.S. marines were photographed planting an American flag on top of Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima. The picture was taken by Joe Rosenthal.

On September 23rd, 1945, six U.S. marines were photographed planting an American flag on top of Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima. The picture was taken by Joe Rosenthal.

What does the abbreviation VE mean?

  • Visible Emission
  • Vernal Equinox
  • Velocity Engine
  • Victory in Europe

On May 8th, 1945, Great Britain and the United States celebrated VE Day or Victory in Europe Day. It commemorated the defeat of the Nazis laid down their arms in World War II.

On May 8th, 1945, Great Britain and the United States celebrated VE Day or Victory in Europe Day. It commemorated the defeat of the Nazis laid down their arms in World War II.

What international organization was created at the end of World War II?

  • International Monetary Fund
  • United Nations
  • World Health Organization
  • World Bank

The United Nations was created at the end of the Second World War (October 24th, 1945) as a peacekeeping organization for resolving conflict between nations. It replaced the League of Nations.

The United Nations was created at the end of the Second World War (October 24th, 1945) as a peacekeeping organization for resolving conflict between nations. It replaced the League of Nations.

In what 1925 memoire did Adolf Hitler write about a war in Europe?

  • Dreams from My Father
  • A Moveable Feast
  • Mein Kampf
  • Until the Final Hour

Mein Kampf, German for “My Struggle” was a manifesto written by Adolf Hitler. The controversial book was a blueprint of his agenda and was banned in several countries around the world.

Mein Kampf, German for “My Struggle” was a manifesto written by Adolf Hitler. The controversial book was a blueprint of his agenda and was banned in several countries around the world.

Which of these Germans was involved in a plot to dispose of Adolf Hitler?

  • Claus von Stauffenberg
  • Erwin Rommel
  • Heinrich Himmler
  • Eberhard Finckh

Claus von Stauffenberg was a German army officer and main conspirator of the July plot - an attempt to seize control of the German government. Although he successfully placed a bomb in Hitler’s headquarters, it failed to hurt the dictator.

Claus von Stauffenberg was a German army officer and main conspirator of the July plot - an attempt to seize control of the German government. Although he successfully placed a bomb in Hitler’s headquarters, it failed to hurt the dictator.

What happened to Hitler in 1945?

  • He was captured
  • He died
  • He abdicated his throne
  • He disappeared

Knowing that the Allied forces were closing in, Hitler has been hiding in an underground bunker in Berlin. On April 30, both he, and his wife, Eva Braun ended their lives.

Knowing that the Allied forces were closing in, Hitler has been hiding in an underground bunker in Berlin. On April 30, both he, and his wife, Eva Braun ended their lives.

What happened to Harry Truman in 1945?

  • He died
  • He got married
  • He became president
  • He retired

On April 12th, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage. A few hours later, Harry Truman took the oath and became the president of the United States.

On April 12th, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage. A few hours later, Harry Truman took the oath and became the president of the United States.

Where did the surviving Nazi Germany leaders stand trial?

  • Frankfurt
  • Berlin
  • Munich
  • Nuremberg

The Nuremberg trials, named after the German city, they were held in, were a series of 13 trials mean to bring Nazi war criminals to justice. It consisted of several high-ranking military officers, lawyers, and even doctors charged for their role in Hitler’s regime.

The Nuremberg trials, named after the German city, they were held in, were a series of 13 trials mean to bring Nazi war criminals to justice. It consisted of several high-ranking military officers, lawyers, and even doctors charged for their role in Hitler’s regime.

What was the only country to not get a share of Germany after World War II?

  • Canada
  • Britain
  • Soviet Union
  • France

After World War II, Germany was divided into zones that were occupied by the Soviets, the Americans, the British, and the French. Although Canada helped the Allies, they did not participate in the division of Germany.

After World War II, Germany was divided into zones that were occupied by the Soviets, the Americans, the British, and the French. Although Canada helped the Allies, they did not participate in the division of Germany.

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