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How Much Do You Know About WWII?

Let's see if you were paying attention at school.

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  1. What year did WWII begin in Europe?

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    1918
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    1933
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    1939
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    1941
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    1939

    WWII began in Europe on 1 September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later.

  2. What country was Hitler born in?

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    Germany
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    Austria-Hungary
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    Czechoslovakia
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    Belgium
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    Austria-Hungary

    Adolf Hitler was born on 20 April 1889 in Braunau am Inn, a town in Austria-Hungary, which is in present-day Austria.

  3. Who is this man?

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    Winston Churchill
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    Benito Mussolini
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    Joseph Stalin
  4. What year did America declare war on Germany?

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    1939
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    1940
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    1941
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    1942
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    1941

    On December 11, 1941, the United States Congress declared war upon Germany after Germany declared war on the United States following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

  5. Which of these things were not rationed in the UK during WW2?

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    Bread
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    Bread
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    Butter
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    Butter
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    Cheese
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    Cheese
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    Bacon
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    Bacon
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    Bread

    Bread was not rationed until the war ended. A bad harvest in 1946 meant that bread began to be rationed, and didn't come off ration until 1948. Meat and a few other types of rationing continued until 1954! This picture shows the weekly ration for two people in 1943.

    Bread
    Via Imperial War Museum / commons.wikimedia.org
  6. What does WAAF stand for?

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    Women's Auxiliary Air Force
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    Women's Anti Aviation Force
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    Women's Agricultural Action Force
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    Women's Auxiliary Air Force

    Women's Auxiliary Air Force
    Via RAF / Creative Commons / en.wikipedia.org
  7. Where did Germany decide the “final solution”?

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    The Berlin Conference
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    The Paris Conference
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    The Wannsee Conference
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    The Potsdam Conference
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    The Wannsee Conference

    The Wannsee Conference was a meeting of senior Nazi officials in January 1942. The "final solution" was to determine the fate of the remaining European Jews.

    The Wannsee Conference
    Via A.Savin / Creative Commons / en.wikipedia.org
  8. What country's air force are these planes from?

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    USA
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    France
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    Germany
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    Britain
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    Britain

    The circle logo is the RAF logo.

  9. What were American soldiers called?

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    GIs
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    PAs
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    USs
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    JOs
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    G.I's

    British women who married American soldiers stationed in the country were called G.I. brides.

  10. What happened at Dunkirk?

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    Germany invaded France
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    British forces retreated back across the channel
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    Germany surrendered
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    Belgium was defeated
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    British forces retreated back across the channel

  11. What city was this famous photograph taken in?

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    London
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    Berlin
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    Marseilles
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    Amsterdam
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    Marseilles

    The iconic image of the "weeping Frenchman" is sometimes thought to have been taken in Paris; in fact it was taken in Marseilles. Life Magazine published the image in March 1941, captioned "a Frenchman sheds tears of patriotic grief as the flags of his country's last regiments are exiled to Africa." The flags of fallen France were being marched through the streets of Marseilles to the port on their way to Africa.

  12. What was code name given to Germany's invasion of the USSR?

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    Operation Ironclad
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    Operation Barbarossa
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    Operation Ostfront
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    Operation Bernhard
  13. What cartoon character were gas masks designed for British children named after?

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    Donald Duck
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    Mickey Mouse
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    Popeye
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    Bugs Bunny
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    Mickey Mouse

    In the USA gas masks for children were partly designed by Walt Disney. The British versions didn't look very much like Mickey Mouse, but still had the same nickname.

  14. What happened at Bletchley Park?

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    It was the location of Churchill's secret wartime bunker
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    A conference to determine the future of post war Germany
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    The internment of axis prisoners of war
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    Cracking the German Enigma machine code
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    Cracking the German Enigma machine code

    Bletchley park was the secret site of British codebreaking during WW2.

  15. Who sang the iconic WWII song "We'll Meet Again"?

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    Anne Shelton
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    Dame Vera Lynn
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    Gracie Fields
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    Glenn Miller
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    Dame Vera Lynn

    During WWII the "forces sweetheart" Dame Vera Lynn became incredibly well known for her music and performances for British troops serving abroad.

  16. Who was present at the Yalta conference?

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    Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini
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    FDR, Churchill, Stalin
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    Hitler, Chamberlain, Stalin
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    FDR, Churchill, Stalin

    The purpose of the 1945 conference was to discuss Europe's post-war reorganization.

    FDR, Churchill, Stalin
    Via Creative Commons / en.wikipedia.org
  17. On what day was this iconic photograph taken?

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    VJ Day
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    VE Day
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    D Day
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    VI Day
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    VJ Day

    The couple, who did not know each other, were famously photographed kissing in Times Square on Victory over Japan Day in 1945. Many people have come forward claiming to be each of the people in the photograph.

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