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Which were the two groups of nations involved in the war called?

The Allied powers comprised of the U.S., Britain, China, France, and the USSR, among others. While the Axis powers included Italy, Japan, and Germany.

How long did World War II last?

The Second World War started in 1939 and ended in 1945. The war had long-lasting effects on international politics.

Who was the President of the USA during the attack on Pearl Harbor?

In his address to Congress and the nation, President Roosevelt called December 7, 1941 (the day of the Pearl Harbor attack) as “a date which will live in infamy”.

Which among these was a contributing factor for World War II?

The political takeover of Germany by Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party and the rise of Italian Fascism after World War I led to political instability in Europe.

Which country was not part of the Allies?

Initially, a neutral territory, Finland decided to join Germany in the Second World War to recover a part of its territory lost to the USSR.

Which country was not part of the Axis?

Despite pressures from the Allies as well as Axis powers, Portugal remained neutral throughout the Second World War.

Which event forced USA to become completely involved in World War II?

After the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, USA formally declared war against the Axis powers including Germany, Italy, Romania, Hungary, and Bulgaria.

Which treaty was signed by the Soviet Union and Germany before the war?

On August 23, 1939, a nonaggression pact was signed by the Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov and German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop.

In which year did Adolf Hitler become the self-appointed Fuhrer of Germany?

Elected as the Chancellor of Germany in 1933, Hitler joined the President's office to become the Fuhrer of Germany in 1934.

What was the alliance treaty signed between Italy and Germany?

Originally called the Pact of Blood by Mussolini, the Pact of Steel was signed in 1939, wherein both countries offered unconditional support to each other in the event of war.

Which treaty ended World War I and became one of the reasons for World War II?

Signed in 1919, the Treaty of Versailles ended World War I by imposing reparations on Germany, which led to German resentment, and thus, led to World War II.

Which war of the 1930s was used as a trial run for the military tactics of WWII?

War tactics and early production models were tested and refined during the Spanish Civil War between the German-supported Fascist government of General Franco against the Soviet-supported Republican government.

Which conference was the last attempt to appease Germany and avoid World War II?

After a long series of negotiations, the Munich Conference was held in 1938 among the leaders of France, Italy, Great Britain, and Germany.

What was the name of the line of fortification between the French and German border?

Named after the French Minister of War André Maginot, the Maginot Line was a line of obstacles, weapon installations, and fortifications made of concrete. It was built by the French to safeguard against German invasion.

In 1940, a British Expeditionary Force was made to evacuate France through the French port of –

After the German army trapped them on the beaches of Dunkirk, the Allied forces comprising hundreds of thousands of British and French soldiers were rescued through Operation Dynamo.

What was the name of the leader of the Soviet Union during World War II?

Joseph Stalin was a revolutionary and Soviet politician who became the premiere of the Soviet Union in the 1920s until 1953.

On which date was Pearl Harbor attacked?

A surprise military attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service on the USA took place in 1941. The attack compelled the United States to formally enter WWII.

Which Japanese island was captured by the United States Marine Corps in a major battle in 1945?

The US captured Iwo Jima, which became a strategic location for the Allies to attack Japan.

Which Commanding General of the German Afrika Korps was called ‘The Desert Fox’?

With his “fox-like” sneak attacks, German General Johannes Erwin Rommel helped Italian troops maintain their position in the deserts of North Africa.

The firebombing of which German city led to one of the most devastating civilian tragedies during WWII?

Leveling most of the city, the firebombing of Dresden by the Allies led to nearly hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths.

What happened on D-Day?

On D-Day (codenamed Operation Neptune), the Allied forces attacked and defeated the German army on the coast of Normandy. This marked one of the watershed moments of WWII.

On which Japanese city did the USA drop an atom bomb?

A uranium-based atom bomb, which was codenamed “Little Boy”, was dropped by a Boeing B-29 plane on Hiroshima in August 1945.

What caused the death of Adolf Hitler?

Although Hitler committed suicide on 30 April 1945, he was officially declared dead by a German court only in 1956.

What was the code name of the American project to develop the atom bomb?

Leading scientists and physicians such as Robert Oppenheimer and Enrico Fermi were part of the Manhattan Project.

Which US president did not serve in WWII?

Roosevelt served during the Spanish-American war. He is the only US president to have received the Medal of Honor.

Which country was defeated by the US in the Battle of Midway?

Fought between June 4 and 7, 1942, the Battle of Midway gave the Allies easier access to Japanese-occupied territories.

Officials of the Nazi regime who survived the war faced trial here

Called the Nuremberg trials, these military tribunals were held by the Allied forces between 20 November 1945 and 1 October 1946, under international law and the laws of war.

Which French statesman was the leader of the Free French resistance against Nazi Germany?

After WWII, Charles de Gaulle became the president of France until 1969.

As World War II ended, who was the President of the United States?

Harry Truman held the Vice President’s post for just 82 days before he succeeded Franklin D. Roosevelt as the President of the USA, after Roosevelt’s death.

Which holiday is celebrated as the day the Allies won the war on the Pacific side?

On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered to the Allies aboard the battleship USS Missouri. This day is known as the Victory over Japan day.

What was the name of the major conference held in February 1945 between Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt?

The Yalta conference was also known as the Crimea conference. Its code name was Argonaut Conference. Held between 4 and 11 February, 1945, the conference was held to discuss the postwar reorganization of Europe and Germany. The Yalta conference was second of the major wartime conferences among USA, Russia, and England. It was followed by the Potsdam Conference in July 1945.

Who was the Japanese naval leader considered to be the mastermind of the Pearl Harbor attack?

Isoroku Yamamoto held the post of Japanese Marshal Admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy and the post of the commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet during World War 2. He was also the commander-in-chief in the early phase of the Pacific Wars.

What was the name of the French State in the south that was unoccupied by Germany in WW2?

While Italians and Germans occupied the northern and south-eastern parts of France, the French government evacuated and moved to Vichy. Vichy France was headed by Marshal Philippe Petain. Vichy became the de facto capital of the French state during World War 2.

Which ocean liner carrying over 900 Jewish refugees from Germany was denied entry into the US?

The German ocean liner MS St.Louis started off with 900 Jewish refugees escaping from Nazi Germany in 1939. The passengers were supposed to disembark in Cuba, and then travel further on to the United States. However, the ship was denied entry at Havana and then subsequently at California. This incident has inspired film, opera, and fictional stories.

Which among these was not neutral in WW2?

Norway was in the Allies camp during World War 2. The country was invaded and occupied by Germany in 1940. The Norwegian government went into exile and established itself in London. Even in exile, the Norwegian government continued to be a part of the Allies.

Where did Joe Rosenthal take his famous ‘Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima’ photograph?

Depicting six United States Marines raising the US flag, 'Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima' was taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. One of the most recognizable images of the war in the United States, the iconic photograph won a Pulitzer Prize for Photography in the same year.

Who among these US Presidents served during WW2 and was named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year thrice?

Nearly every serving president of the USA has been a TIME Person of the Year since the magazine began its list. Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only President to have been named the TIME Person of the Year three times—in 1932, 1934, and 1941.

During World War 2 who was the emperor of Japan?

Posthumously known as Showa, Emperor Hirohito was the longest serving monarch of Japan in history. After the twin atom bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Hirohito announced Japan's surrender to the nation over a radio broadcast, which was a first for an Emperor in Japanese history.

What was the type of government in Italy during WW2?

Italy had a fascist government led by Benito Mussolini, who was the leader of the country during World War 2. Mussolini led three political parties associated with the ideology of Fascism — the Revolutionary Fascist Party (PFR) founded in 1915, the Nation

What were Japanese suicide bombers called?

A word of Japanese origin, kamikaze literally means "god-wind," with the usual translation as "divine wind." The word is derived from the name the Japanese used for a typhoon that destroyed all Mongol ships during the 13th century and saved Japan from invasion. During WW2, Japanese kamikaze pilots destroyed nearly 47 vessels of the Allies.

What were German submarines called during the World War?

U-boat has been derived from the German word U-Boot or Unterseeboot; it literally means "underseaboat." While U-Boot in German refers to any type of submarine, the English version (U-boat) was used specifically for military submarines used by the Germans during both the World Wars.

What were “jungle fountains” provided to Allied soldiers?

American soldiers posted overseas used to write back home about missing ice cold Coke and soda fountains. In an effort to raise morale, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower sent a telegram requesting for bottled Coke to be shipped to the front. This is when the Coca Cola company set up facilities close to the frontlines to provide soda to the soldiers.

This American potato chips brand changed its name to Jays after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Started in 1927 by Leonard Japp, Japps Foods began by selling pretzels in a truck. Japps started selling potato chips made by using his wife's potato chip recipe. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, there were negative sentiments against the word "Jap" across the US. This led the company to change its name to Jays Foods, Inc.

Which among the following was a mascot for women who worked in factories to support war efforts?

A cultural icon, Rosie the Riveter represented the women workers in factories and shipyards during World War II. These women, who were involved in the production of munitions and supplies, replaced male workers who had left to join the military during the war. Rosie became a symbol of American feminism and women's economic advantage.

What was the name of the agreement that outlined Japan’s terms of surrender?

Also called the Proclamation Defining Terms for Japanese Surrender, Potsdam Declaration was issued by United States President Harry S. Truman, United Kingdom Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Chairman of China Chiang Kai-shek on July 26, 1945. The document issued an ultimatum to Japan stating that if the Japanese did not surrender, they would have to face "prompt and utter destruction."

WW2 - Only 1 in 50 can pass this test

05th July, 2019

World War II was one of the most significant events in world history. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about one of the biggest wars among nations.

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