50 Questions on World War II

  1. What event marked the beginning of World War II in Europe?
    • Invasion
  2. Which country was invaded by Nazi Germany on September 1, 1939?
    • Poland
  3. What was the codename for the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944?
    • D-Day
  4. Who was the leader of Nazi Germany during World War II?
    • Hitler
  5. What event led to the United States’ entry into World War II?
    • Pearl Harbor
  6. Which two cities in Japan were bombed with atomic weapons by the United States in 1945?
    • Hiroshima, Nagasaki
  7. What was the Nazi regime’s systematic genocide of 6 million Jews during the war called?
    • Holocaust
  8. What was the alliance of Germany, Italy, and Japan during World War II called?
    • Axis
  9. Which battle is known for turning the tide of the war in favor of the Allies in the Pacific?
    • Midway
  10. What was the code name for the Soviet Union’s counter-offensive against Nazi Germany?
    • Operation Bagration
  11. What was the main goal of the Manhattan Project during World War II?
    • Atomic bomb
  12. What was the outcome of the Battle of Stalingrad?
    • Soviet victory
  13. Which country did the Nazis invade in 1940 through the Ardennes Forest?
    • France
  14. Who was the British Prime Minister during most of World War II?
    • Churchill
  15. What were the “Nuremberg Trials” after World War II?
    • War crime trials
  16. What was the name of the American bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima?
    • Enola Gay
  17. What was the name of the French puppet government under Nazi control during World War II?
    • Vichy
  18. Which country was invaded by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939, leading to two occupations?
    • Poland
  19. What was the purpose of the Yalta Conference in 1945?
    • Post-war plans
  20. What was the “Blitzkrieg” strategy used by Nazi Germany during the war?
    • Lightning warfare
  21. Who was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe during D-Day?
    • Eisenhower
  22. What was the code name for the German invasion of the Soviet Union?
    • Operation Barbarossa
  23. What was the significance of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II?
    • German counteroffensive
  24. Which country was under martial law during the war and became a significant battlefield?
    • Philippines
  25. What was the goal of the “Final Solution” in Nazi ideology?
    • Jewish genocide
  26. What was the purpose of the Lend-Lease Act passed by the United States in 1941?
    • Aid to Allies
  27. What was the name of the iconic flag-raising event on Iwo Jima during the war?
    • Raising the Flag
  28. Which country did Japan invade in 1937, leading to the Second Sino-Japanese War?
    • China
  29. What was the result of the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Pacific theater?
    • Allied victory
  30. What was the “Bataan Death March” during World War II?
    • Forced march
  31. What was the goal of the Allied bombing campaign known as “Operation Gomorrah” in 1943?
    • Destruction of Hamburg
  32. What was the “Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact” between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939?
    • Non-aggression pact
  33. Which country was occupied by Nazi Germany after the fall of France in 1940?
    • France
  34. What was the purpose of the United Nations in the post-war world?
    • Peace and cooperation
  35. What was the code name for the Allied invasion of Southern France in 1944?
    • Operation Dragoon
  36. What was the significance of the Battle of El Alamein in North Africa during the war?
    • Allied victory
  37. Who was the leader of the Soviet Union during World War II?
    • Stalin
  38. What was the purpose of the “Nanjing Massacre” by Japanese forces in 1937?
    • Mass killing
  39. What was the “Battle of Britain” and its significance during the war?
    • Aerial battle
  40. What was the impact of the “Hirohito Surrender Broadcast” in 1945?
    • Japanese surrender
  41. What was the outcome of the Battle of Kursk, one of the largest tank battles in history?
    • Soviet victory
  42. What was the significance of the “Flying Tigers” in the China-Burma-India theater?
    • American volunteer pilots
  43. What was the purpose of the “Casablanca Conference” between Allied leaders in 1943?
    • War strategy
  44. What was the role of the “Women’s Army Corps” (WAC) during World War II?
    • Female military service
  45. What was the name of the German air raid on the British city of Coventry in 1940?
    • Coventry Blitz
  46. What was the goal of the “Tuskegee Airmen” during World War II?
    • African American pilots
  47. What was the purpose of the “Manzanar Internment Camp” in the United States during the war?
    • Japanese American internment
  48. What was the outcome of the “Battle of Leyte Gulf,” one of the largest naval battles in history?
    • Allied victory
  49. What was the “Molotov cocktail” used for during World War II?
    • Incendiary device
  50. What was the name of the operation to capture Adolf Eichmann in 1960 for his role in the Holocaust?
    • Operation Eichmann

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