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Countries in World War II Quiz

Name the countries that had at least 10,000 military deaths during WWII.
Sovereign countries that existed as of September 1, 1939
Czechoslovakia and Austria don't count because they had already been taken over by Germany
Also India doesn't count because it was part of the British Empire. Philippines was part of the US, etc...
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Deaths
Country
11,400,000
Soviet Union
5,318,000
Germany
3,750,000
China
2,300,000
Japan
446,000
Yugoslavia
407,300
United States
383,700
United Kingdom
319,200
Italy
300,000
Hungary
Deaths
Country
300,000
Romania
240,000
Poland
210,000
France
95,000
Finland
42,000
Canada
39,700
Australia
35,100
Greece
34,000
Estonia
30,000
Albania
Deaths
Country
30,000
Latvia
25,000
Lithuania
18,500
Bulgaria
18,200
Netherlands
12,000
Belgium
11,900
South Africa
11,700
New Zealand
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level ∞
Nov 17, 2016
I have majorly revamped this quiz. I increased the criteria from 1,000 to 10,000 which removed a lot of questionable cases such as Ireland, Spain, and Newfoundland. I also added the Baltic countries which were missing before, and removed Czechoslovakia which lost its sovereignty prior to the start of the war.
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level 80
Nov 18, 2016
Completely understand the rationale, but was a little disappointed to see Newfoundland drop off the list, as this quiz was how I learned it used to be it's own state.
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level 42
Apr 9, 2018
This is a quiz of countries, not countries and self-governing states.
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level 18
Apr 17, 2018
Wasn't newfoundland an independent country before in 1939?
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level 73
Dec 7, 2016
I was going to comment on this. I remember Czechoslovakia, Brazil, and Thailand all being on the quiz previously.
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level 60
Dec 8, 2016
What about Slovakia?
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level 42
Dec 9, 2016
Slovakia's independent role in WW2 could be questioned, as they were not recognized as a state by anyone besides the axis and were basically a German province with more autonomy.
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level 42
May 7, 2017
CzechoSLOVAKIA
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level 22
Jun 30, 2018
Slovakia were practically independent, it’s just a case of no recognition. Like Kosovo or North Korea. Addition of Slovakia, please.
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level 44
Jul 20, 2018
What? I'm pretty sure North Korea is fully recognised and Kosovo is recognised by a majority of countries.
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level 22
Sep 20, 2018
North Korea is not recognized by South Korea
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level 65
Aug 3, 2017
Thanks QM!
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level 39
Dec 15, 2017
You eliminated Czechoslovakia and Austria because they had already been taken over by Germany. Wasn't Poland also overrun?
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level 4
Jan 25, 2018
They were technically overrun before the war actually started. Poland majorly fought back.
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level 16
Aug 12, 2018
Germany's attack of Poland started the war.
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level 22
Apr 9, 2018
Norway & Denmark are still missing
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level 65
May 3, 2018
They didn't bother fighting.
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level 44
May 20, 2018
Yeah, Norway had around 10.000 casualties
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level 16
Sep 21, 2018
and mongolia, tannu tuva, manchuko, also the many chinese warlords thaialnd and slovakia also luxemborug
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level 26
May 30, 2018
umm there are a lot of mistakes here like ,Denmark is not on here nither is norway, and you dont add Czechoslovakia or Austria but you add Australia and new Zealand?!?!?! so you might wanna fix some things up here....
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level 44
Jul 20, 2018
That's because Denmark and Norway had less than 10,000 military casualties.
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level 60
Aug 18, 2018
Albania was annexed by Italy before September 1st 1939.
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level 70
Nov 17, 2016
Crap, totally overlooked the Baltic countries, I thought they were probably part of the USSR at that point.
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level 64
Nov 17, 2016
Yep, Me too... You're not alone my friend..
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level 70
Nov 18, 2016
and me :(
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level 75
Nov 18, 2016
Ditto, those were all I missed.
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level 66
Nov 27, 2016
Yeah, and me. Got everything bar those three.
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level 16
Aug 12, 2018
Same
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level 25
Aug 27, 2018
same
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level 59
Nov 18, 2016
They were independent prior to 1940.
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level 52
Dec 7, 2016
But by the time Hitler invaded the Baltic states they long longer were.
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level 49
Nov 23, 2016
me too!
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level 64
Nov 26, 2016
I would have missed those three if I didn't have an discussion about it with my girlfriend three hours ago. What a lucky coincidence that helped me get 25/25.
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level 66
Nov 27, 2016
QM, it looks like a lot of people are missing the three Baltic states because they assume they were part of the USSR, is it possible to include something in the intro that hints at the fact that the USSR hadn't reached its full size by Sept '39, without making it too obvious who the countries in question are? Just a thought, as a lot of people seem to be tripping up in the same way.
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level 48
Dec 7, 2016
Same here
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level 33
Nov 26, 2016
Same. I thought the whole chunk south "all the -stans" and the whole chunk west "all the eastern european countries" belonged to USSR at one time.
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level 29
Nov 28, 2016
Those countries gained sovereignty on November 11, 1918, at 11:00 am. This was when the treaty of Versailles that ended WWI was signed, partly breaking up the USSR and giving countries like Poland, Finland, and Lithuania independence. What I didn't realize was that Finland had that many military deaths and that Albania wasn't part of Yugoslavia. The more you know....
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level 54
Dec 2, 2016
Look up for the Winter War, it was one major point of the WWII, although the West cares little about the Eastern Front...
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level 60
Dec 7, 2016
Tell that date to anyone from the countries involved (including me) and you'll get some funny looks.
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level 57
Dec 7, 2016
The Winter War is an awkward one because the Finns ended up fighting against the Soviet Union, which was fine in 1940 when the Soviets weren't part of the Allies and not so ok when they did it again in 1941-44 alongside Germany and Operation Barbarossa. The reasons why were perfectly understandable - Finland only gained independence from Russia in 1918, and the Soviets considered them to be like Ukraine, Poland and various other parts of the historic Russian territory. It doesn't really fit into the Western narrative about WWII though, so it gets quietly ignored.
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level 57
Dec 7, 2016
Also you're very confused about dates. The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was signed March 3rd, 1918, between the German Empire and the Russian SFSR. The Russians ceded the Baltic states, Finland, Belarus and Ukraine. Some were made independent, some became part of the German Empire, and some weren't mentioned by name (Poland) but their territory was transferred. The Armistice was signed on Nov 11th 1918, which brought an end to the fighting on the Western Front. Versailles was signed the following year, 1919, and made de jure the independence of Poland (which had risen up against the Germans after Brest-Litvosk) and Czechoslovakia. East Prussia continued to exist in parts of what is now Poland and Lithuania until after WWII. This video explains things quite well: http://www.the-map-as-history.com/demos/tome03/Map-of-Europe-after-WW1-and-the-Versailles-Treaty.php
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level 41
Dec 7, 2016
Albania isn't even a slavic country, why would they be in Yugoslavia?
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level 49
Dec 19, 2016
It's right next to Yugoslavia? (Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro.)
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level 22
Oct 18, 2017
in 1917* not 1918 Corrode
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level 65
May 3, 2018
Finland was never part of the Soviet Union, it gained independence in 1917 and has never been a part of 'historic Russian territory' either. It was a part of Swedish Kingdom for hundreds and hundreds of years and was invaded by Russia just a while before it gained independence, in 1917 that is.
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level 16
Sep 21, 2018
yes albania was its own sovereign nation and still was after the formationof yugoslavia it became a puppet of italy in the late 30's right before the war
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level 60
Dec 7, 2016
The Baltic states were independent up to 1940, but they never declared war on either side in WWII. In 1940, the USSR annexed the Baltic states and a year later, Germany invaded the Soviet Union. After that, it was not rare to find Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians fighting their brethren on the other side of the same battle.
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level 59
Dec 7, 2016
Plus a lot of Western countries considered them occupied by the USSR.
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level 15
Apr 18, 2017
Same
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level 31
Aug 31, 2017
same
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level 49
Feb 23, 2018
the baltic countries became a part of USSR after it took them over, some were invaded by Germany some weren't.
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level 56
Nov 18, 2016
I totally forgot some eastern European countries!!
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level 67
Dec 7, 2016
no Slovakia??? seriously? was a sovereign country
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level 57
Dec 7, 2016
The First Slovak Republic wasn't recognised by any of the Allies who considered it (rightly) to be a German puppet state, and the legitimate government to be the Czechoslovak government in place before the German invasion. Which was a bit rich since it was British and French treachery which destabilised Czechoslovakia in the first place, but there you go.
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level 74
Dec 7, 2016
According to Wikipedia, it was recognized by the Soviet Union. Weren't they considered one of "the Allies"?
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level 57
Dec 8, 2016
The Soviets weren't part of the Allies when they recognised it, and they derecognised it when Slovakia took part in Operation Barbarossa: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovak_Republic_(1939%E2%80%931945) If you're being literal, the Slovak Republic did exist for a few years during the period, but the idea that it was an independent sovereign nation is pretty strange. It was a German puppet which only a handful of countries recognised, and which only existed in any sense for the duration of the war.
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level 56
Dec 7, 2016
But, but Norway and Denmark:(
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level 43
Jul 30, 2017
@NorwegianFarmer It's the old don't fight so all of our men don't die motive!
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level 21
Dec 7, 2016
if uk and usa work, nz should too
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level 73
Dec 8, 2016
Disagree that NZ is analogous to USA and UK; but I would like to see ROK, DPRK, and KSA universally accepted. Though none of those countries are on this quiz.
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level 46
May 21, 2017
Whats KSA
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level 47
May 21, 2017
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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level 35
Aug 21, 2017
and RSA for South Africa.
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level 73
Oct 18, 2017
Also ROC and PRC..
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level 57
Aug 23, 2018
N.Z. is a thousand fold more recognizable than K.S.A. I thought you meant the Klan States of America.
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level 73
Oct 20, 2018
No it's not.
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level 15
Dec 30, 2016
What was used for the calculation for "Deaths" number? Most accepted statistics put Soviet casualties at over 20 million (if you include military and civilian).
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level 58
Jan 12, 2017
It's specified that this quiz asks for military deats only.
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level 57
Jan 12, 2017
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualties
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level 24
Jan 14, 2017
missed poland im gonna kill myself
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level 69
Jan 18, 2017
Don't do it! You have so much to live for!
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level 66
Feb 16, 2017
Well a few more quizzes anyway!
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level 56
Mar 4, 2017
If Slovakia is a German puppet then why is Albania in this quiz when it was occupied by Italy before WW2 started?
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level 47
Apr 3, 2017
I thought the Canada only gained independence from the UK until afterwards. Although, Canada did have many freedoms compared to India, it was still a part of Britain. Please Correct Me if I'm wrong.
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level 66
Apr 20, 2017
The Statute of Westminster in 1931 effectively granted independence to Canada (and Australia, NZ, S Africa and Newfoundland).
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level 47
May 21, 2017
They just became Dominions of the UK not full blown countries.
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level 47
May 21, 2017
On the Wikipedia page it even says Canada didn't became fully independent until 1982.
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level 41
Nov 18, 2017
No, we were our own country with very strong ties to Britain which wouldn't be fully severed until 1980-something
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level 57
Aug 23, 2018
Wouldn't be severed until....leave the date blank like a gravestone of someone who's still living. Who's on your money and referred to everywhere? The queen of England. Who must approve or disapprove of all legislation? The queen of England's representative. Go to court? "Her majesty, blah blah blah Queen of England requests your presence".
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level 60
Apr 20, 2017
Let's be pedantic and add Danzig to the list! Danzig was a semi-souvereign state at September 1, 1939. Unfortunately, I have not found a source on the causalities of Danzig (as those are usually counted as German causalities) but one can be sure that there were more than 10'000.
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level 57
Apr 24, 2017
Denmark, Norway, Austria. None of them made it?
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level 60
May 4, 2017
Austria does not count (see header), Denmark has never fought it was just "peacefully" occupied, and Norway's regular fight was short and costed thus only about 2000 military causalities.
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level 8
Mar 15, 2018
The death toll might still be less than 10,000, but Norwegians were in the Battle of Britain fighting as R.A.F. pilots.
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level 31
May 10, 2018
denmark was not peacefully invaded. they just fell in 4 hours.
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level 56
Apr 29, 2017
Albania was no longer an independent sovereign state on 1 Sept 1939, it had been invaded by Italy 5 months previously. Slovakia might not have been recognised as being a separate country but it was certainly more independent than Albania!
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level 65
May 29, 2018
That's right about Albania.
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level 42
May 7, 2017
Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia were part of USSR at that time weren't they?
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level 59
May 19, 2017
No. They were annexed in 1940 once the war had already started. After that they did de facto cease to exist until 1991.
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level 51
May 18, 2017
Why is Albania on this quiz? It became a part of the Italian Empire in April 1939, when WWII started in September 1939.
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level 59
May 19, 2017
My thoughts exactly. If we're not going to include Austria or Czechoslovakia, Albania should not be included either.
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level 48
May 24, 2017
What about the millions of Indians who were starved to death by churchill during the WWII? History is indeed written by the victors. Everybody thinks he is some hero in the West. He is no better than Hilter or Stalin.
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level 41
Nov 18, 2017
OK, first of all, this is about military deaths. Secondly, to say that he was as bad as Hitler and Stalin is a gross exaggeration. He wasn't perfect by any means, but he is nowhere near the level of Hitler and Stalin
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level 31
May 10, 2018
churchill was the prime minister, not the royal head of the country...
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level 21
May 28, 2017
Albania was pat of Italy after they annexed it in early 1939
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level 31
May 10, 2018
they took it in 1935
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level 65
May 29, 2018
Nope. 1939.
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level 45
Aug 15, 2017
I was so caught up in the more obscure ones I missed the most obvious one; Germany
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level 39
Aug 18, 2017
Somehow managed to skim over Japan and the US
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level 28
Sep 27, 2017
I genuinely have a question why Australia, New Zealand and Canada mentioned as separate countries whereas India was not mentioned, which also took part in WWII and lost a lot of soldiers.
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level 41
Nov 18, 2017
Because Canada, Australia, and New Zealand were countries at the time, India was still a British territory
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level 14
Mar 30, 2018
Actually, it was the British Raj, a PUPPET of the UK
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level 49
Oct 18, 2017
I'm pretty sure that Portugal, Norway and Denmark participated
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level 38
Feb 10, 2018
Norway and Denmark yes, but Portugal no. I think your talking about WWI. Apparently Denmark was annexed “peacefully”, and Norway apparently had too few casualties to be on the list.
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level 31
May 10, 2018
denmark was wiped out in 4 hours...no it wasnt peaceful
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level 63
Nov 1, 2017
Funniest quiz I have done................I forgot one....................could not think of it.....................USA!!!..............because I assumed I had already included it :-)
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level 38
Dec 28, 2017
happens to me every day
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level 39
Nov 15, 2017
I forgot Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as I knew they were part of the USSR at some point...
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level 50
Nov 29, 2017
If we re including the Baltic states and Albania, then I think Slovakia should be in here, and maybe Croatia too.
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level 38
Feb 10, 2018
Slovakia and Croatia were no more recognized than puppets.
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level 45
Nov 29, 2017
This quiz would be great if it had an empty map
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level 38
Nov 29, 2017
What about Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania? They are all part of the Soviet Union.
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level 2
Mar 21, 2018
What do you mean? All those countries are now independent. The Soviet Union recognized the independence of these countries in 1991. Estonia adopted the declaration of independence 20.8.1991 and Latvia the following day. Lithuania had issued a proclamation in the early spring of 1990. Lithuania and Russia, led by Yeltsin recognized each other in July 1991. Estonia and Latvia, the Russian Federation recognized the independence after the conservative coup attempt 24.8.1991.
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level 31
May 10, 2018
they were separate states at the start of the war
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level 31
May 10, 2018
i think
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level 46
Nov 29, 2017
What did New Zealand do in WWII because I did not know they were in it?
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level 8
Mar 15, 2018
New Zealand was in it from Day 1. In December 1939, A British cruiser crewed by New Zealanders H.M.S. Achilles participated in the Battle of the River Plate. In 1940 New Zealand pilots fought in the Battle of Britain. In 1941 New Zealanders fought against the German invasion of Crete. Following that they were evacuated to Africa to join other New Zealanders fighting in the British 8th Army against Rommel. The Italians laid a minefield into which another New Zealand cruiser H.M.N.Z.S. Neptune sailed and sunk. In 1942 New Zealanders fought in the 1st Battle of El Alamein, bringing Rommel's advance to a stop, and then the 2nd Battle of El Alamein where he was forced to retreat. In 1943 New Zealand patrol boat H.M.N.Z.S. Moa was sunk by the Japanese in the Solomons. In 1944 New Zealand participated in the Battle of Cassino in Italy with heavy losses. My Grandmother's brother died a few months later in a botched river crossing near Ravenna. 11,000+ military deaths is accurate.
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level 66
Sep 24, 2018
The New Zealanders had a very good reputation as soldiers in WW2, especially in N Africa.
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level 35
Feb 28, 2018
Albania was part of italy
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level 35
Feb 28, 2018
Albania was part of italy
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level 14
Mar 30, 2018
Loads of people said that
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level 31
May 10, 2018
albania was conquered in 1935. You'd have to add other countries like ethiopia if it counts.
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level 53
May 3, 2018
Missed France...How can somebody miss France?
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level 31
May 10, 2018
what about norway and denmark???
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level 3
May 14, 2018
India had upwards of 80,000 deaths and is not included in the list. Nor is it a part of the British total death count. Yet, there's Latvia...
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level ∞
May 14, 2018
"Sovereign countries that existed as of September 1, 1939"
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level 1
Jul 2, 2018
Yes, but then you have to include the 87,000 Indian military deaths in the UK death toll (383,700 includes all colonies EXCEPT India). You have to either include India as a separate answer or include the Indian death toll in the UK total. Wildly inconsistent to exclude both.
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level 47
May 29, 2018
missed the UK. HOW??
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level 35
May 30, 2018
I guessed all (reasonable) Asian, European, North and South American countries. Not only that but I guessed all North African countries just to be disappointed in myself again. South. Africa....
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level 13
May 30, 2018
Stupid me typed "Russia", then decided it wasn't in there
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level 43
Jun 11, 2018
Where is Denmark and Norway, they were both invaded and occupied in world war 2.
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level 22
Jun 13, 2018
estonia and Lithuania and Latvia all didnt even have independence from ussr yet so how are they considered countries?
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level 44
Jun 21, 2018
They were invaded by the USSR in 1940 (during world war II) and remained a part of it until 1991.
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level 21
Jul 24, 2018
Forgot Germany... I feel dumb
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level 22
Aug 3, 2018
Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia were all part of the USSR during WWII. If you are going to have us put those countries then you need to split up Yugoslavia into Bosnia, Macedonia and Serbia.
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level 56
Oct 3, 2018
they were independent as of 1st September 1939. The USSR took them over as part of the Nazi-Soviet pact when Germany invaded Poland
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level 57
Sep 10, 2018
Baltic countries were not already part of the USSR?
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level 73
Oct 20, 2018
They were annexed by the Soviet Union on August, 1940.
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level 56
Oct 3, 2018
Wasn't Albania already taken over by Italy by September '39?