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Military History A-Z

For each letter A-Z, guess these people, places, and things from military history.
Last updated: January 09, 2019
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A
City that lost the Peloponnesian War
Athens
B
German for "lightning war", this word describes Germany's use of tanks and airplanes
to make rapid advances in WWII
Blitzkrieg
C
This city was captured by the Turks in 1453 who used cannons to reduce
its once impregnable walls
Constantinople
D
Unit of about 10,000 to 25,000 troops in a modern army
Division
E
The plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima
Enola Gay
F
Rank equivalent to a five-star general
Field Marshal
G
Term for a Nepali soldier fighting in the British army
Gurkha
H
Greek soldier, armed with a shield and spear, that fought in a phalanx formation
Hoplite
I
Branch of the army that fights on foot
Infantry
J
Country that the Mongols couldn't conquer, thanks in part to typhoons
Japan
K
Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons to attack this ethnic group in 1988
Kurds
L
A unit of around 5,000 Roman soldiers
Legion
M
Style of gun that predated the rifle
Musket
N
The part of France where troops landed on D-Day
Normandy
O
China fought two wars to halt the import of this dangerous drug, losing both
Opium
P
A victory that is so costly that it is like a defeat
Pyrrhic Victory
Q
He united China under his leadership, becoming the first emperor. After his death,
he was buried with 6,000 terracotta warriors
Qin Shi Huang
R
From 390 BC to 410 AD this city was never taken by a foreign enemy
Rome
S
The failure of the Nazis to capture this Russian city is seen as the turning point of WWII
Stalingrad
T
If a German solider was a Jerry, than a British solider was a ...
Tommy
U
Small Israeli submachine gun desired by street criminals
Uzi
V
War known to some as the "Resistance War Against America"
Vietnam War
W
Russia's best "general", who defeated both Napoleon and the Nazis
Winter
X
This student of Socrates was one of the "Ten Thousand" who had to escape back to
Greece after fighting the Battle of Cunaxa
Xenophon
Y
The last major battle in the American Revolutionary War
Siege of Yorktown
Z
Word that represents the letter Z in the NATO phonetical alphabet. Also, a group of
people that fought against the British in South Africa in 1879
Zulu
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level 81
Jan 9, 2019
I have an idea. Let's punish people for spelling 'pyrrhic' correctly!
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level 77
Jan 9, 2019
The correct spelling wouldn't work for me either. I finally just gave up. It never occurred to me to try incorrect spellings.
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level 75
Jan 9, 2019
Second!
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level 84
Jan 9, 2019
Third!
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level ∞
Jan 9, 2019
This crisis has been dealt with. Thank you for remaining calm.
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level 68
Jan 9, 2019
Pyrrhic is misspelt.
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level 68
Jan 9, 2019
Is there a comment delay? There were no comments when I posted that. Thank you for fixing it!
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level ∞
Jan 9, 2019
There is not a comment delay. Maybe you loaded the page and then waited a long time before commenting.
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level 76
Jan 10, 2019
Love the W question!
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level 68
Jan 10, 2019
Got it on the second try because tried "weather" first. (Same idea, eh?)
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level 67
Jan 10, 2019
Perhaps open up the spelling of Gurkha?
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level 73
Jan 10, 2019
That moment when you picture the Mongols invading Jamaica.
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level 68
Mar 7, 2019
But that would be hurricanes instead of typhoons,
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level 66
Mar 7, 2019
Am I the only one who wrote Elona Gay and gave up when it wasn't working?
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level 66
Mar 7, 2019
Well, I wrote nothing, because all I could think of was ebola gay, and clearly that was wrong.
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level 59
Mar 7, 2019
I tried Nola Gay, but then got it right.
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level 75
Mar 7, 2019
When I was in high school history class, we were taught that it was General Weather that beat Napoleon and the Nazis. Maybe accept weather as well as winter?
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level 63
Mar 7, 2019
Nope. Either your memory has deceived you or your high school teacher made a mistake.
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level 66
Mar 7, 2019
It's a lot easier to denigrate others' military successes than our own. It's likely often appropriate to do so in both cases.
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level 62
Mar 7, 2019
Shouldn't the T question read "then" instead of "than"?
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level 63
Mar 7, 2019
Yes it should
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level 67
Mar 7, 2019
I'm always happy to see Xenophon as an answer to a quiz. Ever since I studied his writing in college, I've felt that he gets overlooked relative to many of his other philosophical contemporaries.
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level 58
Mar 7, 2019
Perhaps people who are unfamiliar with his work are xenophobic.
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level 65
Mar 7, 2019
Ghurkha >< Tom and Thomas >
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level 49
Mar 7, 2019
I typed in York for Yorktown and Ghurka for Gurkha
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level 59
Mar 7, 2019
I typed in Ghurka too!
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level 59
Mar 7, 2019
Did anyone else try Pricey Victory?
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