WWII A-Z #2

For each letter, name these people, places, and things from World War 2.
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A
Nazi "master race"
Aryan
B
British codebreaking site
Bletchley Park
C
Leader of China
Chiang Kai-Shek
D
German city destroyed
by firebombs
Dresden
E
Supreme Allied commander
Dwight D.
Eisenhower
F
Nickname of the B-17 bomber
Flying Fortress
G
Luftwaffe commander
Hermann Göring
H
City hit by an atomic bomb
Hiroshima
I
Island where U.S. Marines
raised a flag
Iwo Jima
J
German word for hunter,
or light infantry
Jäger
K
Hitler's manifesto
Mein Kampf
L
Russian city beseiged
for 3 years
Leningrad
M
Pacific Theater turning point
Battle of Midway
 
Hint
Answer
N
Primary language of
Native American code-talkers
Navajo
O
Bitter Pacific battle of 1945
Okinawa
P
U.S. Naval base attacked in 1941
Pearl Harbor
Q
1943 US/UK conference site
Quebec
R
German commander in Africa
Erwin Rommel
S
Soviet dictator
Joseph Stalin
T
Yugoslav partisan leader
Josip Broz Tito
U
One of the American beaches
on D-Day
Utah Beach
V
River on which Stalingrad lies
Volga
W
City whose ghetto had
400,000 Jews
Warsaw
X
 
 
Y
Japan's top admiral
Isoroku
Yamamoto
Z
Gas chamber chemical
Zyklon B
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Level 55
May 25, 2014
I didn't know the Chinese leader, so I just typed "Chang."
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Level ∞
Feb 5, 2015
That's not incredibly surprising. The distribution of last names in China is not very diverse. In fact, 85% of the population has one of the top 100 family names:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_Chinese_surnames

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Level 80
Feb 5, 2015
That's extremely diverse compared to Vietnam or Korea.
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Level 14
Jun 1, 2014
Hitler wrote Mein Kampf in 1923 so technically it wasn't WW2 but, it did have a big influence of Nazi Germany and the Nuremberg race laws so it could probably pass as WW2. Still a good quiz. Are you going to do quizzes like causes of WW2 and stuff like that as well?
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Level 81
Dec 8, 2019
Cause: WW1
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Level 53
Jun 10, 2014
Huh. I did way better than I expected. Only missed 2. Guess I know more about WWII than I thought!
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Level 78
Jul 26, 2014
I was typing Yamimoto but it didn't accept it. Close, but no banana.
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Level 65
Sep 21, 2014
Vietnam war quiz? Revolutionary war quiz?
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Level 55
Nov 23, 2014
Can you accept Pearl Harbour?
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Level ∞
Feb 5, 2015
Okay
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Level 78
Feb 5, 2015
Never heard of Zyklon B. Is it generally that well known?
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Level 60
Feb 5, 2015
That name pops up quite often when you read about the concentration camps. If you ever get to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau or some other camp that's been preserved as a museum, it becomes difficult to forget.
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Level 71
Dec 7, 2019
Visiting Auschwitz recently has certainly helped me with that question.
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Level 80
Sep 14, 2018
I've visited Auschwitz but I'd heard the name before, watching documentaries on the History Channel. Back when they still showed things on the History Channel other than programs about hicks buying other hicks' garbage. And alien ghosts.
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Level 78
Dec 8, 2019
You sound rather disdainful of us hicks. We're not all such bad folks, you know. I can't vouch for alien ghosts, however, as I don't know any.
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Level 80
Dec 12, 2019
If I met someone from the midwest or a rural area who wasn't ignorant, wasn't proudly uncultured, and who didn't spend their time scrounging through garbage that they could maybe turn a profit on, I don't think I'd describe them as a hick. I'm sure I wouldn't call you a hick, ander, even though I know you live on a farm the label doesn't seem to fit. But when the shoe fits...
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Level 55
Oct 6, 2020
I would say yes. It's about as well known as the rest of the questions. Maybe a bit less, but it's difficult to think of a question for Z anyways. It's certainly not some "less than 10%" trick question.
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Level 75
Nov 27, 2015
Wow, you'd almost think the US was involved for the majority of the war, considering how many questions relate to them in this quiz :P
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Level 37
Feb 2, 2017
Excuse me, the war started in '39 and the US joined in '41 or early '42. The war ended in '45. Do the math! - And the date of joining the war is not as important as the fact that if we hadn't, German would be the dominant language in England and most of the Continent. So, have some respect and stop trying to re-write history.
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Level 72
Aug 23, 2017
The Germans got nowhere near taking over Britain and had failed long before the U.S. entered the war. No one doubts the immense contribution made by the U.S., but if Britain had surrendered in 1940, giving Nazi Germany the world's largest navy, all the early jet research, the Frisch-Peierls memorandum, the Merlin engine and the cavity magnetron, with no raid on the Norsk Hydro and no breach of enigma you might have found yourself having to brush up on the use of umlauts yourself. Respect is best when it's reciprocal.
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Level 49
May 24, 2018
You do know that the UK had already survived the Battle of Britain when the USA joined in the war. So the UK would have survived, but maybe would not have been able to invade France.
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Level 78
Aug 8, 2018
The Germans really did get close to defeating Britain. If it hadn't been for the Blitz that allowed the RAF to regroup, repair, and resupply they might have succeeded as pointed out in "The Narrow Margin" by Wood and Dempster. Other than convoy support and LendLease, the US played a limited part in helping to defend Britain until later. I don't believe that operation Sealion would have been successful, but a negotiated peace to prevent further civilian casualties might have been possible. I don't think that a outright surrender ever crossed the mind of anyone in Britain for more than an instant. Other than that "ruftytufty", I am in complete agreement with your comments of "Respect is best when it's reciprocal." and others. No country was single-handedly responsible for winning the war and as you state later in the comments there were many others who were responsible for huge contributions: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the British Empire, and Poland to name just a few.
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Level 72
Sep 14, 2018
The Russians were probably most responsible for turning the tide on the German army. The Germans were well and truly on the back foot before the US military got involved in Europe
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Level 81
Dec 8, 2019
Yeah, Britain did real well surviving by itself manufacturing arms, processing oil and growing food....
09/1939-05/1940 War declared, but absolutely nothing done.
05/1940 Germany overruns France, pushes the British army completely into the ocean almost overnight.
05/1940-06/1944 U.S. fights all over an ocean stretching almost halfway across the globe. England can literally look at Continental Europe from England for 4 years across a narrow body of water.
06/1940 U.S., after coming across another vast ocean for 4 years with a lifeline to Britain, along with its northern British semi-colony, arrives to fight for Britain, despite its own logistical involvement in a giant war covering almost half the Earth.
England hops along for the remaining 10 miles of the ocean oddyssey.
Meanwhile, the Russians and Chinese have been getting pummeled with 40,000,000 deaths to soften up the Japanese and Germany so the British can Invade and the Americans can claim the ride.
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Level 81
Dec 8, 2019
Meanwhile, Italy played friends with whomever threatened to beat them up.
Patton shows up and blasts straight through everything, making a huge salient into the German Front. Montgomery cries about it and gets Patton's gasoline rations, halting and severely endangering the Americans. My father will suffer from cold-inflicted maladies to his body for another 72 years after being abandoned from the good old American supply train. Montgomery offers to "rescue" them with "his" supplies. Dad is temporarily under the British Army running on his own 3rd Army's withheld gas.
Japan was later thoroughly defeated and offered to surrender with 1 and only 1 condition: that the Emperor be unharmed. The U.S. said no way, only unconditional surrender and nuked them into submission. The U.S. then let the Emperor sit on the throne for 40+ more years, because he didn't really do anything in government anyway.
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Level 47
Dec 9, 2019
I believe that the common saying - at least that I have heard (it is possible I have change the words somewhere along the line) - is that the war was won with American brawn, British brains, and Russian blood.
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Level 66
Mar 18, 2020
Divantailya, as someone born in England, it irritates me when people say "England" when they mean "Britain", there it is. But my reason for commenting is once again someone2018. someone2018, you really need to monitor what comes out of your mouth. Or out of your fingers at least. From your comments the USA entered the second world war in May 1940, then in June 1940 arrived to liberate Europe. Single-handedly. The distance from say Dover to Calais is apparently 10 miles. US and Britain committed their blood and treasure merely to enjoy the ride, even so your father suffered appalling privation in the process. And this of course as any fool knows was due entirely to the incompetence of a British commander.
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Level 66
Mar 18, 2020
OK, you can avoid leaving in typos if you read your comment before you send it: I feel sure you actually know the relevant dates, but if you are going to make incendiary comments you had better be accurate. The English Channel is more than 20 miles wide at its narrowest point. The distance from the South coast of Britain to Normandy is a lot more. You presumably would have arranged the D-Day invasion force on the white cliffs of Dover and simply have shuttled them over to Calais. And in so doing would have avoided the grievous losses the US forces, God rest them, suffered at Utah and Omaha in particular. Once in Normandy, you would have employed the very effective US forces against the German armoured counter attack instead of leaving the British and Canadians to effect this task. It is of no consequence to you that from a population a little over one third of the US, in WW2 Britain suffered nearly the same number of military deaths, worldwide, and a greater number of total deaths.
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Level 66
Mar 18, 2020
someone2018....I could carry on: you refer to Britain's Northern British semi colony, an interesting concept. I presume you are referring to Scotland. It may have escaped your attention that when asked most recently, the people who live in Scotland voted that it should remain in the UK.
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Level 72
Feb 8, 2018
I'm not sure divantilya even _got_ redsplat's post to begin with…
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Level 80
Aug 7, 2019
You'd almost think the US wasn't involved in the war at all, considering how many times Europeans complain about having to answer questions in any way related to them.
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Level 38
Nov 12, 2019
no its because the US involvement is massively blown out of proportion, there are two questions that concern the Soviet Union, the Soviet Union inflicted around 80-85% of all German casualties in the war. I think you can work out from that stat who contributed the most.
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Level 80
Dec 7, 2019
What percentage of Japanese or Italian casualties were inflicted by the USSR? You kinda proved my point a little bit there...
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Level 80
Dec 8, 2019
Questions pertaining to: Germany (7), Japan (4), the USSR (3), the USA (3), the UK (1), China (1), the Allies (1), the Pacific theater (1), Canada (1), Yugoslavia (1), France (1), Poland (1)
There's nothing wrong with the quiz. You're complaining to complain, and those liking your comment are doing so to be hateful.
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Level 37
Sep 25, 2017
Oh, yes! - Just dismiss the fact that Americans (who weren't officially in the war yet) and Canadians were part of those assaults you so proudly name. - And by the way, I don't have to brush up on my umlauts... my third language is German.
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Level 72
Feb 25, 2018
I only named one assault. There were no Americans involved. It was planned by the SOE, supported by the British Army and the RAF and carried out by some exceptionally brave Norwegians. I wouldn't dream of slighting the crucial Canadian contribution to the Allied cause. That's really rather the point I'm making. You can be proud of your own country's contribution without ignorantly underestimating others'.
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Level 37
Aug 26, 2019
If only we could have a "do over", with the Americans staying out of Europe (engaging the Japanese in the Pacific exclusively) and see what would have happened.
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Level 36
Dec 7, 2019
Might be nice to mention that the third participant nation at the Quebec Conference was Canada. MacKenzie King famously posed with Churchill and Roosevelt at the Chateau Frontenac.
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Level 65
Dec 7, 2019
X is before W
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Level 80
Dec 7, 2019
I tried Blechley, Blecheley, Bletcheley, Bletchely, Blechly, etc. and didn't get it... it's not an easy word to write, maybe a few type-ins would be nice?
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Level 80
Dec 7, 2019
In my opinion, questions A, K and Z, as well as the wording of W, are not about WWII but about nazism. For example, for Warsaw, I would have talked of the uprising and/or the destruction of the city rather than the ghetto. You see what I mean?
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Level 53
Dec 7, 2019
The Nazi ideology was a key reason if not the main reason why Nazi Germany declared war on Poland because they wanted to reclaim land lost at Versailles and to take its resources and to take one of the countries with the largest Jewish population in Europe so questions related to Nazism is also very well connected to ww2
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Level 64
Dec 7, 2019
W and X have been switched.
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Level 72
Dec 7, 2019
So, does this mean that Jaegermeister meant “Mr. Hunter” this whole time?
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Level 67
Dec 7, 2019
I think more like master of the hunt. Or master huntsman. Mr. Hunter would be Herr Jäger.
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Level 79
Dec 7, 2019
Typed "Jagger". Didn't get it. Assumed I was wrong and moved on.
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Level ∞
Dec 8, 2019
You were wrong, though.
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Level 68
Dec 9, 2019
I guess technically the question should be "River on which Stalingrad lay". It doesn't lie there now because it doesn't exist anymore.
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Level 44
Jul 6, 2020
I typed Jaegar rip