WWII Geography

Name these places that played important roles in the Second World War.
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Last updated: December 29, 2014
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Region of France where D-Day happened
Normandy
River on which the battle of Stalingrad was fought
Volga
Headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Attacked on a day which will live in infamy.
Pearl Harbor
Capital of unoccupied France
Vichy
Forest through which Germany invaded France
The Ardennes
Pacific island where five marines iconically raised a flag
Iwo Jima
General MacArthur promised to return here
Philippines
German city that was firebombed and destroyed on February 13, 1945
Dresden
Country that lost the highest % of its population
Poland
Deadliest concentration camp
Auschwitz
Town in Egypt that marked the furthest advance of Rommel's tanks
El Alamein
Where British troops evacuated France in 1940
Dunkirk
River valley where a large amount of German industry was concentrated
Ruhr
Road from southwest China to Indochina. A key supply route to China
Burma Road
Country invaded by the USSR in the Winter War
Finland
Atoll where Japan lost four carriers in 1942
Midway
Key strategic island in the Mediterranean. Long besieged by the Nazis but never captured.
Malta
Former country that formed the core of Germany. Long feared for their efficient military.
Prussia
Line of fortresses meant to protect France from Germany
Maginot Line
Group of three countries annexed by the USSR in 1940 and again in 1944
Baltic States
Hitler's chalet in the Bavarian Alps
The Eagle's Nest
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Level 74
Dec 27, 2014
Infancy? Teaching toddlers about Pearl Harbor in daycare?
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Level 72
Dec 29, 2014
LMAO! I usually spot spelling errors but I completely missed that one. Hilarious.
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Level ∞
Dec 29, 2014
Fixed :)
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Level 43
Mar 9, 2015
never too young to learn history
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Level 81
Dec 8, 2018
He was just kidding.
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Level 69
Jan 21, 2015
I thought it was the Hawk's Nest... but maybe that was his fortress in East Prussia instead.
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Level 38
Dec 7, 2018
that would be the wolf's lair
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Level 88
Jan 22, 2015
It must too early in the morning. I swear the clue said the marines 'ironically' raised the flag, and was scratching my head really hard to find any irony therein...
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Level 74
Feb 4, 2015
Happened to me as well.
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Level 43
Jan 31, 2015
couldn't remember the Midway, but I surprised myself by getting the MacArthur one right. It was a complete guess, I don't think I ever learned that one, but I do think I heard it in a movie or something.
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Level 22
Feb 5, 2015
Dugout Doug left all his men behind so that they could go on the Bataan Death March, thrown into POW camps, tortured and starved so that he could get the Medal of Honor. Go figure.
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Level 43
Mar 9, 2015
generals, eh.
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Level 37
Feb 27, 2017
OH, PLEASE. He did not leave voluntarily; He was recalled (supposedly for strategic sessions with his superiors).
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Level 81
Dec 8, 2018
And he gassed World War 1 veterans camped out peacefully on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Gassed, mind you, World War 1 veterans. His subordinate Dwight Eisenhower futilely advised against it and was disgusted by the fatal decision.
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Level 79
Feb 4, 2015
Missed two because of spelling. I typed Ardenne and Rohr. So close.
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Level 80
Feb 4, 2015
I was also close but not close enough on the forest...
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Level 49
Feb 4, 2015
I swear I thought it was spelled Arden lol
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Level 72
Feb 11, 2015
I couldn't spell Auswitch (or whathever) even if my life depended on it.
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Level 67
Feb 23, 2019
@rocamorar: whatever*
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Level 79
Jun 6, 2017
Spelled it Ardenne again - darn! At least I got Ruhr this time, so maybe there's hope.
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Level 81
Dec 8, 2018
Rawr.
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Level 80
Feb 4, 2015
I recently expanded this quiz to include even more world leaders. Should be fun for real World War buffs:

World Leaders of the World Wars

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Level 73
Feb 5, 2015
i wouldn't classify the ardennes as a forest, more as a region in southern belgium or something like that.
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Level 58
Jun 6, 2017
Its a region with plenty of hills and forests, especially around the area they fought.
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Level 54
May 5, 2020
I've always seen it as a mountain range/mountainous area, so I didn't get the clue either
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Level 78
Feb 5, 2015
Belarus then a part of USSR and Poland and now an independent country lost a greater % of its population than Poland. In terms of numbers, Auschwitz was the deadliest but in terms of % Treblinka was probably a deadlier camp. Auschwitz had some labor sub camps, Treblinka was a straight death camp. The only people who survived longer than arrival were used to bury the dead and serve the guards.
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Level 52
Sep 14, 2015
Maybe it should accept "Ardennes"?
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Level 37
Feb 17, 2016
Please accept Iwo To for Iwo Jima as it is known in Japan like that and one of my neighbors is Japanese
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Level 59
May 4, 2020
Please accept Rzeczpospolita for Poland because my milkman is Polish.
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Level 47
Jul 9, 2016
The Iwo Jima photo was staged because the Americans didn't like the original
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Level 69
Aug 16, 2016
Quite tight for time. I got 17 first time through and still didn't have long to think about those i'd missed when I went back.
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Level 73
Aug 22, 2016
Surely by now someone should have demanded that 'Myanmar Road' be allowed...
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Level 63
Feb 17, 2017
The road doesn't exist anymore. So suggesting that would be absurd.
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Level 58
Jun 6, 2017
Whoosh!
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Level 48
Mar 20, 2017
so nice to see my country Malta being mentioned in WW2 trivia :)
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Level 72
Apr 19, 2017
Malta deserves to be mentioned here. It went through a lot, as did the RAF and the Royal Navy in defending it. Operation Pedestal in particular should be much better known.
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Level 44
May 19, 2017
Yep, that's why the flag of Malta has the St. George cross on it. The UK gave it to the WHOLE country for what they had to endure during the war.
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Level 48
May 20, 2017
Yeah our capital still bears bombed buildings such as the royal opera house. You'd be amazed how little knowledge our neighbors have of Malta, even most Sicilians don't know where Malta is and we can see their southern coast from our shores!
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Level 70
Jun 6, 2017
Malta - The George Cross Island - Well known in England and admired for the courage and tenacity of the people. My cousin was in the RAF stationed on Malta during that time and finished living there for years.
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Level 59
Jun 6, 2017
very, very easy.
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Level 58
Jun 6, 2017
The aim of the Germans with the "battle of the bulge" or Ardennes offensive as we cal it in Belgium (as wel as Germany) (or Ardennes battle in France) was NOT to invade France directly. It was to cut through allied lines with 2 objectives: the river Meuse and especially Antwerp. This would cut off allied supplies and the allied advances in the Netherlands.

The Ardennes do lie partly in France but the nazis never reached the border with France they tried to go westwards, not southwest). So there was no German invasion of France in 44 (only in may 1940 and fall 1914). They only fought in Belgium and Luxembourg.

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Level 68
Feb 25, 2020
You are talking about the Ardennes Counteroffensive but this question was about the invasion of France - Battle of France - that Germany engaged in also through the Ardennes in 1939. Quizzmaster does not mention 1944 in this question.
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Level 50
Dec 22, 2017
Could you maybe accept Dunkerque instead of Dunkirk?
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Level ∞
Dec 22, 2017
We already do
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Level 54
Feb 23, 2020
It wasn't just British troops evacuated from Dunkirk either
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Level 37
Jun 3, 2018
What relation does Prussia have with WWII?
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Level 51
Aug 23, 2018
Prussia is a part of the unified Germany and Prussia is known for highly skilled soldiers
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Level 37
Nov 11, 2018
^ But did it have any role in WWII?
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Level ∞
Feb 24, 2020
Yes, very much so.
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Level 67
Feb 23, 2020
Please correct the spelling of 'besieged'.
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Level ∞
Feb 24, 2020
Ok
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Level 67
Feb 27, 2020
Thanks!
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Level 27
May 4, 2020
Could you add Tobruk, Libya.

It was a major port city where the ANZAC's held off Nazi opposition to cut their supply line. As a result, the Allies were able to regain African territories.

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Level 44
May 4, 2020
+1.

Tobruk was a major victory for the Allies in the whole war.

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Level 49
May 4, 2020
Caution, the Eagle's Nest is not really a place where Hitler used to go/stay (at most ten times his whole life). His residency was actually the Berghof.

The question is misleading.

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Level 72
May 4, 2020
The Ledo Road was the successor to the Burma Road, once the latter was cut off by the Japanese in 1942. Ran from China to both India and Burma. That was my first guess, but not an accepted answer.
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Level 55
May 4, 2020
Great quiz. Please accept the spelling Ivo Jima.
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Level 36
May 7, 2020
Vichy... never thought of that as "unoccupied" since I was thinking Free French government. Also I realized suck at spelling European place names lol
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Level 71
May 10, 2020
Ardenne doesn't count for The Ardennes??
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Level 72
Sep 28, 2020
Apparently only 16% of people have ever played “Axis and Allies: Pacific 1940”