POP QUIZ: THE SECOND WAR TO END ALL WARS (answers)
The Medal Of Trivial Valour this week gets pinned on Tim B! Tim beat out some very stiff competition by getting every element of every question correct for a perfect 10/10. That’s some mighty fine shootin’, son.
1) The “official” start of WWII was September 1, 1939. But which two WWII combatant nations had already been at war for more than two years at that point, having started hostilities on July 7, 1937?
2) Planning for the D-Day landings and the subsequent Battle Of Normandy was conducted under what code name?
3) The signing of the surrender documents by the Japanese on September 2, 1945 took place aboard which American vessel?
4) At the time of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, who held the position of Prime Minister Of Japan, and gave the direct order for the attack to commence?
5) Which German Field Marshall was known by the nick-name “The Desert Fox”?
6) J.S. Woodsworth was the only Member of Canadian parliament to vote against declaring war on Germany. What political party did Woodsworth represent?
7) Propaganda from the R.A.F. during WWII said that their pilots had such good eyesight that they could shoot down enemy planes at night, and it was because they ate so many carrots. This was partially to encourage children to eat carrots (one of the few readily available foodstuffs during the war) and partially to keep what secret?
8) Operation Barbarossa was the code-name for NAZI Germany’s planned invasion of which country?
9) Operation Sealion was the code-name for NAZI Germany’s planned invasion of which country?
10) What was the code phrase used by the Japanese to signify “complete surprise” and that the attack on Pearl Harbor was successful?
1) CHINA and JAPAN
2) OPERATION OVERLORD
3) THE USS MISSOURI
4) GENERAL HIDEKI TOJO
5) ERWIN ROMMEL
6) CO-OPERATIVE COMMONWEALTH FEDERATION (acc: CCF)
7) RADAR (the real reason Brit pilots knew where enemy aircraft was at night)
8) THE SOVIET UNION
10) TORA TORA TORA
I’ve never been much of a war buff. Most of what I know comes from old Hollywood movies. And also from this excellent source of information (kidding, kidding of course):