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  World War II Trivia Thu, 24 April 2014 06:27
In honor of the upcoming 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the many other anniversaries of this epic conflict that pass every day, I'm going to post a series of World War II Trivia questions. Post your guess (or look up the answer if you want) for any or all of the questions and I'll give the answer a day or two later.

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Re:World War II Trivia Thu, 24 April 2014 06:35
Series 1 (1939):

Q: When exactly did Nazi Germany attack Poland?
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Q: What was the Gleiwitz incident?
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Q: What was the German attack plan against Poland?
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Q: Name all the countries who declared war on Nazi Germany in 1939, after they attacked Poland.
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Re:World War II Trivia Thu, 24 April 2014 11:57
rasmussen81 wrote on Thu, 24 April 2014 00:35

Series 1 (1939):

Q: What was the Gleiwitz incident?


A: A provocation supposedly by anti-German Polish agitators who seized a radio station and broadcast anti-German sentiment. In actuality, a ruse by the SS using Germans in Polish uniforms to stage it. This along with other supposed "provocations" were intended to give Hitler the excuses he needed to invade Poland.
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Thu, 24 April 2014 13:15
Isn't it amazingly similar to what's happening right now in Eastern Ukraine? You can remember that comrade Stalin was pretty fast in learning the lesson

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

just my two cents Wink
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Thu, 24 April 2014 15:07
g1ul10 wrote on Thu, 24 April 2014 04:15

Isn't it amazingly similar to what's happening right now in Eastern Ukraine? You can remember that comrade Stalin was pretty fast in learning the lesson

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

just my two cents Wink


Not to turn this into a current political debate, but I have been amazed by the similarities as well. History repeats itself, which is why it is so very important that we learn about it!! Smile
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Thu, 24 April 2014 17:37
1. Sep, 1st 1939 at 4.30 am approx

3. Plan White (EN) / Fall Weiss (GE) / Caso Blanco (ES)

4. France and Great Britain along with some Commonwealth countries like Australia, Canada and New Zealand

Edited to add answer 3.

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Re:World War II Trivia Fri, 25 April 2014 06:39
Series 1 (1939) Answers:

Q: When exactly did Nazi Germany attack Poland? (correct: Almilcar)
A: September 1, 1939 at 4:45 am. 1.5 million German troops invade Poland along the 1,750-mile border with German-controlled territory. At the same time, the German Luftwaffe bombed Polish airfields and German warships and U-boats attacked Polish naval forces in the Baltic Sea.

Q: What was the Gleiwitz incident? (correct: stevens)
A: A feigned attack on a German radio station on the Polish border by the SS on August 30th, which left dead concentration camp inmates dressed in Polish uniforms at the site.

Q: What was the German attack plan against Poland?
A: Plan White, directed by General Walther von Brauchitsch, aimed to paralyze Poland's 24 divisions by swift encirclement to cut their supply and communication. Poland's ill-prepared forces, lacking both air power and armor, were largely placed well forward on the boarder to meet the invaders. They were quickly overrun as reinforcements often arrived too late to halt German offensives.

Q: Name all the countries who declared war on Nazi Germany in 1939, after they attacked Poland. (mostly correct: Almilcar)
A: Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada.

[Updated on: Fri, 25 April 2014 17:06]

      
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Re:World War II Trivia Fri, 25 April 2014 06:48
Series 2 (1939)

Q: What was the Winter War?
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Q: What happened in the battle of Suomussalmi in December 1939?
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Q: What was the assassination attempt on Hitler's life in 1939?
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[Updated on: Fri, 25 April 2014 17:01]

      
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Re:World War II Trivia Fri, 25 April 2014 12:25
rasmussen81 wrote on Fri, 25 April 2014 00:48

Series 2 (1939)

Q: What was the Winter War?


A: The Winter War was Russia's war with Finland. Basically a land grab which was started in a similar way as Germany's war with Poland. What I mean by similar is that Russia created a border incident and used that as a pretense for invasion. The invasion began in November of 1939 and hostilities lasted into 1940.
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Fri, 25 April 2014 14:33
rasmussen81 wrote on Fri, 25 April 2014 07:48

Series 2 (1939)


Q: What happened in the battle of Suomussali in December 1939?
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You missed an 'm' in Suomussalmi. I love nitpicking. Very Happy
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Fri, 25 April 2014 15:27
rasmussen81 wrote on Fri, 25 April 2014 06:39

Series 1 (1939) Answers:

Q: When exactly did Nazi Germany attack Poland?
A: September 1, 1939 at 4:45 am. 1.5 million German troops invade Poland along the 1,750-mile border with German-controlled territory. At the same time, the German Luftwaffe bombed Polish airfields and German warships and U-boats attacked Polish naval forces in the Baltic Sea.

Q: What was the Gleiwitz incident?
A: A feigned attack on a German radio station on the Polish border by the SS on August 30th, which left dead concentration camp inmates dressed in Polish uniforms at the site.

Q: What was the German attack plan against Poland?
A: Plan White, directed by General Walther von Brauchitsch, aimed to paralyze Poland's 24 divisions by swift encirclement to cut their supply and communication. Poland's ill-prepared forces, lacking both air power and armor, were largely placed well forward on the boarder to meet the invaders. They were quickly overrun as reinforcements often arrived too late to halt German offensives.

Q: Name all the countries who declared war on Nazi Germany in 1939, after they attacked Poland.
A: Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada.




No cookies for correct answers? Razz Twisted Evil Very Happy Laughing
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Fri, 25 April 2014 16:06
rasmussen81 wrote on Thu, 24 April 2014 14:07

g1ul10 wrote on Thu, 24 April 2014 04:15

Isn't it amazingly similar to what's happening right now in Eastern Ukraine? You can remember that comrade Stalin was pretty fast in learning the lesson

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

just my two cents Wink


Not to turn this into a current political debate, but I have been amazed by the similarities as well. History repeats itself, which is why it is so very important that we learn about it!! Smile



Worringly similar ... :/
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Fri, 25 April 2014 16:59
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No cookies for correct answers? Razz Twisted Evil Very Happy Laughing



Sorry, they're still in the oven! Laughing I'll be sure to give credit for correct answers, sorry. Smile
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Fri, 25 April 2014 17:00
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rasmussen81 wrote on Fri, 25 April 2014 07:48

Series 2 (1939)


Q: What happened in the battle of Suomussali in December 1939?
A:





You missed an 'm' in Suomussalmi. I love nitpicking. Very Happy


Indeed I did miss an 'm'. Razz You should have seen how I spelled it the first time!! Laughing
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Fri, 25 April 2014 19:22
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Indeed I did miss an 'm'. Razz You should have seen how I spelled it the first time!! Laughing



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Re:World War II Trivia Fri, 25 April 2014 21:56
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rasmussen81 wrote on Fri, 25 April 2014 11:00


Indeed I did miss an 'm'. Razz You should have seen how I spelled it the first time!! Laughing



SuSalami?
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Re:World War II Trivia Thu, 01 May 2014 07:22
rasmussen81 wrote on Fri, 25 April 2014 14:18

Series 2 (1939)



Q: What happened in the battle of Suomussalmi in December 1939?
A:

A:





2 Russian divisions were pretty much wiped out for the loss of around 700 Finnish casualties. The world learnt of the words Motti and Sisu and the finnish ski troops were well know due to the publicity this battle received.

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Re:World War II Trivia Fri, 02 May 2014 03:44
rasmussen81 wrote on Fri, 25 April 2014 14:18

Series 2 (1939)



Q: What was the assassination attempt on Hitler's life in 1939?
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The assassination attempt took place at the Bürgerbräukeller in Munich on the 8th of September 1939. Johann Georg Elser who was a carpenter had access to where Hitler was to give a speech and planted a bomb the night before. Hitler cut short his speech due to having to catch a his train instead of returning in his plane (bad weather and the planning of the French campaign are attributed to the last minute change. The Bomb blew up around 10 - 15 minutes after Hitler had left (Iv read different sources that seem to differ by a few minutes). Johann was tracked down and remained a prisoner until he was executed in April of 1945.
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Fri, 02 May 2014 12:54
rasmussen81 wrote on Fri, 25 April 2014 14:18

Series 2 (1939)



Q: What happened in the battle of Suomussalmi in December 1939?

A:




The Finns had great luck and won, 6-2. But in the rematch they lost a squeaker, 5-6. Smile
      
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rasmussen81 wrote on Fri, 25 April 2014 14:18

Series 2 (1939)



Q: What happened in the battle of Suomussalmi in December 1939?

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The Finns had great luck and won, 6-2. But in the rematch they lost a squeaker, 5-6. Smile

That sounds more like the battle in April 2014. Laughing
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Tue, 06 May 2014 06:36
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rasmussen81 wrote on Fri, 25 April 2014 14:18

Series 2 (1939)



Q: What happened in the battle of Suomussalmi in December 1939?
A:

A:





2 Russian divisions were pretty much wiped out for the loss of around 700 Finnish casualties. The world learnt of the words Motti and Sisu and the finnish ski troops were well know due to the publicity this battle received.


Correct.

The Soviet 163rd Division approached Suomussali village in eastern Finland. Halted by freezing conditions, its troops were targeted by the Finnish 9th Division, which severed its supply lines. The Soviet 44th Division, sent as a relief force, was blocked by Finnish attacks and both forces were forced to capitulate. Total Soviet losses in this defeat were 27,500 men!
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Tue, 06 May 2014 06:41
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rasmussen81 wrote on Fri, 25 April 2014 00:48

Series 2 (1939)

Q: What was the Winter War?


A: The Winter War was Russia's war with Finland. Basically a land grab which was started in a similar way as Germany's war with Poland. What I mean by similar is that Russia created a border incident and used that as a pretense for invasion. The invasion began in November of 1939 and hostilities lasted into 1940.


Correct.

It was the war between Finland and the USSR that began in 1940. Finland, refusing to concede to the Soviet Union's territorial demands, mobilized her armed forces in October. On November 30th a Soviet force of over 600,000 men, supported by air and naval power, attacked Finland.
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Tue, 06 May 2014 06:43
Aussie_Digger wrote on Thu, 01 May 2014 18:44

rasmussen81 wrote on Fri, 25 April 2014 14:18

Series 2 (1939)



Q: What was the assassination attempt on Hitler's life in 1939?
A:





The assassination attempt took place at the Bürgerbräukeller in Munich on the 8th of September 1939. Johann Georg Elser who was a carpenter had access to where Hitler was to give a speech and planted a bomb the night before. Hitler cut short his speech due to having to catch a his train instead of returning in his plane (bad weather and the planning of the French campaign are attributed to the last minute change. The Bomb blew up around 10 - 15 minutes after Hitler had left (Iv read different sources that seem to differ by a few minutes). Johann was tracked down and remained a prisoner until he was executed in April of 1945.


Correct. And you have more details than I do, so I won't add anything to this one. Nice job! Very Happy
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Tue, 06 May 2014 07:04
Series 3 (1940):

Q: What was the original German plan in Case Yellow, the attack on Belgium, Holland, and France?
A:

Q: What was the French plan called the Breda Variant?
A:

Q: Why was Sichelschnitt (Cut of the Scythe) a risky plan for the Germans?
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Q: What was Operation Dynamo?
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rasmussen81 wrote on Tue, 06 May 2014 06:43

Aussie_Digger wrote on Thu, 01 May 2014 18:44

rasmussen81 wrote on Fri, 25 April 2014 14:18

Series 2 (1939)



Q: What was the assassination attempt on Hitler's life in 1939?
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The assassination attempt took place at the Bürgerbräukeller in Munich on the 8th of September 1939. Johann Georg Elser who was a carpenter had access to where Hitler was to give a speech and planted a bomb the night before. Hitler cut short his speech due to having to catch a his train instead of returning in his plane (bad weather and the planning of the French campaign are attributed to the last minute change. The Bomb blew up around 10 - 15 minutes after Hitler had left (Iv read different sources that seem to differ by a few minutes). Johann was tracked down and remained a prisoner until he was executed in April of 1945.


Correct. And you have more details than I do, so I won't add anything to this one. Nice job! Very Happy




I thought it was Tom Cruise Smile
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Tue, 06 May 2014 07:15
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rasmussen81 wrote on Tue, 06 May 2014 06:43

Aussie_Digger wrote on Thu, 01 May 2014 18:44

rasmussen81 wrote on Fri, 25 April 2014 14:18

Series 2 (1939)



Q: What was the assassination attempt on Hitler's life in 1939?
A:





The assassination attempt took place at the Bürgerbräukeller in Munich on the 8th of September 1939. Johann Georg Elser who was a carpenter had access to where Hitler was to give a speech and planted a bomb the night before. Hitler cut short his speech due to having to catch a his train instead of returning in his plane (bad weather and the planning of the French campaign are attributed to the last minute change. The Bomb blew up around 10 - 15 minutes after Hitler had left (Iv read different sources that seem to differ by a few minutes). Johann was tracked down and remained a prisoner until he was executed in April of 1945.


Correct. And you have more details than I do, so I won't add anything to this one. Nice job! Very Happy




I thought it was Tom Cruise Smile



That one was Operation Valkyrie on July 20, 1944. The reason I included this question is because I didn't realize how early in the war people tried to get rid of Hitler. Imagine how different things could have been if Hitler had died in this early attempt!
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Tue, 06 May 2014 11:09
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Series 3 (1940):
Q: What was Operation Dynamo?
A:

A: OPERATION DYNAMO was nothing less than what we commonly refer to as "The Miracle of Dunkirk". It was the naval evacuation plan for the (BEF) British Expeditionary Force encircled at that port. Admiral Bertram Home Ramsey was responsible for its planning and implementation. It's success in evacuating over 335,000 troops, helped garner him another posting 4 years later as the senior naval commander in OPERATION OVERLORD."

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Re:World War II Trivia Wed, 07 May 2014 01:06
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Series 3 (1940):

Q: What was the original German plan in Case Yellow, the attack on Belgium, Holland, and France?



The German s were initially looking at using the Schlieffen plan that was used in ww1, with some alterations (although the Schlieffen plan was altered before the Germans attacked in 1914). France and Briton were expecting this to take place. The big sweeping manoeuvre was meant to move through the low counties while the forces further east were to hold and even give some ground so that the main offensive could move behind and trap the Allied Armies.


rasmussen81 wrote on Tue, 06 May 2014 14:34

Series 3 (1940):

Q: Why was Sichelschnitt (Cut of the Scythe) a risky plan for the Germans?

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1. The majority of the German armour had to track through the Ardennes on narrow tracks, the advance was very vulnerable to air attack, mechanical break downs or a concentrated Allied attack.

2. Most of the Luftwaffe was supporting the holding forces initially in the low countries (this was to give the impression of the main attack coming from here) with the main advance only receiving light air support, again leaving these forces vulnerable to Allied air attacks.

3. The German armour breakthroughs were very vulnerable to rapid allied action if they could concentrate large forces on the flanks of these penetrations.

4. If the Allies saw the German objective early on, The Germans could have been stuck between Allied Armies on both flanks risking the offensive being dogged down.

5. The Plan relied on crossing and holding a number of river crossing (not the easiest thing for an attacking army)

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Re:World War II Trivia Wed, 07 May 2014 04:31
I know this is off subject but I just watched an Australian made movie about WW1 Australian miners called Beneath Hill 60. Aussie_Digger's name reminded me of it. I thought it was a very well done movie. It was based on a true battle during trench warfare. Check it out.

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Re:World War II Trivia Wed, 07 May 2014 10:19
LooneyLlama wrote on Wed, 07 May 2014 12:01

I know this is off subject but I just watched an Australian made movie about WW1 Australian miners called Beneath Hill 60. Aussie_Digger's name reminded me of it. I thought it was a very well done movie. It was based on a true battle during trench warfare. Check it out.

Eric


That's a good movie Looney and amazing stuff that took place in the trenches then. Just a side note Digger was the slang name for the Australian soldiers (GI s) since they were digging trenches all the time. I have previously served in the infantry but just thought Id put the Aussie in front since these are multi national forums.
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Sun, 11 May 2014 11:08
rasmussen81 wrote on Tue, 06 May 2014 14:34

Series 3 (1940):



Q: What was the French plan called the Breda Variant?
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I had left this one for a while but since no one has answered it I’ll have ago

The Breda variant was added to the Dyle Plan (the main French plan against a German attack which was headed by Gamelin). The Dyle plan was the plan to counter the anticipated attack from the Germans through the Low Countries, forming a line along the Dyle. The French were still big believers in forming long continuous lines as was done in WW1. The Breda variant was added as it added onto this line of defence and linked up with the Dutch at Breda. The main failing of this idea was that the French had about twice as far to travel to Breda as what the Germans did. The French would also be reacting to German movements giving them a head start. The French also would not be able to have troops in Belgium until Belgium was attacked as Belgium had changed its stance to a strict neutral in the mid 30’s

      
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Re:World War II Trivia Wed, 28 May 2014 01:01
stevens wrote on Tue, 06 May 2014 05:09

rasmussen81 wrote on Tue, 06 May 2014 01:04

Series 3 (1940):
Q: What was Operation Dynamo?
A:

A: OPERATION DYNAMO was nothing less than what we commonly refer to as "The Miracle of Dunkirk". It was the naval evacuation plan for the (BEF) British Expeditionary Force encircled at that port. Admiral Bertram Home Ramsey was responsible for its planning and implementation. It's success in evacuating over 335,000 troops, helped garner him another posting 4 years later as the senior naval commander in OPERATION OVERLORD."


Perhaps a bit less of a miracle and more of a blunder by the other side...

The Brits should have sent thank you notes to Rundstedt and Goring as both played key roles in halting the German ground forces closing in the the kill. Goring thought his planes could destroy the Allied forces on the beaches and prevent any large scale evacuation. Later in the war, his promise to air supply the German 6th Army at Stalingrad was a main reason why that force was ordered to stand fast. Interesting that one man saved an enemy army and later doomed one of his own.

      
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Re:World War II Trivia Sat, 31 May 2014 18:00
Great answers, guys! I don't have anything to add. Cool

Sorry for the long silence on this thread. Life got a little busy as school is wrapping up, but I'm back and I'll provide a few interesting questions as we lead up to D-Day!
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Sat, 31 May 2014 18:19
Series 4 (1941):

Q: Operation Barbarossa was the codename for the German attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941. Who was Barbarossa?
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Q: In Barbarossa, what were the missions of Army Group North, Army Group Center, and Army Group South?
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Q: Reinhard Heydrich was appointed Protector of Bohemia and Moravia in September 1941. What curse did he violate when he assumed his new position?
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Q: During the first 48 hours of Operation Barbarossa the Luftwaffe destroyed enemy aircraft at a rate of one every 80 seconds. TRUE or FALSE?
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Q: The Soviet December 1941 counteroffensive prompted Hitler to issue Fuhrer Directive Number 39. What were its main points?
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Re:World War II Trivia Mon, 02 June 2014 22:58
Q: Operation Barbarossa was the codename for the German attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941. Who was Barbarossa?

A: I've always thought that "Barbarossa" referred to the nickname of Frederick the first, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. But about the reason why Hitler opted for such a name I can only think of the fact that "Barbarossa" means "red beard" and the operation was in fact against the Red Army... Shocked

Q: During the first 48 hours of Operation Barbarossa the Luftwaffe destroyed enemy aircraft at a rate of one every 80 seconds. TRUE or FALSE?

A: Well (3600/80)*48 = 2160. The number sounds reasonable, so I would answer TRUE, but as far as I (don't) know they could have been 5000 or 1500.

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Re:World War II Trivia Tue, 03 June 2014 00:50
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Q: Operation Barbarossa was the codename for the German attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941. Who was Barbarossa?

A: I've always thought that "Barbarossa" referred to the nickname of Frederick the first, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. But about the reason why Hitler opted for such a name I can only think of the fact that "Barbarossa" means "red beard" and the operation was in fact against the Red Army... Shocked

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The code name was named after Frederick the first, He was an influential Germanic leader which is what would have prompted the operation to be named after him. It is all about national pride and getting the German people to be able to identify with the struggle.

Barbarossa dose mean red beard (in Italian, where a lot of his campaigning took place)

He died during the third crusade when crossing his horse through a river and being swept away by the current ( couldn't swim due to the weight of his Armour)
      
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Re:World War II Trivia Wed, 04 June 2014 16:21
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Series 4 (1941):

Q: Operation Barbarossa was the codename for the German attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941. Who was Barbarossa?
A: Barbarossa was chosen because he was a medieval German emperor who had fought the Slavs.

Q: In Barbarossa, what were the missions of Army Group North, Army Group Center, and Army Group South?
A: Army Group North: To capture Leningrad, link up with Finnish forces pushing south from Karelia, and then push on to capture Archangel on the White Sea.
Army Group Center: To advance through Belorussia along the direct route vis Smolensk to Moscow, and then through Gorky and Kazan to the Ural Mountains.
Army Group South: To advance through the Ukraine - via Kiev and Kharkov - to Rostov on the Sea of Azov, and then thrust southeast into the oil-rich Caucasus and east through Kazakhstan to the southern Urals around Orsk.


Q: Reinhard Heydrich was appointed Protector of Bohemia and Moravia in September 1941. What curse did he violate when he assumed his new position?
A: Heydrich was shown the crown jewels of Czechoslovakia by President Hacha, who told him of an intriguing legend that surrounded them. It was said that any person not the true heir who put the crown on his head was sure to die. It is said that Heydrich laughed and placed the crown on his head.

Q: During the first 48 hours of Operation Barbarossa the Luftwaffe destroyed enemy aircraft at a rate of one every 80 seconds. TRUE or FALSE?
A: True! During the first 48 hours of Barbarossa, the Luftwaffe committed its 2,150 available first-line aircraft to a concentrated counter-air campaign to secure aerial superiority over the theater. Aided by total surprise, massed German aerial formations attacked the rows of enemy planes sitting on the runways of the western Soviet Union. In these first 48 hours alone, the Luftwaffe succeeded in destroying 2,200 Soviet aircraft!

Q: The Soviet December 1941 counteroffensive prompted Hitler to issue Fuhrer Directive Number 39. What were its main points?
A: a) To hold areas which are of great operational or economic importance to the enemy.
b) To enable forces in the East to rest and recuperate as much as possible.
c) To establish conditions suitable for the resumption of large-scale offensive operations in 1942.



      
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Re:World War II Trivia Wed, 04 June 2014 16:32
Series 5 (1942):

Q: What was the code name for General Rommel's halftrack in North Africa?
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Q: On the Eastern Front, what was the Demyansk Pocket?
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Q: When Hitler issued Fuhrer Directive No. 41 in April 1942, to prepare for the upcoming summer offensive, was it to be along the whole Eastern Front?
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Q: Explain what happened when California was attacked by the Japanese in 1942.
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Re:World War II Trivia Thu, 05 June 2014 17:25
1. Rommel's half track was named Griffon, which is Grief in German.

      
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Re:World War II Trivia Thu, 05 June 2014 17:46
50th wrote on Thu, 05 June 2014 11:25

1. Rommel's half track was named Griffon, which is Grief in German.




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