November quiz: What do you know about World War II?

By Nancy Wheeler | November 1, 2022

Around Veteran’s Day, we often remember those who served in the military, but how much do we know about the big one — World War II? Test your knowledge on these questions—some easy, some harder. The answers appear page 30.

1. Which two countries were the first to declare war on Germany?

2. From which French port were British forces forced to evacuate across the English Channel in 1940?

3. The bombing of Pearl Harbor drew the U.S. into the war. On what Hawaiian island is Pearl Harbor located?

4. Which country was the site of most of the Nazi concentration camps?

5. What was the English name given to the Nazi-constructed building above Obersalzberg that was used exclusively by members of the Nazi Party for government and social meetings? 

6. Who was the leader of Italy when the Pact of Steel officially created the Axis powers?

7. What was the code name for the Battle of Normandy?

8. What was the name of the B-29 Bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima?

9. What country lost the most lives in World War II?

10. What research and development project produced the first nuclear weapons during World War II?

11. Who was the Japanese admiral behind the Pearl Harbor attack?

12. In which battle did the Axis powers lose about a quarter of their total troops on the Eastern Front?

13. After the war, where was the International Military Tribunal held that tried 21 of the most important surviving leaders of Nazi Germany?

14. Who was “the British Bulldog” who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II?

15. What was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II?