Test Your Knowledge – Take The War History Online World War Two Quiz

So you know your WWII history inside out? We challenge you to take our quiz and answer all 20 questions correctly.

We all (should) know the history of WWII, if not in detail then at the very least in broad terms. Germany and Japan took on the rest of the world in a bid for world domination. Japan started in the early 1930s with their invasion of China, and then Adolf Hitler followed suit in Europe later that decade.

The invasion of Poland is what marked the beginning of WWII in most history books. The battle there did not last long as Soviet Russia joined the fight on the German side and invaded the eastern part of Poland.

German troops in get ready to enter the town of Rotterdam after it's capitulation. (Bundesarchiv)
German troops entering the town of Rotterdam after it’s capitulation; Photo Credit

Germany was then free to advance on the west which it did in the spring of 1940. It took almost all of Western Europe in a series of victories that shook the world. Britain was next on Adolf
Hitler’s list but then the fortunes of war turned against the Nazis for the first time.

In June 1941 Germany, instead of invading Britain, attacked the Soviet Union. The Soviets were on the brink of defeat when winter set in, saving them. Following two more years of heavy fighting, the Red Army began to push the Germans back.

After some amphibious assaults in North Africa and Italy, the Allies landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944, and started their advance towards Berlin.

In the Pacific, on December 7, 1941, the Japanese Navy launched an attack on Pearl Harbor with the goal of crippling the American fleet at anchor there. At the same time, Japanese forces attacked multiple targets in Asia, trying to secure a new empire before the US could strike back.

U.S. Navy battleships at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941
US Navy battleships at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941

Their plan was to secure such a strong position that the Americans would have no other option than to negotiate peace. The strategy was successful until the Battle of Midway in which the Americans not only stopped the Japanese plans but also sank four of their carriers.

It was more than Japan could bear and from that moment on they were on the defensive.

There is no need to tell you how the war ended; you know that already.

The Quiz

So now that we have covered the basics, it is time to move over to the quiz!

The questions include facts about vehicles, campaigns, codenames, leaders and more, so it should be challenging for everybody.

Please tell us your score in the Facebook comments and why not challenge your friends to do better than you?



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Damian Lucjan

Damian is a history geek that’s working for War History Online for almost a decade. He can talk about the history and its chain of events for hours and is 100% legit fun at parties. Aside of history, geography and etymology of all things are no less exciting for him! An avid video game player, meme distributor, and your comment section moderator all in one. Mythologies of all cultures are fascinating to him, Greek, Nordic, Slavic – you name it, and he’s in!

In his spare time, assuming he has some left, he gives it all to his family, enjoying morning walks, a good book, an exciting FPS, and a long nap…or a few. Definitely a cat person.