Military History A-Z

For each letter A-Z, guess these people, places, and things from military history.
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Last updated: July 12, 2021
First submittedJanuary 9, 2019
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A
City that lost the Peloponnesian War
Athens
B
German for "lightning war", this word describes Germany's use of tanks and airplanes
to make rapid advances in WWII
Blitzkrieg
C
This city was captured by the Turks in 1453 who used cannons to reduce
its once impregnable walls
Constantinople
D
Unit of about 10,000 to 25,000 troops in a modern army
Division
E
The plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima
Enola Gay
F
Rank equivalent to a five-star general
Field Marshal
G
Term for a Nepali soldier fighting in the British army
Gurkha
H
Greek soldier, armed with a shield and spear, that fought in a phalanx formation
Hoplite
I
Branch of the army that fights on foot
Infantry
J
Country that the Mongols couldn't conquer, thanks in part to typhoons
Japan
K
Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons to attack this ethnic group in 1988
Kurds
L
A unit of around 5,000 Roman soldiers
Legion
M
Style of gun that predated the rifle
Musket
N
The part of France where troops landed on D-Day
Normandy
O
China lost two wars trying to halt the import of this dangerous drug
Opium
P
A victory that is so costly that it is like a defeat
Pyrrhic Victory
Q
He united China under his leadership, becoming the first emperor. After his death,
he was buried with 6,000 terracotta warriors.
Qin Shi Huang
R
From 390 BC to 410 AD this city was never taken by a foreign enemy
Rome
S
The failure of the Nazis to capture this Russian city is seen as the turning point of WWII
Stalingrad
T
If a German soldier was a Jerry, then a British soldier was a ...
Tommy
U
Small Israeli submachine gun desired by street criminals
Uzi
V
War known to some as the "Resistance War Against America"
Vietnam War
W
Russia's best "general", who defeated both Napoleon and the Nazis
Winter
X
This student of Socrates was one of the "Ten Thousand" mercenaries who had
to fight their way out of Persia
Xenophon
Y
The last major battle in the American Revolutionary War
Siege of Yorktown
Z
Word that represents the letter Z in the NATO phonetical alphabet. Also, a group of
people that fought against the British in South Africa in 1879.
Zulu
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Level 83
Jan 10, 2019
Love the W question!
+3
Level 67
Jan 10, 2019
Got it on the second try because tried "weather" first. (Same idea, eh?)
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Level 62
Jul 30, 2021
General Winter have triumphed over Napoleon and Hitler, but didn't do much against the General Staff in World War I. In "Grand Illusion" the French prisoners of war, circa 1916, speak ruefully how "General Winter" was supposed to "kill off the wicked Boche but act as a tonic for the Allies."

https://transcripts.foreverdreaming.org/viewtopic.php?f=955&t=38805

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Level 29
Jul 30, 2021
Even though its spreading misinformation.

In 1812, Napoleon lost more men in the SUMMER advance then the Winter Retreat.

In WWII, the Nazis were halted before winter even hi

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Level 76
Jan 10, 2019
Perhaps open up the spelling of Gurkha?
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Level 75
Jan 10, 2019
That moment when you picture the Mongols invading Jamaica.
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Level 67
Mar 7, 2019
But that would be hurricanes instead of typhoons,
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Level 82
Aug 1, 2021
I was hoping for "Java!"
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Level 74
Mar 7, 2019
Am I the only one who wrote Elona Gay and gave up when it wasn't working?
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Level 73
Mar 7, 2019
Well, I wrote nothing, because all I could think of was ebola gay, and clearly that was wrong.
+1
Level 67
Mar 7, 2019
I tried Nola Gay, but then got it right.
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Level 77
Mar 7, 2019
When I was in high school history class, we were taught that it was General Weather that beat Napoleon and the Nazis. Maybe accept weather as well as winter?
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Level 76
Mar 7, 2019
Nope. Either your memory has deceived you or your high school teacher made a mistake.
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Level 73
Mar 7, 2019
It's a lot easier to denigrate others' military successes than our own. It's likely often appropriate to do so in both cases.
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Level 67
Mar 7, 2019
I'm always happy to see Xenophon as an answer to a quiz. Ever since I studied his writing in college, I've felt that he gets overlooked relative to many of his other philosophical contemporaries.
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Level 58
Mar 7, 2019
Perhaps people who are unfamiliar with his work are xenophobic.
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Level 67
Mar 7, 2019
Did anyone else try Pricey Victory?
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Level 65
Jul 30, 2021
Awwww, I didn't notice the letters until I was down to 15 seconds. Would have gotten a few more.