WWII A-Z #1

For each letter, name these people, places, and things from World War 2.
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Last updated: June 7, 2014
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Hint
Answer
A
Massive concentration camp
Auschwitz
B
German "lightning war"
Blitzkrieg
C
He has nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat
Winston Churchill
D
Site of Britain's evacuation from France
Dunkirk
E
German encryption machine
Enigma
F
Title of Adolf Hitler
Führer
G
Bloody battle site in the Solomon Islands
Guadalcanal
H
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
I
Country led by Mussolini
Italy
J
American 4-wheel drive vehicle
Jeep
K
American political figure who commanded PT-109
John F. Kennedy
L
Name for the German Air Force
Luftwaffe
M
French defenses against Germany
Maginot Line
N
City "raped" by Japan in 1937
Nanking
O
Battle of Normandy code name
Overlord
P
German word for tank
Panzer
Q
Nazi collaborator who led Norway
Vidkun Quisling
R
US President until 1945
Franklin D. Roosevelt
S
Turning point on the Eastern Front
Stalingrad
T
US President at the end of the war
Harry Truman
U
German submarine
U-Boat
V
Capital of unoccupied France
Vichy
W
War between Finland and the USSR
Winter War
X
 
 
Y
Crimean city that hosted a conference in 1945
Yalta
Z
Most decorated Soviet general
Georgy Zhukov
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Level 14
Jun 1, 2014
Auschwitz was a death camp, not a concentration camp. Apart from that it's a good quiz.
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Level 42
Jun 6, 2014
I think the general concensus is that in the context of Nazi Germany and the territories occupied by it, a death camp is a special case of concentration camp.
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Level 63
Jun 9, 2014
tfielding is correct. Auschwitz-Birkenau was the death camp and it was a separate facility from the main Auschwitz camp. It is accurate to call Auschwitz a concentration camp, but one of several that also had a death camp.
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Level 84
Oct 19, 2016
Recently visited Auschwitz. It served as both.
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Level 67
Mar 1, 2018
Concentrated Death Camp
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Level 46
Jun 15, 2018
Auschwitz was still considered a concentration camp; it was a concentration of the "undesirables" for Nazi Germany. That w=felt weird typing.
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Level 58
May 8, 2022
Auschwitz is the name for a complex of concentration camps, consisting of three main camps and dozens of smaller camps. One of the three main camps (Auschwitz II or Auschwitz-Birkenau) was a death camp, but the other two were more 'normal' concentration camps.
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Level 87
Jun 4, 2014
Alternate spellings for Zhukov would be nice! I finally got it, but was second guessing myself for a minute.
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Level 30
Jun 6, 2014
Wasn't Vichy capital of occupied France? I thought the Free French HQ was in London.
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Level 59
Jun 6, 2014
The Northern half of France was occupied by Germany. The Southern half wasn't occupied, but became a puppet state of Germany. This state was Vichy France, with its capital, Vichy.

Free France didn't control any part of European France until 1944. Free France actually meant the French colonies that didn't submit to German rule when their motherland was occupied.

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Level 30
Jun 8, 2014
Thanks for the info!
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Level 79
Jun 6, 2014
Concentration camps were where people were sent for forced labour. Auschwitz was a death camp.
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Level 82
Jun 6, 2014
Auschwitz-Birkenau was both a concentration camp and an extermination camp.
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Level 41
Jun 6, 2014
25/25 Good Quiz
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Level 53
Jun 8, 2014
Only got Q because of World War Z (the book not the movie)
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Level 87
Oct 19, 2016
The answer has become a noun, like a Benedict Arnold or Ponzi scheme.
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Level 67
Oct 20, 2016
It's always struck me as fortuitous that his name is just so perfect for that. If he was named Querfenhammer or something it never would have stuck.
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Level 87
Mar 17, 2019
The only time the Germans ever used a Q.
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Level 43
May 10, 2022
Quatsch!
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Level 55
Jun 8, 2014
If you want one for X, try X-Craft- British midget submarines.
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Level 56
Jan 12, 2015
X - a navigational radio beam system for directing German Bombers against England: X-Geraet or X-Apparatus.
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Level 22
Feb 4, 2015
"X" Radio Call code "X-Ray"
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Level 74
Feb 20, 2015
Great idea!
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Level 59
Feb 18, 2016
24/25, not bad for someone with no interest in war (ie not a man!)
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Level 45
Jul 10, 2022
This bugs me; many people who are not men are interested in war :/ (yes, this comment is late)
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Level 84
Oct 4, 2016
My dad was 6 when Roosevelt was first elected President in 1932. He grew up thinking that the President was president for life, 'cause all he knew was it was always FDR.
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Level 37
Feb 13, 2019
^ Exactly the same here! - My Mom was six when FDR was elected president; she said that his affected her like no other until my Dad died.
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Level 69
Oct 19, 2016
breezed through with 4.01 to spare and another 5 points in the kitty
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Level 66
Oct 19, 2016
Unterseeboot works! Yes!
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Level 37
Feb 15, 2017
As will Onderzeeboot or Onderzeeer?
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Level 67
Feb 16, 2021
I don't know - does it start with "U"?
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Level 58
Mar 29, 2017
Please change the spelling - Nanjing, not Nanking
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Level 84
Oct 17, 2017
Not in 1937
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Level 49
Mar 1, 2018
I spelled it nankin.. *sigh*
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Level 28
Feb 19, 2021
Nanking and Nanjing are interchangable.
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Level 61
May 8, 2022
Please accept Nanjing as an option even if you don't change the answer appearance. Wikipedia refers to it as the Nanjing Massacre https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanjing_Massacre
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Level 87
May 8, 2022
I was under the impression that Nanjing usually works for situations like this, but I guess this is not one of those cases.
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Level 32
Oct 17, 2017
Doh, I put 'Yelta' instead of 'Yalta'! Great quiz though :)
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Level 53
Mar 26, 2018
Damn, couldn't recall Quadalcanal to save my life. 24/25 done.
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Level 55
Aug 27, 2018
I got all of them but Q from memory. I had to look that one up.
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Level 87
Mar 17, 2019
Extreme X-Games
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Level 55
Apr 13, 2022
Maybe remove first names or put them in parenthesis afterwards? As it is, 4 answers don't actually start with their given answers.
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Level 77
May 8, 2022
Please accept Nanjing
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Level ∞
May 8, 2022
That will work now, sorry about that.
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Level 67
May 8, 2022
Yes, thank you. I was doing this quiz earlier today and I noticed the change xD
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Level 40
May 8, 2022
Luckily got Q from my A level coursework on occupied countries
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Level 37
May 9, 2022
For X, perhaps you could use Project X-Ray.

It was a secret project the US military worked on that involved using a bomb that would deploy bats.

That's not a typo; the bomb in question was designed to hold 1,040 Mexican Free-Tail Bats in a hibernated state; the bomb, when dropped, would release the bats and they would go and roost all over the area. Each bat had an incendiary bomb that was set to a timer, and in theory when they went off they would cause fires everywhere. Describing it, this does sound ridiculous, but in context it *could* have worked- given that most Japanese buildings were made out of primarily wood, incendiary bombs would be particularly devastating

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Level 55
May 9, 2022
Learned “Quisling” from the Dominic Behan song, “The Patriot Game,” covered by the Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem.