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WWII True or False?

Can you guess whether these statements about World War II are true or false?
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Last updated: March 2, 2021
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1. More people died in WWII than in WWI
True
False
2. The movie "Casablanca" takes place during WWII
True
False
3. The Battle of Iwo Jima was considered the "turning point" of the Pacific Theater
True
False
The Battle of Midway is usually considered the turning point
4. Joseph Goebbels was Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi government
True
False
5. Emperor Hirohito of Japan was hanged after the war
True
False
He served as Emperor of Japan until 1989
6. The Nazis invaded and occupied Switzerland
True
False
7. The Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944 was known as "Operation Overlord"
True
False
8. The Germans captured Moscow
True
False
9. There was an attempt to assassinate Hitler with a briefcase bomb
True
False
Planted by Claus von Stauffenberg, the bomb exploded but Hitler was protected by the leg of a conference table
10. China fought in WWII
True
False
Millions of Chinese soldiers and civilians died in the war
11. The Soviet Union and Germany both invaded Poland in 1939
True
False
12. The Japanese destroyed at least 10 aircraft carriers during their attack on Pearl Harbor
True
False
None were destroyed
13. The major Axis powers were Germany, Japan, and Spain
True
False
Spain was not an Axis power, but Italy was
14. Hitler was shot by Soviet troops during the Battle of Berlin
True
False
He committed suicide
15. Albert Einstein spent most of the war in New Mexico, working on the atomic bomb
True
False
41 Comments
+22
Level 85
Mar 2, 2021
My friend, the Grammar Nazi, claims that there's a dangling modifier in Statement 6.
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Level ∞
Mar 2, 2021
This has been corrected, thank you.
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Level 92
Mar 2, 2021
I am shocked I aced this one on the first try. Made educated guesses on at least 5 of them.
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Level 48
Mar 2, 2021
Same, shocked! Thought I'd get at least one wrong
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Level 90
Mar 5, 2021
Same here
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Level 89
Mar 2, 2021
Related trivia: The fascist leaders of Spain and Portugal both stayed in power from before WW2 until 1975 and 1968, respectively. They were considered anti-communist allies of the Western powers that defeated the fascists in the war.
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Level 43
May 8, 2024
Except they were not fascists
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Level 37
May 9, 2024
Yeah they're not fascists haha, even if they were, they would not be able to step down because during the cold war the US needed them to efficiently murder communists of these countries.
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Level 72
May 9, 2024
Whatever you call them, they were authoritarian and anti-democratic. But 1968 is not the correct year. The ‘Carnation Revolution’ happened in 1974, the first elections to write a new constitution were in 1975 and the government formed under that constitution was formed in 1976. 1968 is just the year that Salazar ceased to be Prime Minister. His successor, Caetano made some half-arsed attempts at reform but he was still an authoritarian and he was neither enthusiastic or effective with them. And the ‘National Salvation Junta’ held power from ‘74 until the election which put Mario Soares into office in ‘76.
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Level 40
Mar 2, 2021
Nice quiz.
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Level 78
Mar 2, 2021
The clue gives away the answer for #12. Why would it be "at least" and not just the exact number? If I didn't already know the answer, that'd definitely tip me off.
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Level 56
May 8, 2024
If you get that question wrong even without the at least, then...
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Level 79
Mar 3, 2021
Operation Overlord was the name of the Normandy Campaign. The actual invasion was Operation Neptune.
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Level 66
Mar 5, 2021
Umm.. no. Operation Neptune was only the naval part of Operation Overlord, which also included an airborne invasion.
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Level 55
Mar 15, 2021
Umm...yes. As per those good people at Wikipedia - "The Normandy landings were the landing operations and associated airborne operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day".
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Level 61
Mar 3, 2021
Very good quiz, 14/15 as my brain thought Einstein spent most of the war in New Mexico for some reason... Good quiz nonetheless.
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Level 65
Mar 3, 2021
Despite being one of the original signers of a letter urging FDR to develop atomic weapons, Einstein was considered to be a security risk, and was never even invited to participate in the Manhattan Project. Frankly, Einstein wasn't at that point a foremost expert in the nascent field of Nuclear Physics, not that he wouldn't have been able to learn had he been offered the chance.
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Level 27
Mar 4, 2021
15/15,First time i have got full marks!
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Level 23
Mar 4, 2021
this is a new trending quiz
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2021
Kind of sad that (as of now) 25% of people think China didn't fight in WWII. I think a lot of what happened in East Asia gets very little attention in Europe/USA. I had to go out of my way to learn about much of it anyway, and I'm sure it's more widely-known in the USA than in Europe because of their closer involvement.
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Level 58
Mar 5, 2021
I think several people who answered that question wrong were thinking that China technically fought in the Sino-Japanese war, not WWII (similar to how Finland didn't officially fight in WWII but they fought in the Winter War)
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Level 67
Mar 5, 2021
I got that question correct, but I have to agree with Alex. At least in the US, the only part of the eastern theater that we learn is the US vs. Japan naval engagement.
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Level 66
Jun 20, 2023
Also probably due to the Wests education policies and usually sticking away from the Japanese invasion of China. But I know people on JetPunk can be really clever.
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2021
I think Johnny is probably right, but it should be well-known that that Sino-Japanese War absolutely was part of WWII, even if not "officially" so at the outset.
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Level 78
Mar 6, 2021
I contemplated for a few seconds whether Japan had already conquered all of China by 1939, and so if there was technically a China left to participate in the war.
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Level 37
Mar 8, 2021
The Soviet Union and Germany both invaded Poland in 1939.

This is very misleading and the correct answer should be "false".

Either write Russia and Germany invaded Poland or Soviet Union and Third Reich (or German Reich) invaded Poland.

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Level 79
Mar 16, 2021
No
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Level 82
Mar 21, 2021
What a strange 'correction'. The official names of the two countries that invaded Poland were the German Reich and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The short form of those names is Germany and the Soviet Union respectively. So the question is absolutely correct. The 'Third Reich' was a rhetorical device used in Nazi propaganda, but was never the name of the country. Meanwhile Russia, was one of the constituent parts of the Soviet Union, in the form of the Russian Soviet Federative Republic, but was not the sovereign state which invaded Poland.
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Level 21
Mar 9, 2021
Germany and the Soviet union did invade Poland together. It doesnt matter if its a different name.
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Level 21
Mar 9, 2021
Overall, Great quiz.
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Level 79
Jul 7, 2021
Surprised I got all right (having learnt History at school helped I guess)
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Level 66
Aug 10, 2021
THANK YOU, SABATON! I wouldn't be able to answer this correctly if it weren't for your songs!
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Level 47
Oct 15, 2022
14/15 i don't know anything about the movie casablanca
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Level 47
Oct 15, 2022
nice quiz
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Level 17
Oct 17, 2022
People were confusing the names Einstein, and Oppenheimer, I presume.
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Level 69
Oct 20, 2022
Crazy that Hirohito kept ruling until 1989. Dude was about as evil as Hitler himself and Japan just let him rule until 1989.
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Level 43
May 12, 2023
He was more of a figurehead in Japan rather than the one leading the war effort.
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Level 72
May 8, 2024
That was the story created by postwar apologists, including MacArthur, who found retaining Hirohito as Emperor, albeit in a much diminished role, convenient in turning a defeated Japan into an ally of the U.S. Hirohito was, in fact, much more than a figurehead. Tojo could not have ordered the attack on Pearl Harbor, for example, without the Emperor's approval. Hirohito gave it. Hirohito himself was troubled until the end of his life by his role in bringing on the war (even if, like many Japanese, he also had a hard time actually acknowledging the war crimes committed by the Japanese military against the people they were "liberating").
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Level 23
Apr 29, 2024
Hello,

I translate the quiz to german. If you are not okay with it, please contact me.

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Level 23
May 17, 2024
Hi, Is it okay for you?
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Level 22
May 8, 2024
I'm surprised that only 73% think China fought in WWII. The anti-Japanese war is undoubtly a part of WWII. In fact,more than 35 million people died in this war. China played an important role at that time. If China failed, Japan was possible to invade Siberia of USSR, Indochina peninsula, and even Alaska.