1. Which event is
generally considered to be the first belligerent act of World War
2. Which two countries
were the first to declare war on Germany?
3. Against which
country did the Soviet Union instigate an armed conflict in late 1939?
4. What were the
first two western European countries that Germany invaded?
5. Which best describes
Germany’s standard invasion strategy at the beginning of World War
6. What major mistake
did the Allies make in preparing to defend against Germany’s attack
7. What happened
at Dunkirk in May 1940?
8. Where was the
French surrender to Germany signed?
9. Why did the British
Royal Navy attack French warships at Mers-el-Kebir?
10. What was Germany’s
initial strategy for conquering Britain?
11. What was the
12. Overall, the
Battle of Britain is considered to be
13. What was Italy’s
primary role in the war?
14. What was Hitler’s
primary justification for invading Russia?
15. What was the
code name given to Germany’s plan to invade the USSR?
16. What happened
to the Soviet air force during the opening days of the German invasion?
17. Which of the
following was not a part of the Soviet defense plan
18. On which region
of the Soviet Union did Hitler place the highest priority?
19. Via what route
did Russians manage to send some supplies to Leningrad during the
German siege of the city?
20. Which country
was the site of most of the Nazi extermination camps?
21. How did the Western
Allies respond to Germany’s invasion of Russia?
22. What Japanese
action created tension with the United States?
23. What U.S. action
created tension with Japan?
24. Who was the Japanese
admiral behind the Pearl Harbor attack?
25. Which of the
following was not true about the Pearl Harbor attack?
26. What was unique
about the Doolittle Raid?
27. Which battle
is considered to be the turning point for the war in the Pacific?
28. The Battle of
the Coral Sea was a unique naval battle in that
29. During the Battle
of Midway, Japan lost
30. The Battle of
31. Who met at Casablanca?
32. What was the
focus of the Tehran Conference?
33. What was the
significance of Guadalcanal to Japan?
34. Why was the Japanese
capture of Rangoon such a bitter loss for the Allies?
35. Which statement
best characterizes the series of battles in the Pacific following
the Battle of Guadalcanal?
36. What was the
significance of Mt. Suribachi?
37. Which country
instigated the conflict in North Africa?
38. Why did Allied
forces invade Italy after it had already surrendered?
39. What was Monte
40. The Battle of
Kursk is best described as
41. After the Battle
of Kursk, German forces
42. What was the
code name for the Allied invasion of Europe?
43. The Allied invasion
of Europe was primarily directed at
44. What was the
location of the second major Allied assault into Europe in 1944?
45. Why was the Luftwaffe
so ineffective during the last part of the war?
46. Where did the
Battle of the Bulge take place?
47. What were the
V1 and V2?
48. Which Allied
country’s forces arrived in Berlin first?
49. In the last six
months of the war, what was the U.S. strategy for winning the conflict
50. At what conference
did the Allies set the terms for the Japanese surrender?