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D-Day - the Invasion at Normandy

written by: danmontg
Many would say that the Normandy Invasion was the greatest amphibious invasion in history. This is a general quiz about that massive and fateful military operation.

Question 1:

In what year did the Normandy Invasion take place?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 2:

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Which general was in overall command of the Allied forces that invaded Normandy?

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Question 3:

The US, Britain and Germany were the main belligerents at Normandy during WWII, but three other nations had troops there who fought in their own organized national units. Which of the following was NOT one of those three nations?

Question 4:

The Allies used various tricks which had some success in convincing the Germans that the "real invasion" of German-occupied France would be at this location.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
The French Mediterranean coast

Question 5:

"Mulberry" was the code name for two artificial harbors built in sections and towed across the English Channel to provide a place for supplies to be landed at Normandy for the invading troops. They were very useful at first but their usefulness was greatly reduced after about two weeks when the following occurred.
The wear and tear of constant use made the Mulberries deteriorate greatly.
The Allies captured the port at Brest and no longer needed the Mulberries.
A violent storm heavily damaged the Mulberries.
The German air force successfully staged a massive bombing raid on the Mulberries.

Question 6:

Name the German general who was in charge of shore defenses and the troops in the coastal areas during the Invasion of Normandy?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 7:

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During the Invasion of Normandy, this was the code name for the beach where fierce German resistance caused heavy US casualties.

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Question 8:

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Which of the following was NOT an Allied advantage over the Germans that contributed to the success of the Normandy Invasion?
The Allied naval forces were superior to the German Navy. They were able to protect the invasion forces and bombard German defenses.
American tanks were superior in quality to all models of German tank.
The Allies had help from the French underground in sabotage of German transportation facilities, etc.
The Allies had almost complete air superiority, that is, their air forces had control of the skies.

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Question 9:

To aid the Normandy invasion Stalin, the Soviet leader, agreed to do the following.
Launch an attack on the eastern front to keep the Germans from moving troops from the East to the western front
Have his air force carry out numerous air attacks on targets in Germany during the Normandy invasion
Release all prisoners from East European nations who wished to join the Allies at Normandy
Send Soviet troops to Britain to act as a reserve if needed

Question 10:

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What statement, regarding the US 101st and 82nd airborne divisions, is true?
They were supposed to land behind German lines but were prevented by the weather from carrying out their plans.
They were used as infantry troops from the second day of the Normandy Invasion
They did not take part in the Normandy Invasion.
They landed behind German defenses on the night before the Normandy Invasion and caused much confusion among the Germans.

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Question 11:

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Before the the Normandy Invasion, the Americans built a large fake army camp to deceive the Germans as to the size and intentions of US forces. To make the camp seem more realistic they appointed one of their most famous generals to be very visible as the "commander" of the fake camp. Who was the general?

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Question 12:

What British General served directly under the Allied supreme commander as commander of ground forces for the Normandy Invasion?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 13:

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Mr. Andrew Higgins of Louisiana USA built a kind of small craft that was used in large numbers for the Invasion of Normandy. Why was this small craft, named after Mr. Higgins, important?
it was heavily armored and could protect soldiers from artillery fire.
It could carry supplies into shallow water where no other ship could go.
It could carry soldiers directly from ports in Britain to Normandy.
It was used in large numbers to transport troops from large troop ships through shallow water to the beaches of Normandy.

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Question 14:

During WWII, American troops assaulted two beaches at Normandy. Three other beaches with code names Gold, Sword and Juno were assaulted by troops who mostly came from these two nations.
Britain and France
France and Poland
Britain and Canada
Britain and Australia

Question 15:

The US Army Chief of Staff, who was highly respected by soldiers and civilians alike, hoped to be the commander of the Normandy Invasion. He was noted for his outstanding work in organizing and directing the US Army through the early, dark days of the war. But President Roosevelt apologized and told him he just couldn't do without his organizing skills in Washington. Who was this outstanding general?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
John Pershing
George Marshall
Ernest King
Douglas MacArthur


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