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Decisive Battles

written by: silverqueen
It was during the Civil War, at the Battle of Mobile Bay, that Union officer David Farragut cried: Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead." The genteel folks of Mobile beg to differ. They believe he said "Damn! Torpedoes! Full speed ahead!." Of course the good people of Mobile still refer to the Civil War as The War of Northern Aggression. Whichever it may be, please take this quiz on Decisive Battles in world history. "Full speed ahead."

Question 1:

On June 18, 1815, the final battle of the Napoleonic Wars took place with Emperor Napoleon attacking the Anglo-Netherlandish army led by the Duke of Wellington. Wellington, aided by the arrival of the Prussian army, led by Prince Gebhard von Blucher, defeated Napoleon and changed the course of European history. What is the name of this battle that even today means a decisive defeat?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 2:

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." These words uttered by Winston Churchill refer to the bravery of the men serving in the British Royal Air Force. What is the name given to the air warfare that was carried out by the powerful Luftwaffe against the RAF
during the summer of 1940?
Battle of Britain
Battle of Midway
Battle of Brittany
Battle of Normandy

Question 3:

The Crusaders lost the Battle of Hattin because of the stupidity of King Guy of Jerusalem who insisted on marching the Crusaders in heavy armor through arid, waterless land and demanding the enemy come out and fight like good Christian soldiers. What Muslin leader was able to lead his quick, mobile cavalry to victory over the Knights Templar and the army of the Crusaders?
Emir Abd-ar-Rahman
Ali Pasha

Question 4:

It was on September 18,1862 that General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of Northern Virgina battled General George McClellan on a cornfield near Sharpsburg, Maryland. What is the name of the battle that is often called the bloodiest single day of warfare in American history?
Second Bull Run

Question 5:

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The Battle of Trafalgar, fought in 1805, was one of the most famous naval battles in history and enabled the British to rule the seas for the next 100 years. However, after this hero raised a signal that read "England expects that every man will do his duty", a French sniper aboard the Redoubtable shot him through his shoulder and lung and pierced his spine. Who died that day on board the HMS Victory?
John Paul Jones
Horatio Nelson
Horatio Hornblower
Francis Drake

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Question 6:

What brilliant Carthaginian general defeated the Romans in the Second Punic War at the Battle of Cannae in 216 B.C.?

Question 7:

Duke Kazimir of Stettin, a member of the Teutonic Knights, insulted King Wladislaw II of Poland when he demanded the King come out and fight like a man. King Wladislaw answered when, by 7:00 p.m. July 15, 1410, 18,000 of the Order of Teutonic Knights were dead or dying and 14,000 of the Order were taken prisoner. Can you name this battle?
Battle of Agincourt
Battle of Blenheim
Battle of Tannenberg
Battle of Tours

Question 8:

Operation Barbarossa is the largest land invasion in history. The superior German army moved further and faster than any other army in the history of modern warfare. But it was in the house-to-house and factory-to-factory fighting that the mighty German Sixth Army was defeated. What battle was the turning point for the Eastern Front in World War II?
Battle of Kursk
Battle of Stalingrad
Battle of Narva
The Somme

Question 9:

In a few minutes of time, skill and luck met over the waters of the Pacific in June 1942. American SBD Dauntless dive bombers from the USS Yorktown and Enterprise struck three Japanese carriers and put them out of action. In what decisive battle did the Japanese lose the carriers Kaga, Soryu, Akagi and the Hiryu?
Battle of Midway
Battle of the Coral Sea
Doolittle Raid
Battle of Wake Island

Question 10:

The Tet Offensive was the first major defeat for the US/ARVN military forces in the Vietnam War.


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