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Great Naval Operations

written by: bas191
This is a quiz on historical naval engagements.

Question 1:

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On May 18th, 1941 during operation Rheinubung (Rhine Exercise), the German battleship Bismarck, together with the Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen attempted to break out to the Atlantic. After a long chase, the Bismarck was rendered virtually steerless after an attack from Swordfish torpedo bombers. On May 27th several British warships moved in and the fate of the Bismarck was sealed. Which ship did not participate in the sinking of the Bismarck on that day?
The King George V
The Rodney
The Hood
The Norfolk

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During the American Revolutionary War, an attempt was made to sink the British Warship and Blockader HMS Eagle in New York Harbour, on September 7th, 1776. What made this attack so important?
It was the first ever attack by a military submarine.
It was the first attack ever done by frogmen.
The ferociousness of the attack led to the end of the Blockade.
It was the first attack ever from the air.

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In 480 BC a fleet of approximately 366 - 380 warships from the Greek city states faced an overwhelming majority of roughly 720 Persian warships in what would become known as the Battle of Salamis. The outcome of this battle arguably had a great influence on Western society as we know it today.

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In 1628 Spain relied heavily on its possessions in the Americas. It was therefore an important economic blow when one of Spain's treasure fleets was lost when attacked and 16 ships of the Spanish Treasure Fleet were captured that year. The attack went in history as the only battle where so many Spanish treasure boats were captured. Which country benefited from this attack?
England (Sir Francis Drake)
Scotland (Sir Andrew Barton)
The Dutch Republic (Piet Hein)
France (Francois Le Clerc)

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In 1340 an English fleet of about 250 vessels destroyed a French fleet of about 190 vessels in front of the town of Sluys. According to chroniclers, the French lost almost 20.000 men and almost all of their fleet. The losses of the English are unknown, but since King Edward remained at anchor for several days, it is not unlikely that the English losses were significant as well. What was the result of the battle?
It led to the capture of Béuchet , one of the French treasurers, who was later ransomed for a huge amount of money.
It lead the French to modernize their fleet and rethink their Naval Strategy.
It led to the Genoese intervention in favour of the English.
It ensured that the rest of the 100-Year war was fought on French soil.

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In 1916 the largest and last fleet battle between battleships took place. Where did this event take place?
Scapa Flow

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The treaty of Paris of 1856 brought an end to the Crimean War. It also intended to bring an end to the so called 'Letters-of-Marque' which are Government commissions to certain agents, allowing them to destroy certain foreign assets (mostly merchant ships). These agents became known in history as Privateers (and Corsairs). Which of these countries did not ratify this treaty?
United Kingdom
The Netherlands

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On July 3rd, 1940 the UK fleet launched Operation Catapult. During the ensuing fleet engagement, the UK fleet managed to destroy one battleship and severely damage two more. Which country did they attack and where did the attack take place?
Germany - Dunkirk (France)
Italy - Calabria (Italy)
Italy - Taranto (Italy)
France - Mers-el-Kebir (French Algeria)

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On October 7th, 1973 the Battle of Latakia took place. The Israeli fleet clashed with the Syrian fleet, which ended in victory for the Israeli fleet. Although it was a small scale skirmish, it would change the future of naval warfare. What made this battle so important?
With the sinking of El Mina, it effectively brought to an end the era of the battleship.
It was the first Naval battle, actually seeing missile combat.
Israel became the dominant Naval power in the Middle East.
It was the first time that Nuclear submarines fired 'in anger'.

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This battle is considered by historians to be the only sea battle in history, in which battleships fought a decisive fleet action.
The Battle of Tsushima - 1905
The Falkland Conflict - 1982
The Battle of Jutland - 1916
The Battle of Guadalcanal - 1942

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