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Second World War In the Pacific - Places
This quiz tests your knowledge of the places that played important roles in the Pacific War of 1941-45.
The battle that is generally considered the turning point of the Pacific War was fought on and near this island.
The Doolittle raid was the first time the US bombed Japan in the Pacific War. The bombers were launched from an aircraft carrier but the Japanese did not know where the bombers came from. What place did President Roosevelt facetiously name as the place where the bombers had come from?
an underground air base in China
The North Pole
Where did the Japanese and Americans fight for about six months in 1942 before the Japanese were finally defeated and their advance in the Solomon Islands stopped?
In what sea were the combined naval forces of the US, Britain, Netherlands and Australia decisively defeated by the Japanese Navy as they advanced in Southeast Asia in 1942?
South China Sea
The kamikaze, Japanese suicide planes that crashed into Allied ships, first made a systematic appearance in 1944 during the fighting near this location.
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On what Pacific island was the famous picture of US military personnel raising the US flag in 1945 taken?
This island, captured by US forces in 1944, was close enough for B29 bombers to fly round trip to Japan. A major air base was built there from which many B29 bombing attacks were launched and the planes carrying the atomic bombs took off.
What was the only major city in the Pacific theater of operations in which there was major urban warfare between US and Japanese forces?
This Japanese city had a large section burned out in a fire storm started by a large B29 air raid in March 1945. Although statistics are inadequate to judge conclusively, the raid may have killed as many people in one night as were killed by the atomic bomb at Hiroshima.
The British and their allies were shocked in 1942 when the Japanese captured a British colonial city that was supposed to be so well fortified as to be immune to attack. What was that city?
The last major battle of World War Two was also the one that caused the most casualties to the US and their allies (mostly British) in the Pacific War. Where was this battle fought?
During World War Two, General MacArthur's US forces, with help from Australian forces, methodically and skillfully drove the Japanese from the second largest island in the world. What is that island?
In 1944 the US Navy air arm effectively destroyed the Japanese naval air power by sinking three Japanese aircraft carriers and shooting down about 600 Japanese planes in a battle the Americans nicknamed the "turkey shoot". In what sea, which gives the battle its name, did this happen?
Sea of Japan
East China Sea
In what body of water was a naval battle fought in 1942 in which, for the first time in history, the ships of both sides never saw each other?
Gulf of Papua
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