Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hodgepodge 266/365 - WWII

We went on a geocaching expedition today: a lot of puzzle caches, which can be hard (I let David do those: today he tackled binary numbers and chemistry with resounding success) or basically trivia—my bailiwick! I can search the internet like a champ!

One of the puzzles today was Veterans Day Remembered . . . WWII Super Facts. Here's the quiz. See how much you know. (Answers at the bottom.)

I actually learned a lot by googling for the answers, of which I went in knowing only two.

A/ Which bomber aircraft of WWII was built by Boeing Aircraft?
(a) B-26 Marauder 
(b) B-17 Flying Fortress 
(c) B-24 Liberator 
(d) B-25 Mitchell 

B/ The “Battle of the Bulge,” as it was known, was a major German offensive campaign from December 1944 to January 1945. In which country did it take place?
(a) Belgium
(b) France
(c) Germany
(d) Italy 

C/ LGEN George S. Patton Jr. was quoted as saying, “In my opinion the ________ is the greatest battle implement ever devised.” Fill in the blank.
(a) M1919A4 Browning .30cal Machine Gun
(b) M4 Sherman Tank
(c) M1 Garand Rifle
(d) MK2 Hand Grenade

D/ In which country was the first atomic bomb detonated?
(a) Japan
(b) United States
(c) Germany
(d) Korea

E/ In January 1944 the United States Marine Corps and US Navy began an invasion to drive the Japanese out of and liberate the Marshall Islands. What was this operation called?
(a) Overlord 
(b) The Marshall Plan 
(c) Barbarossa 
(d) Flintlock 

F/ The Second World War was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The Battle of Britain, as it was known, was the defense of the United Kingdom by the Royal Air Force against the German Luftwaffe. In what year did the Battle of Britain begin?
(a) 1939 
(b) 1940 
(c) 1941 
(d) 1942 

G/ In 1941 who was quoted as saying, “In the long run, national socialism and religion will no longer be able to exist together.”
(a) Joseph Stalin
(b) Adolf Hitler 
(c) Benito Mussolini 
(d) Winston Churchill 

H/ How many offensive air strikes were launched on December 7th, 1941, during the Japanese sneak attack against the US naval base and fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor?
(a) 1
(b) 2 
(c) 3 
(d) 4 

I/ Which US submarine is credited with sinking the most tonnage of enemy vessels during WWII? 17 ships, totaling 96,628 tons.
(a) USS Bowfin (SS287)
(b) USS Wahoo (SS238)
(c) USS Barb (SS220)
(d) USS Pampanito (SS383) 

 J/ What was the most decorated (including 21 Medals of Honor) US combat unit during WWII?
(a) 442nd Infantry Regiment (Nisei, Japanese Americans) (motto: Go for Broke)
(b) 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles)
(c) 5307th Composite Unit (Merrill’s Marauders)
(d) 2nd Armored Division (motto: Hell on Wheels)

Answers: A-b, B-a, C-b, D-c, E-d, F-b, G-b, H-b, I-c, J-a

Oh, and? We found all fifteen caches (eight of them puzzle caches) that we went looking for today. Score!

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