WW2: Pacific Theater by bdunn02

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WengerAS


Runner(s)-Up:

Dynomutt
Dude, it's cold here.


Quiz Description

Questions about the Pacific Theater of War in WW2. You know, something fun for the kids. No idea if this will be easy or hard. Good luck to us all.

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Questions:

December 7, 1941 fell on what day of the week?

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Sunday

The US First Marine Division's insignia, or battle blaze, includes the name of this island, the site of a noteworthy 1941 battle against Japanese forces, within a red numeral 1.

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Guadalcanal

The Springfield 1903 rifle, used early on by the US Marine Corps in the Pacific War, was soon replaced by this rifle model, which remained the standard service rifle in the US military until the mid-1950s.

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M1 Garand

Although it had not yet declared war on Japan, the US sent three squadrons of aircraft and pilots, dubbed the Flying Tigers and including some civilian pilots, to help which country in its fight against the Japanese?

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China

What was the name of the 1976 movie, starring Charlton Heston and Henry Fonda, that dramatized the decisive battle of the Pacific theater, which came six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor?

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Midway

Arguably more a PR stunt than a strategic attack, in 1942 Doolittle's Raid on Tokyo was launched from the USS Hornet. What model aircraft, unusual to find on an aircraft carrier, were flown by Doolittle and the other raiders?

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B-25 Mitchell (B-25B)

What was the generic name that Allied troops in the Pacific gave to female broadcasters of Japanese propaganda, whose radio broadcasts often included popular music?

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Tokyo Rose

A song originally written by Peter LaFarge and later made into a 1964 Johnny Cash hit recounts some of the experiences of a man who was born in Sacaton, Ariz. This man was immortalized as one of the six who raised the flag on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima in the famous Joe Rosenthal photograph, but then died of exposure at age 32 in 1955. What was the man's name?

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Ira Hayes

In his book With the Old Breed at Peleliu and _____, author Eugene Sledge recounts experiences he recorded in a journal while serving as a Marine mortarman. In addition to the Battle of Peleliu, what other battle, one in which an estimated 40,000-150,000 civilians died, does Sledge recount?

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Battle of Okinawa

During the war, the US created a supply depot on islands that were then a joint protectorate of the British and French. After the Americans departed, native Melanesians, having witnessed the inflow of war materiel on large aircraft, established "cargo cults" (one of which is known as the John Frum cult) in part intended to encourage planes to return with goods for them. What is the present-day name of the country where this happened?

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Vanuatu

This Japanese battleship's last assignment, in 1945, was intended to be a one-way mission to beach itself and be used as a weapons platform in fighting Americans. Instead, the ship was intercepted and sunk.

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Yamato

On August 6, 1945, a B-29 nicknamed Enola Gay dropped a nuclear bomb, nicknamed Little Boy, which detonated over the city of Hiroshima, Japan. What were the nicknames of the airplane and bomb, respectively, that were involved in the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki on August 9th of that year?

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