D-Day by RobinJRichards

Champion(s):

LorinBurte
Get off my lawn!


Runner(s)-Up:

helitzur


Quiz Description

In honor of the upcoming 75th Anniversary, answer the following about the events of June 6, 1944.

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Questions:

This was the code name for the Battle of Normandy from June 6 to August 25, 1944.

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(Operation) Overlord [Operation Neptune was the name for the landings at Normandy (AKA D-Day), but not the campaign itself]

Many set the end date of (the answer to Q1) as such because of this event that took place on August 25th. It was the subject of a book, whose title questioned combustibility, by Dietrich von Choltitz, the German commander at the time.

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Liberation of Paris [the book was "Is Paris Burning?"]

Of the five beaches of D-Day, which one was used almost exclusively by Canadian troops.

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Juno

Of the five beaches of D-Day, which one was in the direct center of all five? [And yes, the answer to Q3 is still a possible answer.] (edited at 3:02 pm, May 29, 2019 (CDT))

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Gold

This German Field Marshall was away from Normandy from June 5-6 celebrating his wife’s birthday. Before the end of the year he would be dead as a result of an “honorable suicide.”

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Erwin Rommel

One of the major objectives of the invasion was to eventually obtain this French port, among others. This particular port was the first the Titanic visited after leaving Southampton.

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Cherbourg

Until they could capture (the answer to Q6, among others), the Allies used these artificial harbors made of floating concrete jetties and sunken ships. Their name holds no back meaning as the word was the next code word on the list to be assigned, but when used, they do have several benefits like increased circulation of blood and invading armies.

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Mulberries

“....toward which we have striven these many months.” What three *exact* words come before this phrase, part of General Eisenhower's pre-invasion speech, which has since been used as one of the many nicknames for D-Day.

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..."the Great Crusade..."

In what could have been the most meta meta moment in history, had the weather delayed the landings on June 6th, they would have most likely happened around June 21st, making this other moniker for D-Day more apt and timely. Regardless, Cornelius Ryan found it a perfect title for a book written in 1959.

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The Longest Day

In 1964, these two actors shared a scene for the first time at a hotel in Miami Beach. However that isn’t the first time they were in the same film. Two years earlier, one played a Scottish private while the other played a German Unteroffizier whose job was to fetch coffee every morning in the film version of (the answer to Q9). Name both actors.

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Sean Connery and Gert Fröbe [a third Bond actor, Curt Jürgens, was also in “The Longest Day” playing a German General]

When German forces began to build the Atlantic Wall, (the answer to Q5) felt it was more for propaganda than military effectiveness (he was later found to be correct). As such, (the answer to Q5) likened it to this fantasy world, made famous in "The Birds" by Aristophanes. (edited at 3:25 pm, May 29, 2019 (CDT))

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Cloud Cuckoo Land [or in German, Wolkenkuckucksheim]

This general was in charge of Operation Quicksilver, part of Operation Fortitude, the Allied effort to create a fake army out of balloon tanks and fake radio traffic to deceive the Germans. In his eyes, it was a slap in the face.

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George Patton

Dating back to the Roman times, when they were used to mark property and enclose fields, this feature of Normandy just behind the beaches was the site of major fighting. Because it was the perfect set-up for German snipers, it took almost to the end of July for the Allied troops to breakout and capture St. Lo, a major city to the south of the beaches.

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Hedgerow (or “Norman Bocage")