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World War II quiz

World War II quiz

How much do you know about World War II?

Planes during the blitz in World War Two

1.) Question 1

When did World War II start?

  1. 1939
  2. 1945
  3. 1949

2.) Question 2

Which countries were Britain fighting against during the war?

RAF pilots during the war
  1. America and France
  2. Germany, Italy and Japan
  3. Spain and China

3.) Question 3

Germany invades *

  1. Poland
  2. Preston
  3. Peru

4.) Question 4

The last name of Germany's leader during the war was Hitler, but what was his first name?

Adolf Hitler
  1. Adam
  2. Anthony
  3. Adolf

5.) Question 5

During the war German planes dropped bombs on lots of British cities. What were these attacks called?

The blitz
  1. The Bombings
  2. The Attacks
  3. The Blitz

6.) Question 6

Dig for *

  1. Victory
  2. Potatoes
  3. Tin

7.) Question 7

What was the name of the British prime minister at the end of the war?

Winston Churchill
  1. Tony Blair
  2. Margret Thatcher
  3. Winston Churchill

8.) Question 8

During the war children who lived in big cities across the UK were sent to stay in the countryside where it was safer. What were they called?

  1. Leavers
  2. Evacuees
  3. City kids

9.) Question 9

When did the USA join the war?

Planes flying over the UK
  1. 1939
  2. 1941
  3. 1943

10.) Question 10

When did the war end?

  1. 1940
  2. 1945
  3. 1950


  1. World War II began on 3 September 1939.
  2. Britain was fighting against Germany, Italy and Japan. During the war Germany, Italy and Japan were known as the Axis Powers and Britain, France and America were called the Allies.
  3. The Allies declared war on Germany after the country's army invaded Poland.
  4. Adolf Hitler was the leader of the Nazi party, the group in charge of Germany during the war.
  5. The attacks on cities across the UK are called the Blitz.
  6. Dig for Victory was a famous slogan during the war. In the UK food from shops was rationed which meant that people were told to grow more veg in their gardens.
  7. Winston Churchill became prime minister in 1940. His speeches during the war are famous for keeping the country's spirits high!
  8. The children who left cities were called evacuees.
  9. The USA joined the Allies, Britain and France, in 1941 after Japan attacked one of their army bases called Pearl Harbor.
  10. The war ended on 7 May 1945 when Germany surrendered. Japan surrendered soon after on the 14 August.

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