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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/12/2008 2:02:03 PM   
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Current unanswered questions:

-Neilster: What strange method of guiding American air-launched weapons was suggested by a famous researcher towards the end of the Second World War?

-Warspite1: Which two naval vessels - one Italian, one German were named after the same historical character?

-Tigercub: when was the worlds first computer made and what for?

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/12/2008 2:03:48 PM   
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when was the worlds first computer made and what for?
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Don`t know what that`s got to do with WWII - but from my computer studies lessons back in the early 80`s wasn`t it something to do with Charles Babbage and Napier`s bones?? Late 1700`s/early 1800`s.

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/12/2008 2:51:08 PM   
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quote:

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when was the worlds first computer made and what for?
Warspite1

Don`t know what that`s got to do with WWII - but from my computer studies lessons back in the early 80`s wasn`t it something to do with Charles Babbage and Napier`s bones?? Late 1700`s/early 1800`s.


Babbage, working from the 1820s until his death in 1871, didn't complete his mechanical computing machines. He kept tinkering with the designs and was a hard man to work for. His Difference Engine has since been built and it works. His Analytical Engine would have been a true computer.

There are some other contenders but generally it's considered the first electronic computer was Colossus, built by the British. It was used for code-breaking and generally on the Fish (German High Command) intercepts if I remember correctly.

Cheers, Neilster

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/12/2008 4:05:49 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: tigercub

when was the worlds first computer made and what for?
Warspite1

Don`t know what that`s got to do with WWII - but from my computer studies lessons back in the early 80`s wasn`t it something to do with Charles Babbage and Napier`s bones?? Late 1700`s/early 1800`s.


Babbage, working from the 1820s until his death in 1871, didn't complete his mechanical computing machines. He kept tinkering with the designs and was a hard man to work for. His Difference Engine has since been built and it works. His Analytical Engine would have been a true computer.

There are some other contenders but generally it's considered the first electronic computer was Colossus, built by the British. It was used for code-breaking and generally on the Fish (German High Command) intercepts if I remember correctly.

Cheers, Neilster

Warspite1

Neilster

That answers my - "Don`t know what that`s got to do with WWII" - comment then doesn`t it?

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/12/2008 6:03:56 PM   
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Seems this stopped up as soon as we got a few really hard ones. Oh well, I'll throw in an easy one then;

Q: Which highranking member of the Luftwaffe (early years) was more interested in testing the new models instead of running his own office?

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/12/2008 6:50:51 PM   
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Seems this stopped up as soon as we got a few really hard ones. Oh well, I'll throw in an easy one then;

Q: Which highranking member of the Luftwaffe (early years) was more interested in testing the new models instead of running his own office?

I guess you mean Ernst Udet?

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/12/2008 8:32:34 PM   
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Good fun. Ok, here are a few head scratchers:


Q: What was the task of the 813th Pioneirkompanie of the Wehrmacth in Paris in August 1944?


Q: Who did Hitler call The Most Feared Man In Europe?


Q: What was the nickname of William Joyce, the British-American who broadcast English language propaganda for Germany?


Q: Identify the most decorated (ie medals, awards, citations) American unit in WW2.


Q: What was the code name for the US invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945?


Q: Name the Polish Division that fought on the side of the Soviets against the Germans.


Q: Identify the pilot who flew more combat missions then anyone else during the war.


And here are some real tough ones:


Q: Who was the youngest man serving in the US Navy to win a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and how old was he?


Q: Who was sent searching Cairo to locate a mansion for Rommel to take as his HQ in his so-to-be-accoplished capture of the city?


Q: What was Hitler's dog's name?




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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/12/2008 8:41:57 PM   
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quote:

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Seems this stopped up as soon as we got a few really hard ones. Oh well, I'll throw in an easy one then;

Q: Which highranking member of the Luftwaffe (early years) was more interested in testing the new models instead of running his own office?

I guess you mean Ernst Udet?


I did indeed!

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/12/2008 8:42:52 PM   
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Which two naval vessels - one Italian, one German were named after the same historical character?


Hmm.

Gonna take a guess at Julius Ceasar? (SS Kaiser Jules, and the battleship Guilio Caesare)

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/12/2008 9:14:55 PM   
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Good fun. Ok, here are a few head scratchers:


Q: What was the task of the 813th Pioneirkompanie of the Wehrmacth in Paris in August 1944?


Q: Who did Hitler call The Most Feared Man In Europe?


Q: What was the nickname of William Joyce, the British-American who broadcast English language propaganda for Germany?


Q: Identify the most decorated (ie medals, awards, citations) American unit in WW2.


Q: What was the code name for the US invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945?


Q: Name the Polish Division that fought on the side of the Soviets against the Germans.


Q: Identify the pilot who flew more combat missions then anyone else during the war.


And here are some real tough ones:


Q: Who was the youngest man serving in the US Navy to win a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and how old was he?


Q: Who was sent searching Cairo to locate a mansion for Rommel to take as his HQ in his so-to-be-accoplished capture of the city?


Q: What was Hitler's dog's name?




1. Didn't someone get the order to destroy Paris but they had ridiculously few men to do it? Was it these guys?

2. Otto Skorzenzy

3. Lord Haw Haw

7. Rudel, maybe

10. Blondie

Dunno the others and looking them up is against the spirit of the quiz.

Cheers, Neilster

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/12/2008 11:35:22 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Norman42


Good fun. Ok, here are a few head scratchers:


Q: What was the task of the 813th Pioneirkompanie of the Wehrmacth in Paris in August 1944?


Q: Who did Hitler call The Most Feared Man In Europe?


Q: What was the nickname of William Joyce, the British-American who broadcast English language propaganda for Germany?


Q: Identify the most decorated (ie medals, awards, citations) American unit in WW2.


Q: What was the code name for the US invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945?


Q: Name the Polish Division that fought on the side of the Soviets against the Germans.


Q: Identify the pilot who flew more combat missions then anyone else during the war.


And here are some real tough ones:


Q: Who was the youngest man serving in the US Navy to win a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and how old was he?


Q: Who was sent searching Cairo to locate a mansion for Rommel to take as his HQ in his so-to-be-accoplished capture of the city?


Q: What was Hitler's dog's name?




1. Didn't someone get the order to destroy Paris but they had ridiculously few men to do it? Was it these guys?

2. Otto Skorzenzy

3. Lord Haw Haw

7. Rudel, maybe

10. Blondie

Dunno the others and looking them up is against the spirit of the quiz.

Cheers, Neilster

Warspite1

2. I`d have said Rheinhardt Heydrich
3. Agree
5. Iceberg
10. Agree

Others - I could not even guess at....

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/12/2008 11:43:34 PM   
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quote:

Which two naval vessels - one Italian, one German were named after the same historical character?


Hmm.

Gonna take a guess at Julius Ceasar? (SS Kaiser Jules, and the battleship Guilio Caesare)
Warspite1

Nope - in both cases

Clue: Both ships feature in ships in flames i.e. its not some obscure e-boat or something. By the way - what was SS Kaiser Jules??

Having ships of the same name must be fairly uncommon but bizarrely at the Battle of Trafalgar all three navies British/Spanish and French had a Neptune in the battle, both the French and Spanish had an Argonaut and Achille and Swiftsure featured in both the British and French fleets.

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/12/2008 11:54:55 PM   
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What was the name of the only man to win two Victoria Crosses in World War II (and the only combat soldier ever to do so)?
What was his nationality?

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 12:07:45 AM   
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can't think the the VC guys name off the top of my head, but he was a Gurkha.

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 12:15:44 AM   
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can't think the the VC guys name off the top of my head, but he was a Gurkha.
Warspite1

Nope to that one too.

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 12:16:00 AM   
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an easy one
who is the odd one out, and why?
Lee Marvin
John Wayne
Audy Murphy
James Stewart

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 12:17:33 AM   
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an easy one
who is the odd one out, and why?
Lee Marvin
John Wayne
Audy Murphy
James Stewart
Warspite1

John Wayne or Lee Marvin - I`ll plump for John Wayne - the others were in the air force.

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 12:32:23 AM   
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good plump but not the right reason


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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 12:34:55 AM   
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good plump but not the right reason

I know Murphy and Stewart were air force - so was Marvin navy or army and John Wayne neither - he just pretended to be tough on the silver screen??

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 12:41:48 AM   
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Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1925May 28, 1971)[2] was an American soldier in World War II, who later became an actor, appearing in 44 American films.[2] He also found success as a country music composer.
In 27 months of combat action in World War II, Murphy became the most decorated United States combat soldier in United States military history.[2][3] He received the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military's highest award for valor, along with 32 additional U.S. medals,[2][3]five from France, and one from Belgium.[1][2][4]

James Stewart  in 1940, Stewart was drafted into the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) but was rejected due to a weight problem. The USAAC had strict height and weight requirements for new recruits and Stewart was five pounds under the standard. To get up to 148 pounds he sought out the help of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's muscle man, Don Loomis, who was legendary for his ability to add or subtract pounds in his studio gymnasium. Stewart subsequently attempted to enlist in the USAAC but still came in under the weight requirement although he persuaded the AAC enlistment officer to run new tests, this time passing the weigh-in,[30] with the result that Stewart successfully enlisted in the Army in March 1941. He became the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II.

Lee Marvin was in the U.S. 4th Marine Division, serving as a sniper. He was wounded in action during the WWII Battle of Saipan, eight months prior to the Battle of Iwo Jima. Most of his platoon were killed during the battle. This had a significant effect on Marvin for the rest of his life.[2] He was awarded the Purple Heart medal and was given a medical discharge with the rank of Private First Class.[3]


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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 12:48:01 AM   
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Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1925May 28, 1971)[2] was an American soldier in World War II, who later became an actor, appearing in 44 American films.[2] He also found success as a country music composer.
In 27 months of combat action in World War II, Murphy became the most decorated United States combat soldier in United States military history.[2][3] He received the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military's highest award for valor, along with 32 additional U.S. medals,[2][3]five from France, and one from Belgium.[1][2][4]

James Stewart  in 1940, Stewart was drafted into the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) but was rejected due to a weight problem. The USAAC had strict height and weight requirements for new recruits and Stewart was five pounds under the standard. To get up to 148 pounds he sought out the help of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's muscle man, Don Loomis, who was legendary for his ability to add or subtract pounds in his studio gymnasium. Stewart subsequently attempted to enlist in the USAAC but still came in under the weight requirement although he persuaded the AAC enlistment officer to run new tests, this time passing the weigh-in,[30] with the result that Stewart successfully enlisted in the Army in March 1941. He became the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II.

Lee Marvin was in the U.S. 4th Marine Division, serving as a sniper. He was wounded in action during the WWII Battle of Saipan, eight months prior to the Battle of Iwo Jima. Most of his platoon were killed during the battle. This had a significant effect on Marvin for the rest of his life.[2] He was awarded the Purple Heart medal and was given a medical discharge with the rank of Private First Class.[3]

Warspite1

No - I obviously didn`t know Audie Murphy was air force!! - Right answer though

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 3:06:18 AM   
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Good fun. Ok, here are a few head scratchers:


Q: What was the task of the 813th Pioneirkompanie of the Wehrmacth in Paris in August 1944?


Q: Who did Hitler call The Most Feared Man In Europe?


Q: What was the nickname of William Joyce, the British-American who broadcast English language propaganda for Germany?


Q: Identify the most decorated (ie medals, awards, citations) American unit in WW2.


Q: What was the code name for the US invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945?


Q: Name the Polish Division that fought on the side of the Soviets against the Germans.


Q: Identify the pilot who flew more combat missions then anyone else during the war.


And here are some real tough ones:


Q: Who was the youngest man serving in the US Navy to win a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and how old was he?


Q: Who was sent searching Cairo to locate a mansion for Rommel to take as his HQ in his so-to-be-accoplished capture of the city?


Q: What was Hitler's dog's name?






1. Didn't someone get the order to destroy Paris but they had ridiculously few men to do it? Was it these guys?

Correct. The ~60 men of this unit were tasked with destroying Paris' landmarks, including the historic Seine bridges, and the eiffel Tower.

2. Otto Skorzenzy

Correct. Hitler's German-Hungarian super commando led daring raids, including rescuing Mussolini.

3. Lord Haw Haw

Correct.

7. Rudel, maybe

Correct. 2530 sorties and 500 tanks killed are credited to him...as well as his own WiF air unit.

10. Blondie

Correct. She was an English Terrir if I recall correctly.

Dunno the others and looking them up is against the spirit of the quiz.

Cheers, Neilster



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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 3:10:58 AM   
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5. Iceberg


Correct.  Operation Iceberg was the code name of the Okinawa invasion.

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 5:55:15 AM   
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Q: Identify the most decorated (ie medals, awards, citations) American unit in WW2.

Q: Name the Polish Division that fought on the side of the Soviets against the Germans.


The 442 (Nisei) Regiment was the most decorated American unit in WWII.

The First Red Polish Army was the name of the unit that the poles remaining in Russia formed.

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 5:59:56 AM   
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10. Blondie

Correct. She was an English Terrir if I recall correctly.

Dunno the others and looking them up is against the spirit of the quiz.

Cheers, Neilster


Pretty sure Blondie was an Alsatian.

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 6:12:18 AM   
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ORIGINAL: terje439

Current unanswered questions:

-Warspite1: Which two naval vessels - one Italian, one German were named after the same historical character?


Prince Eugene of Savoy - Prinz Eugen - E. Di Savoia
Fought with Marlborough at Blenheim although born in Paris. One of the big "what-ifs" of history is if Louis XIV would have recognized his talent.

< Message edited by paulderynck -- 7/13/2008 6:16:22 AM >

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 8:22:04 AM   
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The 442 (Nisei) Regiment was the most decorated American unit in WWII.


Correct. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team consisted of Japanese-American volunteers. They won 4,667 major medals, awards, and citations, including 560 silver stars, 4000 bronze stars, 52DSCs, and 1 Medal of Honor. The unit also never had a single case of desertion throught the war. The majority served while their relatives were being held in American internment camps due to their Japanese heritage.

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The First Red Polish Army was the name of the unit that the poles remaining in Russia formed.


Correct, although the first specific division that fought alongside the Soviets was called the 'Kosciusko Division'.




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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 8:49:08 AM   
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Q: Which Pilots managed to score more than 300 officially approved victories during WW2?

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 12:52:23 PM   
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ORIGINAL: paulderynck

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ORIGINAL: terje439

Current unanswered questions:

-Warspite1: Which two naval vessels - one Italian, one German were named after the same historical character?


Prince Eugene of Savoy - Prinz Eugen - E. Di Savoia
Fought with Marlborough at Blenheim although born in Paris. One of the big "what-ifs" of history is if Louis XIV would have recognized his talent.

Warspite1 - correct paulderynck.
Still the hero double V.C winner question outstanding from me.

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RE: OT - WWII quiz - 7/13/2008 4:32:19 PM   
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This is trickier and hopefully hard to Google. What strange method of guiding American air-launched weapons was suggested by a famous researcher towards the end of the Second World War?

Cheers, Neilster


Is Googling allowed or not ? I Googled to find out the Polish Bear story.

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