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American Military History Quiz

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The event that helped solidify America as a global superpower is often agreed upon to be World War Two. In this war, America and the Allied Powers fought against the Axis Powers. Which of the following nations was NOT a member of the Axis Powers?
Italy
The Soviet Union
Imperial Japan
Nazi Germany

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In the American Revolutionary War, American patriot soldiers were often known by which of the following nicknames?
Minutemen
Shoremen
Cablemen
Linemen

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America joined the First World War in what year?
1911
1914
1917
1921

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What American war consisted of the two major phases Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm?
The Spanish-American War
The Gulf War
World War Two
The Korean War

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In the War of 1812, the American military fought against the armies of what other nation?
Russia
Mexico
France
Great Britain

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What is the name of the Mexican President and military leader who the U.S. fought and defeated in the Mexican-American War?
Luis Mora
Santa Anna
Enrique Krauze
Vincente Guerrero

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What is the name of the famous African-American infantry regiment that fought effectively in the Civil War and was especially famous for their assault on Fort Wagner?
The 12th New York Regiment
The 33rd Rhode Island Regiment
The 1st Ohio Regiment
The 54th Massachusetts Regiment

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What two battles preceded by Paul Revere's midnight ride are considered the first battles of the Revolutionary War?
The Battles of Greenville and Newmont
The Battles of Cowpens and Fort Enfield
The Battles of Lexington and Concord
The Battles of New York City and Boston

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Oliver Hazard Perry became an American military legend for his victory against all odds in what battle of the War of 1812?
The Battle of Boston Harbor
The Battle of Washington D.C.
The Battle of Ontario
The Battle of Lake Erie

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The Iraq War in 2003 succeeded in toppling the regime of what dictator?
American Military History Quiz
Saddam Hussein
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Mohammad Khotami
Gholam Ruaini

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In what year did the United States Air Force become established as its own separate branch of the military?
1942
1947
1953
1960

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George Washington, Winfield Scott, and Ulysses S. Grant were the first three American officers to be granted what prestigious military rank which is denoted by three stars?
Sergeant General
High Admiral
Lieutenant General
Commander General

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What is the name of the offensive operation during World War One which was the second deadliest battle in American history?
The Reinland Offensive
The Battle of the Rhine
Operation Overlord
The Meuse-Argonne Offensive

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What is the name of the famous American naval vessel nicknamed "Old Ironsides" because of its incredible durability?
The U.S.S. Minnesota
The U.S.S. Roosevelt
The U.S.S. Liberty
The U.S.S. Constitution

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The Battle of Chosin Reservoir determined the stalemate nature of the Korean War as the American and U.N. forces desperately broke through the lines of what other nation's army which had just joined the war on behalf of North Korea?
The Soviet Union
China
Japan
Indonesia

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What future American President won great acclaim for his victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War?
William McKinley
Theodore Roosevelt
Zachary Taylor
Herbert Hoover

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What is the name of this famous fighter and bomber that was used by American forces during World War Two and the Korean War?
The I-19 Rhinoceros
The O-11 Grasshopper
The P-51 Mustang
The 097 Warthog

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The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point in what American war?
The Revolutionary War
The Civil War
World War Two
The War of 1812

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The Gulf War was launched in response to Iraq annexing what other nation?
Kuwait
Iran
Saudi Arabia
Israel

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What is the famous nickname of the U.S. Army Special Forces who specialize in unorthodox warfare?
The Green Berets
The Blue Bulwark
The Viper Corps
The Valorous Vs

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One of the major boons to the American patriots during the Revolutionary War was the aid of the French. What is the name of this famous French officer who helped lead and train American forces during the Revolution?
Duke Edmund du Lyon
Baron Redgrave
Marquess de Guilleforte
Marquis de Lafayette

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What is the name of this man who was the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet during World War Two?
Peter Fondale
Richard Giaro
Chester Nimitz
Alexander Selkirk

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What is the name of this popular repeating rifle which the Union used toward the end of the Civil War?
The Hirun Stampede Rifle
The Gadsden Carbine
The Colt Lever Gun
The Spencer Repeater

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The progress of the Korean War was determined by each side's proximity to what line that split North and South Korea?
The 49th Parallel
The 59th Parallel
The 38th Parallel
The 10th Parallel

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What is the name of the strategy that American naval forces adopted in the Pacific Theater of World War Two where they would only target key Pacific islands for assault while leaving others behind on their way to Japan?
Carrier progression
Island hopping
MacArthur Storming
Tidal Surging

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The American War on Terror was generally launched against members of what terrorist organization which was behind the 9/11 attacks and was founded by Osama Bin Laden?
The Palestinian Liberation Front
The O.J.A.
Al Qaeda
I.S.I.S.

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General John Pershing was a key leader of the American forces who won which war?
The Vietnam War
The Spanish-American War
World War Two
World War One

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What is the name of this legendary American general who helped win the Mexican-American War by capturing Mexico City and routing Santa Anna's forces?
Joshua Chamberlain
William Henry Harrison
John Tyler
Winfield Scott

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What war was started by the explosion of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor?
The Spanish-American War
World War One
The Korean War
The Mexican-American War

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The destructions of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the tragedies that ended what war?
World War One
World War Two
The Korean War
The Vietnam War

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