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The Pacific Quiz!

How much do you know about the war in the Pacific?  Put your brain to the test with our Pacific quiz and see how well you know your history. 

1. What year was Pearl Harbour attacked? 
a. 1940
b. 1941
c. 1949

2. When the United States dropped the first atomic bomb in Hiroshima on 6th August 1945, how many people died? 
a. 40,000 - 50,000
b. 90,000 - 166,000
c. 120,000 - 125,000

3. What is the name of the day when Japan surrendered, thus ending World War II?
a. VJ Day
b. JS Day
c. VWW2 Day

4. How did the Indianapolis sink?
a. She was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine - two torpedoes sank her in 12 minutes with a loss of 300 men
b. She hit a rock after a missile broke the back of the ship, killing almost 500 men
c. There were too many crew onboard, so when the ship was attacked it sank due to the sheer number of marines onboard

5. When it came to aircraft, what was the purpose of 'Fighters'?
a. Fighters were staged only at the front of a formation so they could dip and 'fight'
b. Fighters were far superior to other aircraft in terms of ammunition, so their purpose was to fight aggressively, as opposed to other aircrafts who waited in the wings before attacking 
c. Their aim was to destroy other aircraft in aerial combat

6. In which year did Russia declare war on Japan?
a. 1941
b. 1944
c. 1945

7. What is a brig? 
a. Soldiers who had contracted dysentery were often given this nickname
b. A brig is a prison or other place of confinement aboard a ship or ashore at a Marine Corps or naval station
c. Brig is the name for the youngest solider in a military group 

8. What happened on 8th December, 1940?
a. The German raider Orion sank the steamer Turakina off Cape Egmont
b. The New Zealand steamer Komata was sunk by German raiders off Nauru Island
c. The Rangitane sunk by German raiders 480km from East Cape

9. What did marines have to deal with on Pavuvu island (about 60 miles west-northwest of Guadalcanal)?  
a. Countless rats and land crabs 
b. Severe stomach illness from coconuts
c. Unruly natives

10. What does OP stand for? 
a. OP stands for operation placement. If a soldier required treatment, he would be given an place/put on the list for an operation.  
b. OP is short for observation post, used to watch enemy movements and warn of approaching soldiers.
c. OP were the initials of one of the top commanders in the New Zealand regiment.  If a soldier had achieved an award for bravery then his comrades would compare him (call) to their leader as a sign of respect.

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