100 Military Trivia Questions and Answers

From ancient civilizations to modern conflicts, military history has shaped the course of nations and the stories of people worldwide. It’s a fascinating realm, filled with strategies, heroes, battles, and turning points that have defined eras. Whether you’re an enthusiast or a casual learner, this collection of military trivia questions will challenge your knowledge and perhaps inspire a deeper dive into the captivating world of military affairs. Ready your wits, and embark on this quiz-tastic voyage through the annals of war and valor!

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1. What war was fought between the North and the South regions in the USA?

2. Which country was responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941?

3. What is the main infantry weapon used by most modern armies?

4. Which war took place between 1914 and 1918?

5. Which war took place between 1939 and 1945?

6. Who is the commander in chief of the United States military?

7. What battle marked the turning point of the Pacific War in 1942?

8. Which military alliance was established in 1949 for mutual defense against aggression?

9. Which long war was fought in Vietnam between 1955 and 1975?

10. In which war did the Charge of the Light Brigade occur?

11. Who was the famous nurse during the Crimean War?

12. What is the study of the design, manufacture, and use of flags?

13. What is the largest branch of the U.S. military?

14. Which ancient civilization’s military was known for its phalanx formation?

15. What is the semi-automatic pistol adopted by the U.S. military in 1985?

16. Who was the military and political leader of the Soviet Union during World War II?

17. Which military conflict began in 1950 and ended in 1953?

18. What was the primary battle tank of the U.S. during the Gulf War?

19. Which country developed the V-2 rocket during World War II?

20. Who was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in World War II?

21. Which ancient military leader was known for riding elephants into battle?

22. What fortification stretches over 13,000 miles across northern China?

23. In which battle was Napoleon Bonaparte defeated in 1815?

24. What is the name given to the military policy of preventing the use of nuclear weapons through the threat of retaliation?

25. Which British ship was known as ‘The Mighty Hood’ during World War II?

26. In which year did the D-Day invasion take place?

27. Which military aircraft is known for its vertical takeoff and landing capability?

28. Which battle of the American Revolution was fought in 1775 and signaled the start of the war?

29. Which ancient city was besieged for 10 years in a famous war?

30. What was the primary Soviet battle tank during the Cold War?

31. Which war took place in the early 19th century between the British Empire and the Gurkha Kingdom?

32. What was the main fighter aircraft of the British Royal Air Force during World War II?

33. Which ship was famously sunk by a German U-boat in 1915, contributing to U.S. entry into World War I?

34. Which U.S. general was known for his flamboyant style and leadership in the Pacific during World War II?

35. What is the oldest continuously occupied military post in the U.S.?

36. Which military campaign was fought in Egypt and Palestine during World War I?

37. Which king of England signed the Magna Carta in 1215 after a revolt by his barons?

38. What was the main British battle tank during World War II?

39. Which nation’s navy was defeated in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805?

40. Which war was sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand?

41. What operation was the codename for the Battle of Normandy?

42. Which ancient military formation consisted of a block of heavy infantry standing shoulder to shoulder?

43. Which country used the U-boat as a primary naval weapon in World War I and II?

44. Which French military leader returned to power in the 1950s to resolve the crisis in Algeria?

45. Who was the famous Red Baron of World War I?

46. What is the U.S. military academy located in Maryland?

47. Which war was fought between the British Empire and the Boer states?

48. Which missile crisis in 1962 brought the U.S. and the USSR to the brink of nuclear war?

49. What is the main body of the United Nations responsible for maintaining international peace and security?

50. Who was the U.S. general who led the United Nations forces during the Korean War?

51. Which battle is considered the largest tank battle in history?

52. Which medieval weapon is characterized by a heavy head on a solid shaft, used to bludgeon opponents?

53. In which war did the Tet Offensive take place?

54. Which British admiral is known for his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar?

55. What name was given to the line of fortifications built by France along its border with Germany before World War II?

56. Which U.S. president served as a general during World War II?

57. Which Roman general is known for his march on Rome with his army, violating the city’s sacred law?

58. Which war took place between Russia and Japan from 1904 to 1905?

59. Which German battleship was scuttled in Montevideo in 1939?

60. Which famous military tactic involves attacking from two or more sides?

61. What is the name of the U.S. military installation in Nevada known for its secrecy?

62. Which nation invaded the Falkland Islands in 1982?

63. What was the code name for the development of the atomic bomb during World War II?

64. Which weapon was heavily used during World War I, leading to the establishment of the Geneva Protocol?

65. Who was the Confederate general known for his leadership during the U.S. Civil War?

66. Which 19th-century war took place between China and Britain due to disputes over trade and diplomacy?

67. Which World War II battle was fought entirely by air forces?

68. Which military award is the highest decoration awarded by the U.S. government?

69. Which medieval siege weapon was used to throw large projectiles at a castle’s walls?

70. Who was the leader of the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis?

71. What is the name of the network developed by the U.S. military that became the basis for the modern internet?

72. Which conflict in the Middle East began in 2003 with an invasion by a coalition led by the U.S.?

73. Who was the U.S. admiral known for the quote ‘We have met the enemy and they are ours’?

74. Which historic battle took place in 1066 and resulted in the Norman conquest of England?

75. Which operation marked the beginning of the Gulf War in 1991?

76. What is the name of the U.S. Air Force’s aerobatic team?

77. Which Asian country was invaded by the Soviet Union in 1979?

78. Which siege took place in Texas in 1836 and became a symbol of Texan and American courage?

79. Who was the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the U.S. Civil War?

80. What famous military defensive line was built across Britain from the River Forth to the River Clyde during Roman times?

81. Which ancient military leader said ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’?

82. What is the name of the German air force established in 1935?

83. Which war took place between 1861 and 1865?

84. Which famous 16th-century English naval vessel was used in battles against Spain?

85. What is the minimum age to enlist in the U.S. military with parental consent?

86. Which country was invaded in Operation Barbarossa?

87. What was the primary longbow used by the English during the medieval period?

88. Which fort located in South Carolina witnessed the first battle of the U.S. Civil War?

89. What is the practice of sending messages in disguised or hidden form?

90. Which U.S. battleship was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor and later raised and returned to service?

91. Who was the British prime minister during most of World War II?

92. Which country launched the V-1 flying bomb during World War II?

93. Which major operation was launched by the Allies to retake the Philippines in 1944?

94. Which military strategy involves wearing down the enemy by continuous losses in personnel and material?

95. Who was the main Axis power in the Pacific during World War II?

96. Which country did Germany invade on September 1, 1939, leading to the start of World War II?

97. In which battle did the Spanish Armada face the English fleet in 1588?

98. Which country’s invasion marked the beginning of World War II?

99. What was the codename for the Allied invasion of North Africa in World War II?

100. Which 20th-century conflict was characterized by trench warfare and resulted in significant casualties?

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