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What German general in World War II was given the sobriquet 'The Desert Fox'?Erwin Rommel
Who was the most recent American general who went on to become President?Dwight D. Eisenhower
Who commanded the Continental Army during the War of American Independence?George Washington
What French heroine is known as 'The Maid of Orleans'?Joan of Arc
What Soviet city endured an 872-day siege by German forces during the Second World War?Leningrad
What ancient city fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453?Constantinople
Although remembered as a Frenchman, Napoleon Bonaparte was actually born on what island?Corsica
Who was the Spanish conquistador famous for conquering the Aztec Empire with a few hundred men?Hernan Cortes
What was the code name given to the operation known to history as D-Day, or the invasion of Normandy in 1944?Operation Overlord
What is the name of the military formation used by Ancient Greek armies during the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars?The Phalanx
What other 20th Century war (besides World War II) fought by the Empire of Japan opened with a surprise attack on an enemy naval base?The Russo-Japanese War
What was the name given to the portion of the Seven Years' War fought in North America?The French and Indian War
What battle of the Persian War saw Spartan king Leonidas sacrifice himself and 300 Spartans to buy time for the rest of Greece to prepare?Thermopylae
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At what battle was a shot fired that is known to history as 'the shot heard round the world'?The Battle of Lexington
What name was given to the alliance of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire during the First World War?The Central Powers
Where did the Germans first employ the use of chlorine gas in the First World War?Ypres, Belgium
What was the name of the typical Roman legionary's short sword?Gladius
What famous American frigate defeated the HMS Guerriere on August 19, 1812?USS Constitution
What battle saw Hannibal Barca decisively defeat a Roman army of 70,000 men?Cannae
Who commanded the Army of the Potomac at the Battle of Gettysburg?George G. Meade
What Crimean War battle was memorialized in the poem, 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'?Balaclava
In what battle of the Zulu War did roughly 150 British soldiers defeat a Zulu army of nearly 4,000?Rorke's Drift
What was the first war fought by the United States entirely outside its own territory?The First Barbary War
At what battle did Constantine the Great claim he saw a vision that led to his conversion to Christianity?The Battle of the Milvian Bridge
What 1896 battle with Italian invaders secured the survival of the Ethiopian Empire, at least for another 41 years?Adowa
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