Can You Name These American Wars from one Well-Known Fact?

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America is no stranger to armed conflict, having fought wars all over planet Earth. Can you name these major American wars from one fact about the conflict?

What was the very first war in American history?

America wouldn't have even existed without its first armed conflict -- the American Revolution. In 1775, American colonists declared their independence from Britain and then backed it up with blood.

General Ulysses Grant made a name for himself during which war?

During the Civil War, Grant was one of the most successful generals fighting for the Union. His battlefield triumphs subsequently propelled him into the White House.

What was the deadliest war in American history?

No other war can match the casualty rate of the Civil War. More than 600,000 troops lost their lives during the four-year ordeal. Most of them perished from diseases.

An attack on Pearl Harbor dragged America into which war?

As the Nazis plundered Europe, America was content to twiddle its thumbs in terms of actual military force. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, though, that calculus changed, and the United States went into full war mode.

Which war was fought to defeat a combined enemy force called the Axis?

During World War II, the Axis Powers of Japan, Germany and Italy decided to attack other countries. The Allies banded together to confront Axis aggression, altering the balance of political power throughout the world.

What is the longest war in American history?

The longest war in American history still hasn't ended. It's the War in Afghanistan and it's been raging on and off for about 16 years.

What was the name of the war that toppled a dictator named Saddam Hussein?

The turbulence of the 9/11 attacks rippled outward to Iraq, which the United States invaded in 2003. American troops captured Saddam Hussein, who was later executed by hanging.

The Treaty of Versailles ended which war?

At the end of World War I, Germany was forced into signing the humiliating terms of the Treaty of Versailles. The treaty's burdensome terms played a major role in sparking the Second World War.

Which war was fought in part due to the United States' "domino theory" of Communism?

During the Cold War, American officials worried that if Communist North Vietnam defeated South Vietnam, Communism might spread through other countries, like dominoes toppling. So U.S. troops were deployed for years in hopes of halting Communism's progress.

The Battle of New Orleans was fought after which war had already ended?

During the War of 1812, Britain sent ships to capture New Orleans, and outgunned and outmanned American forces beat them back. Oh, and the war had ended weeks earlier but the news hadn't caught up to the soldiers yet.

Which war was also known as The War to End All Wars?

World War I, The Great War, The War to End All Wars -- an epic clash of major countries that started in 1914. But sadly, it didn't end all wars.

The Burning of Washington happened during which war?

In 1814, during the War of 1812, the British stormed Washington, D.C. and set fire to many buildings, including what would later be called the White House. It's the only time in American history that the capital has been occupied by an enemy army.

Abraham Lincoln was president during which famous war?

During the Civil War, the North and South fought each other for their very survival. Abraham Lincoln's deft political maneuvering played a major role in preserving the Union from destruction.

Which war was described by President Truman as a "police action"?

Politics is a game of semantics, particularly with regard to war. Truman initially called the Korean War a "police action," and that's part of the reason that the war is often overlooked in the annals of American warfare.

Which war took place in the Middle East?

The Gulf War started in 1990. It was a coalition of forces determined to drive Iraq's forces out of Kuwait.

The Second Battle of Manila was part of which war?

Filipinos wanted their independence; America objected. Fighting broke out starting with the Second Battle of Manila, which took place at the beginning of the Philippine-American War in 1899.

Saigon became a point of contention during which war?

Saigon was the capital of South Vietnam and it was hardly spared during the war. As American troops withdrew, the city collapsed and eventually wound up in the hands of the North Vietnamese.

The Pusan Perimeter became famous during which conflict?

During the Korean War, the United States came to the aid of South Korea, and they were immediately pushed back into the Pusan Perimeter by the aggressive North Koreans. Near defeat, the U.S. and United Nations forces pushed out of the Pusan and drove the North Koreans back.

The Battles of Lexington and Concord marked the fighting at the start of which war?

April 19, 1775, marked the start of real violence at the beginning of the American Revolution. The Battles of Lexington and Concord featured just a few dozen casualties but marked a major shift in relations between colonists and Britain.

Fresh American troops contributed heavily to expediting the end of which war?

American sat on its hands for much of World War I, sticking to an isolationist policy. But when the U.S. finally jumped into battle, it provided millions of fresh troops who pushed the war in favor of the Allies, ending the conflict.

The first battle between metal-plated ships happened during which war?

During the Civil War, two "Ironclad" ships clashed at the Battle of Hampton Roads (1862). The battle had an indecisive end, but it revolutionized shipbuilding forever.

The firebombing of Dresden happened during which conflict?

Vengeance was at hand when the Allies began retaking Europe from the grip of the Nazis. Large-scale bombing campaigns laid waste to many German cities, such as Dresden, which was targeted with incendiary bombs that set the whole place on fire.

The Battle of Hamburger Hill occurred during which war?

In 1969, American troops were told to mount a direct assault on Hill 937 in Vietnam. The battle claimed hundred of lives and the Americans ultimately triumphed ... only to promptly abandon the area they'd fought to take.

America used nuclear weapons during which war?

In 1945, America dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. It was the first (and hopefully, last) time that nuclear weapons have ever been used in war.

Which war was sparked in large part by the Gulf of Tonkin Incident?

In 1964, North Vietnamese boats supposedly attacked American warships. The Gulf of Tonkin incident may have been fabricated, and it was leveraged as an excuse to escalate the conflict in Vietnam.

The Battle of the Bulge was a critical fight during which war?

At the end of 1944, the Nazi launched a surprise offensive in the Ardennes Forest. The attack worked, but ran up against determined American forces, which subsequently suffered their worst casualty rates of the war while stalling the German advance.

Which war broke out after the United States annexed Texas?

In 1845, the United States decided to annex Texas, but there was a catch -- Mexicans still thought of the area as part of their country. The Mexican-American War began, and then dragged on until 1848, when America finally won.

Which fighting was meant to depose a dictator named Manuel Noriega?

in late 1989, American forces invaded Panama, in large part due to a deteriorating relationship with dictator Manuel Noriega. After weeks on the run, Noriega finally surrendered to American forces.

The Battle of Belleau Wood happened during which notable conflict?

During WWI, the Germans and Americans faced off at Belleau Wood, a fight that devolved into hand-to-hand combat. The Americans finally won, but suffered some of their highest casualty rates of the war.

The Second Battle of Fallujah happened during which war?

In 2004, during the Iraq War, an American coalition force launched an attack to put down an insurgency in the Iraqi city of Fallujah. The heavy urban fighting cost nearly 100 American lives, the most of any battle since Vietnam.

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