Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Warships of WWII?
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How Much Do You Know About the Warships of WWII?
By: John Miller
Image: Photographed by Lt. Barrett Gallagher, USNR.

About This Quiz

The Allies and the Axis scrambled for their very survival during the Second World War. They made tens of thousands of tanks, countless aircraft, and built and sailed hundreds of warships, too. These ships played major roles in both the European and Pacific Theaters, as destroyers, battleships, and aircraft carriers clashed in fights that turned the tide of the war. In this iron-laden quiz, do you really know much about the ships of World War II?

The European Theater was largely a land and air war, featuring the likes of the all-air Battle of Britain and the armor-smashing terrors of the Battle of Kursk or the Battle of the Bulge. But the Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous battle of the war … and it was all at sea. For years, German U-boats sank hundreds of Allied military and merchant ships, making it much harder for them to resupply their lines. What do you know about the ships that roamed the Atlantic in WWII?

Meanwhile, in the Pacific, American and Japanese ships collided in mammoth navy confrontations at scenes like the Battle of Midway. In the end, behemoths like the USS Enterprise, USS Arizona and USS Yorktown would all find their place in the war’s lore.

All hands on deck for this WWII warship quiz! Man the guns and launch the fighters, because the Axis fleet is just over the horizon!

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In World War II, which type of ship became the centerpiece of naval warfare?
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Germany lost its Bismarck to the Allies in 1941. What kind of ship was it?
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What sort of ship was the "Big E"?
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Which country deployed Queen Elizabeth-class battleships in WWII?
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What category of ship was the Japanese Yamato?
6.0 of 30
The USSR built seven Kirov-class cruisers. How many of them made it through the war?
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Why was the USS Wasp (CV-7) at first deployed to the Atlantic War instead of the Pacific Theater?
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What sort of ship was the USS Arizona?
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What happened to the USS Arizona when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor?
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Which country deployed a battleship called the Petropavlovsk?
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What weapon did WWII-era ships use to attack enemy submarines?
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The USS Yorktown was sunk at which battle?
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What kind of ship was the USS O'Bannon?
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What was the most decorated destroyer of the war?
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Battle stars were awarded for battle participation. How many battle stars did the USS Enterprise earn in WWII?
4
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How did the USS Enterprise fare at the vicious Battle of Midway?
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How big was the Yamato, Japan's huge battleship?
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Which of the following WWII-era ships was the largest?
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Of the U.S. Navy aircraft carriers commissioned before WWII, how many survived the conflict?
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1
3
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How many 25-millimeter anti-aircraft guns did Japan's Yamato feature?
8
2
21.0 of 30
The Japanese battleship Musashi was sunk at which battle?
22.0 of 30
How did U.S. forces heavily damage Japan's carrier named Kaga at the Battle of Midway?
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The USS Enterprise could carry how many aircraft?
24.0 of 30
What happened to the Yamato, the biggest battleship ever built?
25.0 of 30
What category of ship was the USS Narwal?
26.0 of 30
What was one nickname for the USS Enterprise?
27.0 of 30
The USS San Francisco fell into which category of ship?
28.0 of 30
How many aircraft carriers did the USSR deploy during WWII?
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2
7
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The USS Thresher was named after which kind of creature?
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During the war, what happened to the HMS Barham, a big British battleship?
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