Here are the answers to our quiz from 13th May 2020, with some trivia associated with the answers:
1. Stalingrad – Vasily (Grigoryevich) Zaytsev
Prior to 10 November 1942, Zaytsev killed 32 Axis soldiers with a standard-issue rifle. Between 10 November 1942 and 17 December 1942, during the Battle of Stalingrad, he killed 225 enemy soldiers, including 11 snipers
2. Any of T-65B or X-wing or Starfighter – TIE Advanced (x1)
3. Alexander III or Alexander the Great – Darius (III)
4. 1956 – MiG 15, but Gloster Meteor and MiG 17 also acceptable
5. Denmark – Heligoland or Helgoland
Steam frigates Niels Juel and Jylland and the corvette Hejmdal defeated Austrian steam frigates, SMS Schwarzenberg and Radetzky, Prussian Aviso Preussischer Adler, Gunboats Blitz, Basilisk – the victorious HDMS Jylland is preserved as a museum ship at Ebeltoft and is pictured above.
6. Yorktown – Comte de Rochambeau
7. (Gaius) Julius Caesar – Pharnaces II or Pontus
Caesar’s letter was to the Senate according to Appian; Caesar was on a roll as Dictator for the year and having his second term as a Consul at the time.
8. Marston Moor – Prince Rupert of the Rhine
9. Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty – HMS Caroline is the light cruiser (4th Light Cruiser Squadron in the action), HMS Indefatigable, HMS Queen Mary, HMS Invincible are the sunken Battlecruisers
Caroline fired two torpedoes at the close of the day action, which narrowly missed the Battleship Nassau. She also narrowly avoided torpedoes fired by the German 6th and 9th Flotillas earlier in the action when 4th LCS counter-attacked them with gunfire. She survived for many years as a drill ship before being renovated as a museum ship.
10. 1969 – Vought (or F4U) Corsair
11. Charlton Heston – the Reconquista or Valencia
Rodrigo’s wife Jimena Díaz = Sophia Loren, almost certainly didn’t tie his corpse to a horse to lead the army in battle when he died in 1099– a legend grew around this as she rode alongside his coffin on the journey to Burgos, where he was buried in the cathedral in 1102 – you can see what might well have been his sword, the Tizona, in the museum there.
12. 1974 – Henry William Paget, Earl or Lord Uxbridge, later 1st Marquess of Anglesey or Willem Frederik George Lodewijk, William, Prince of Orange – all variations are acceptable!
In a famous piece of understatement Uxbridge remarked “By God, sir, I’ve lost my leg!” — to which Wellington is reputed to have replied; “By God, sir, so you have!”