Marcus presents the questions (and answers) to his rather fearsome quiz.
Q1A What is widely regarded as the first battle in recorded history and/or cited as “the beginning of modern history” (“A History of Israel” Theodore H Robinson 1945)? Megiddo
Q1B What year did Megiddo take place (within 50 years)? 1479 BC
Q2A What famous actor played King Osric in “Conan the Barbarian” (1982)? And also featured not only in the Star War saga, but also at least two other well-known science fiction films? Max Von Sydow; Star Wars:The Force Awakens, (Lor San Tekka, 2015) Flash Gordon (Ming, 1980) and Judge Dread (Chief Justice Fargo, 1995)
Q2B Which other Robert E Howard character received a film adaptation released in 1997, in a script originally intended for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s third outing as “Conan the Conqueror”? Kull of Atlantis in “Kull the Conqueror”
Q3A After which battle of 297 BC was it reputedly said (Plutarch) “One other such victory would literally undo him” or “One more such victory and we are undone”? Asculum
Q3B To who is this quote attributed? Pyrrhus of Epirus
Q4A The naval battle of Actium allowed who to consolidate power over Rome and her dominions? Octavian
Q4B In which year was Actium fought? (within 10 years) 31 BC
Q5A Which major battle of the Great North war was fought in 1709? Poltava
Q5B Can you name either commander? Charles XII of Sweden/Tsar Peter 1st (The Great) of Russia.
Q6A What major innovation in ship design was launched in 1905 (which ship)? Dreadnought
Q6B What nationality was the naval architect credited with the concept? Italian (Vittori Cunniberti)
Q7A What chain of islands were the scene of major air, sea and land battles in 1942-3, including Guadalcanal? Solomon Islands
Q7B New Georgia Sound, pictured on the map below is bounded by Choiseul, Santa Isabel and Florida islands to the north and New Georgia and Russel island to the south. How was this stretch of water colloquially referred? “The Slot”
Q9 The Korean War’s most iconic fighters, the MiG 15 and F86 Sabre were both based on German design from WW2. For one point each, can you give the name of the design company who created the design on which each aircraft was based? F86 – Messerschmidt. MiG 15 Focke-Wulf or Tank
Q10A The first nuclear powered surface warship was also the first to shoot down an aircraft with a SAM. Can you name the ship? USS Long Beach (CGN-9)
Q10B The USS Nautilus (SSN 571) was the first submarine to make a submerged transit of the North Pole in 1958. In 1964 the nuclear powered cruiser Bainbridge (CGN-25) and the Carrier Enterprise (CVN-65) accomplished a similar feat. What was it? Operation Sea Orbit. The task group sailed around the work without refuelling.
Q11A Can you name this missile? Colonel Robin Olds was so disgusted with its performance in Vietnam that he ordered his whole wing of F4D’s rewired to revert to Sidewinder missiles as an unauthorised field modification, which was later made official. AIM4 Falcon
Q11B A development of the missile, known as the AIM 26 had a notable feature not shared with any other guided air to air missile (at least as far as I can determine). What was that feature? A nuclear warhead.
Q12A Who wrote the 1959 book “Starship Troopers”? Robert Heinlein
Q12B What “anti-war” science fiction book published in 1974 was described as a reaction to the perceived sci-fi militarism on “Starship Troopers”? “The Forever war” by Joe Haldeman.