MWS Quiz Retrospective 8th July 2020 – Answers

Here are the answers to Peter’s quiz from July last year.

Q01a      What was the name of the disastrous battle in the early 1stC AD in which three Roman legions were destroyed

Answer: Teutoburger Wald 

Q01b     Give the date (within 5 yrs), and/or one of the commanders

Answer: AD9, Publius Quinctilius Varus,    Arminius

Q02a      Identify this WW2 aircraft

Question 2a

Answer: De Havilland Mosquito

Q02b     What was it’s nickname

Answer: The Wooden Wonder

Q03a      Name this character from The Lord of the Rings

Question 3a

Answer: Treebeard

Q03b     Where was his home

Answer: Fangorn (Forest)

Q04a      Name the Avalon-Hill boardgame which covers major ship-to-ship combats from the age of sail?

Answer: Wooden Ships & Iron Men

Q04b     When was the song “Hearts of Oak” made popular? Give the war and/or year.

Answer: During the Seven Years War; 1759, the year of victories

Q05a      What was the first major battle of The Hundred Years War which saw widespread use of the longbow

Answer: Crecy (1346)

Q05b     How long is it generally agreed that the war lasted

Answer: 116 years (minus points for anyone who says 100!)

Q06a      General Sherman said “…the man must be stopped…even if it takes 10,000 men and bankrupts this treasury…”. Which Confederate general was he talking about?

Answer: Nathan Bedford Forest

Q06b     Which post-war organisation is this person said to have helped to found?

Answer: Ku Klux Klan

Q07a      What is the official name of this branch of a fictional military force?

Question 7a

Answer: USCMC / ‘Colonial Marines’

Q07b     What is the name or number of the planet to which they accompany Ellen Ripley

Answer: LV426 / ‘Hadley’s Hope’

Q08a      Which 17thC French engineer gave his name to an entire system of fortifications?

Answer: Vauban

Q08b     What is the term for a covered trench heading towards the enemy, which gave rise to specialised engineer units of the same name

Answer: Sap

Q09a      Although imitated later, the 18ft pike was the favoured weapon of mercenaries from which country during the early Renaissance Wars?

Answer: Swiss

Q09b     Before embarking on their lucrative & violent career as mercenaries, how did they contribute to the unification of France under a single crown?

Answer: Killed the Duke of Burgundy (at the battle of Nancy, 1477)

Q10a      Which war was expected to be so short that troops would be “…Home before the leaves fall from the trees…”?

Answer: WW1

Q10b     Who is credited with saying that

Answer: Kaiser Wilhelm II

Q11a      What is this Napoleonic soldier commonly called

Question 11a

Answer: Polish Lancer (1st Polish Light Cavalry Regiment of the Imperial Guard)

Q11b     Which nationality originally supplied the 2nd ‘Red’ Lancer Regt?

Answer: Dutch

Q12a      In 2012, the MWS put on a game featuring the daring WW2 attack on which bridges

Answer: Orne River and Caen Canal bridges (“Pegasus Bridge”)

Q12b     Who was the actor who played Major Howard in the film ‘The Longest Day’, and why was he a good choice

Answer: Richard Todd; he served in 7th Para Batalion, reinforcing the glider borne troops who seized the bridges

Quiz Night 16-12-2020 – Answers

Jeremey puts us out of our misery with the answers to last weeks Quiz

Round 1
Still Playing with Toy Soldiers (1 point for each correct answer)

1. The earliest discovered toy soldiers date to what year?
2000BC two sets of painted soldiers carved from wood; one of Egyptian heavy infantry and one of Numidian light infantry in the tomb of Prince Emsah
2. In what year was toy soldier company ‘Britains’ formed?
3. What year did the first Salute show take place?

Round 2
Do You Know a Little German? (1 point for each correct answer)

Translate the following German words:
4. Sturmtiger – Storm Tiger
5. Kampfschwimmer – Combat Swimmers
6. Hummel – Bumblebee
7. Kriegsspiel – War Game

Round 3
It’s Never that Old! (1 point for each wargame in the correct order)

8. Rank these Rules in the Order They Were Published:
Basic Impetus
Field of Glory
Warmaster Ancients

Warmaster Ancients (2005)
Basic Impetus (2006)
Field of Glory (2008)

Round 4
A Lesson from History (1 point for each wargame in the correct order)

9. During the battle of Aqaba Lawrence of Arabia was knocked unconscious. What caused his injuries?
Lawrence fell from his own camel after accidently shooting it in the head
10. On the 15th August 1943 allied forces suffered 313 casualties capturing Kiska Island from the Japanese. What is this encounter most famous for?
The Japanese defenders had left 2 weeks earlier

Round 5
Call Yourself a Member? (1 point for each correct answer)

11. As of today how many show prizes has the club won:
21 – Correct
12. Between 2002-2010, according to the club diary, which miniature size was used the most for games?
6mm (51)
15mm (72) – Correct
25/28mm (47)

Round 6
A Birds Eye View (1 point for each correct answer)

13. What Castle is This? Bodiam Castle
14. What Castle is This? Pevensey Castle
15. What Castle is This? Barnard Castle (couldn’t resist)

Round 7
A Viking We Will Go! (1 point for each correct answer)

16. Name these three films featuring Vikings from the soundtrack

The Vikings (1958)

The 13th Warrior

How to Train Your Dragon

Round 8
Carry On Sergeant! (1 point for each correct answer)

What did these famous people serve in, the Army, Airforce or Navy?
17. Roald Dahl – Airforce
18. Alec Guinness – Navy
19. Tony Bennett – Army

Round 9
I May not Know Much About Art (1 point for each correct answer)
20. Which Battle? Battle of Quatre Bras
21. Which Battle? Battle of Crecy
22. Which Battle? Battle of the Five Armies (The Hobbit)

Round 10
We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat! (1 point for each correct answer)

23. What was the name of the largest ship to take part in the battle of Trafalgar?
Santisima Trinidad
24. How many guns did it have at the time of the Battle?

Round 11
A Tight Squeeze! (1 point for each correct answer)

How many crew in each tank?
25. T80 – Crew of 3
26. Hertzer – Crew of 4
27. Tron – Crew of 2

Round 12
He’s Making It Up! (1 point for each correct answer, but -1 point for each fake you thought was real!)

28. Which of these battles are real?
1. Battle of Syme naval battle in 411 BC (Sparta and Athens)
2. Battle of Loos WWI 1915
3. Battle of Upton Creek – FAKE
4. Battle of Pease Bottom 1873 (USA and Sioux)
5. Battle of Wobble Field – FAKE
6. Battle of Pudding Valley – FAKE
7. Battle of Meelick Island Connacht and Leinster 1650
8. Battle of Angry Rock – FAKE
9. Battle of Flushing naval battle Eighty Years’ War 1573
10. Battle of Linton Moor – FAKE

Now that’s a Big Gun! (And if you had a go of the Tiebreaker)

How Heavy is Mons Meg (in pounds)? 15,366 pounds

Do let us know how you did, the club winning score was 19!

Quiz Night 02-12-2020 – Answers

1A) – Which pair of brothers led the Anglo-Saxon forces at the Battle of Aylesford in AD.455 ?
Hengist and Horsa
1B) – Hengist and Horsa and are reputed to have landed in Kent at Ebbsfleet, near Pegwell Bay; which other famous invader is said to have come ashore in the same place 400 years earlier?
Julius Caesar (54AD)

2A) – What is this famous North Kent landmark ?
Reculver Towers
2B) – What is it the remains of ?
A medieval church (converted in C.12th from an Anglo-Saxon Monastery). Although it was built on the site of a Roman camp, the towers were not part of that.

3A) – Name this castle.
Deal Castle
3B) – Who was responsible for its construction ?
It is one of Henry VIII’s Device Forts.

4A) – During the siege of Rochester Castle in 1215, what was used to fire the props where the castle had been undermined, causing one of the towers to collapse ?
‘Forty slaughtered fat pigs’ were used to set fire to the props
4B) – The collapsed tower was subsequently rebuilt, but not as originally constructed – how did it differ?
The new tower was round rather than square.

5A) and 5B) – Name the commanders of the respective forces in the Battle of Maidstone (1648).
Earl of Norwich (Royalists) and Sir Thomas Fairfax (Parliamentarians)

6A) – Name the first warship to be built at Sheerness Dockyard in 1693.
HMS Medway
6B) – Name the last Royal Navy vessel to be built at Chatham Dockyard, completed in 1962.
HMS Ocelot

7A) – What defensive structure was built on Romney Marsh between 1804 and 1809 ?
The Royal Military Canal
7B) – How did the iconic Kentish defensive symbol, the Martello Tower, get its name?
The design was inspired by the Torra di Mortella in Corsica; the name was mis-spelled/corrupted to become Martello.

8A) – Garrison Point Fort (above) and Cliffe Fort were both fitted with a particular type of weapon in 1890 – what was that ?
Brennan Land-launched Torpedo
8B) – One of the Royal Navy’s main airship stations was in north Kent – where was it located ?
RNAS Kingsnorth

9A) – What’s the name of this type of radar installation ?
Chain Home
9B) – Sound mirrors were effectively the precursors to radar, and a number were built on the Kent coast between the wars. To increase their effectiveness, a number of new operators were recruited, all with a particular characteristic – what was that ?
They were all blind

10A) – Name this famous aircraft, built on the banks of the Medway at Borstal.
Shorts Sunderland

10B) – What type of tank is this ? A battalion of them was allocated to the defence of Fortress Maidstone in 1940-41.
Matilda Mk.II

11A) – What links the Walmington-on-Sea platoon in Dad’s Army directly to Kent?
They wear Royal West Kent Regiment cap badges
11B) – Where was the final overseas deployment of the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment, when they fought against the EOKA rebels ?

12A) – Which Imperial Admiral lived in this house in Whitstable?
Grand Moff Tarkin, or Peter Cushing
12B) – What famous science-fiction author was born in and spent much of his life in Kent, and set parts of some of his books in the county, including a balloon landing on Dymchurch beach?
HG Wells

MWS Quiz 18/11/2020 Answers

Here are the answers to Mark’s fiendish quiz. The best score when Mark ran this quiz on the 18th was 11 points, did anyone do better?

Question 1

1.a. This is the cap badge of the famous Tyneside Scottish regiment, an honour title held by a variety of British army units since 1914, excluding the current holder, how many units have held this title, bonus point if you can name them?

3 – Durham Light Infantry, Northumberland Fusiliers, Black Watch

1.b. Which regiment currently holds the title?

Royal Artillery (204 battery)

Question 2

2.a. Name the weapon.

MP 18

2.b. This weapon was mainly used during which WWI offensive?

Kaiserschlacht (1918)

Question 3

3.a. Which 100 years’ war battle does this painting represent?

Crecy 1346

3.b. Genoese crossbowmen are said to have led the French assault but where quickly beaten back by English/Welsh longbowmen. The Genoese are said to have been wiped out to a man, but not by the Longbowmen, what happened to them?

Overrun by French knights 

Question 4

4.a. Can you name the maker and mark of this tank?

Vickers-Armstrong Mark E

4.b. This tank was built for the British army but was rejected by Army Command, odd as the tank was highly advanced for the time, the Russians bought a large number and used it as the basis for their infantry support tanks, such as the T26. Why did British Army Command reject this tank?

It didn’t have a 3 man turret, which was a requirement at the time.

Question 5

5.a. Can you name this aircraft?

Boulton Paul Defiant (The aircraft pictured is the only complete original aircraft remaining and was restored at the Medway Aircraft Preservation Society (MAPS) at Rochester Airport between 2009 & 2012, link)

5.b. The picture shows this aircraft in night fighter livery, while the aircraft was a reasonably successful night fighter, it was very vulnerable to attack from enemy fighters, why?

It had no forward facing machine guns.  

Question 6

6.a. The Siege of Newcastle took place during the first English Civil War in 1644, the city eventually fell to a Covenanter army, with the Royalists holding the castle keep in the centre of the city and surrendering under favourable terms, on 26th October 1644. How long did the siege take to the nearest month?

8 months: February to October 1664

6.b. This wasn’t the first time Newcastle had been besieged by a Scottish Covenanter army, can you tell me in which war this previous event took place?

The Second Bishops’ War 1640

Question 7

7.a. Can you tell me the official German name or designation of this infantry support tank?

Sturmpanzer 43 or SdKfz 166

7.b. What nickname did allied intelligence use, bonus point if you can tell me the German nickname?

Allied intelligence: Brummbar (Grouch), German nickname: Stupa

Question 8

8.a. This is Sergeant Edward Stanley Dixon of the Tyne Electrical Engineers (TEE), he served with the TEE throughout WWI returning to Gallowgate in 1919, where he went on to play professional football scoring 50 goals for his club. Which club did he play for?

Newcastle United

8.b. The TEE’s primary role was coastal and AA defence, however a few did serve on the Western Front, famously earning the nickname ‘the suicide brigade’, why?

They used oxyacetylene search lights to search for raiding parties in no-mans land.

Question 9

9.a. This is a picture of Lord Collingwood, another famous son of Newcastle, he regularly served with and succeeded Nelson and led one of the British lines at the battle of Trafalgar, the other line being led by Nelson in the Victory, what was the name of Collingwood’s ship?

H.M.S. Royal Sovereign

9.b. Which nations fought in the battle?

British, French and Spanish

Question 10

10.a. This special edition of a very famous Newcastle beverage was produced to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the battle of Otterburn. Which year is the battle said to have took place?


10.b. The battle of Otterburn was fought between a Scottish army lead by Sir James Douglas and English army led by Sir Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy? It is claimed that Douglas previously took something from Percy as they fought next the Newcastle City Wall, what did Douglas take from Percy?

His pennon (blue lion rampant)

Question 11

11.a. This is a picture of Housteads Roman fort, what is it’s Roman/Latin name (latest interpretation)?


11.b. When did building begin on the stone version of the fort?

124 AD, allow 5 years either way.

Question 12

12.a. This is a picture of the last HMS Newcastle (not including the forthcoming type 26 frigate), what Type of ship was she?

Type 42 Destroyer

12.b. How many royal navy ships have borne the name Newcastle, and when was the first Newcastle launched (bonus)?

There have been 8 ships bearing the name H.M.S Newcastle, the first launched in 1653.

MWS Quiz Answers 04/11/2020

Here are the answers to Peter’s latest quiz. How did you do?

Q1. Not him again!

a) Name three Errol Flynn ‘historical’ films from 1936-40

Answer: They Died with Their Boots On, Charge of the Light Brigade, Robin Hood, Capt. Blood, The Sea Hawk, Private Lives of Elizabeth & Essex, Dawn Patrol, Santa Fe Trail (appalling!)

b) How many times has John Wayne played a colonel? +/-2

Answer: 11 (Green Berets, 2x WW2, 7x 19thC, 1x 1950s a/c)

Q2. Ancients

a) In 1963 and 1964, two films were made which portrayed the last years of Julius Caesar. Who played Mark Anthony in each film?

Answer: Richard Burton (Cleopatra), Sid James (Carry On Cleo)

b) One of them also portrayed another significant leader of the ancient world – who?

Answer: Richard Burton also played Alexander The Great

Q3. Naval contemplation

a) Name two RN combat films set in the Napoleonic period.

Answer: Billy Budd, Master & Commander, Capt. Horatio Hornblower, HMS Defiant

b) Name two films which feature a major German surface ship.

Answer: Sink The Bismark, Above Us The Waves, Shout At The Devil, Battle of the River Plate, Submarine X-1

Q4. Lie of the Land.

a) Which battle area is this meant to portray?

Question 4A

Answer: Ardennes forest (Battle of the Bulge)

b) Which of the following tanks has NOT been used to portray a WW2 German tank in a movie?

Question 4B

Answer:  None, – they all have!

 M7 Priest SP (Ice Cold In Alex), M47 (Battle oof the Bulge), T34 (Kelly’s Heroes), M48 (Patton), T54 (various East. European), Leopard 1 (Bridge Too Far), SU100 (Wheels of Terror), Tiger 1, 2, Panther (Theirs Is The Glory)

Q5. Take Two

a) Which two leading Hollywood actors have portrayed Genghis Khan?

Answer: Omar Sharif, John Wayne

b) John Cleese and John Wayne both portrayed the same (type) of officer in the same historical locations – twice! What were the positions they played?

Answer: Roman centurions (Life of Brian – 1979, Greatest Story Ever Told – 1965) and US Town Marshals (Silverado, loads!)

Q6. The Caine Family

a) How many serving military ranks has Michael Caine been *credited* with portraying? ANS WITHIN +/-1

Answer: Nine: Pvt – A Hill In Korea (1956), Too Late The Hero (1970, WW2 Burma), Sgt – Ipcress File, Funeral In Berlin, Lt – Zulu (1964), Capt. – Play Dirty (1969, WW2 desert), Escape To Victory (1981), Maj. – The Black Windmill, Sdn Ldr – Battle of Britain (1969), Lt. Col – Bridge Too Far (1974), Col – Eagle Has Landed, Gen. – Dear Dictator (2017)

b) Which army ranks as he not held on screen?

Answer: Corporal, Field Marshal

Q7. Reach for the sky

a) In which film did this ‘fake Albatross & FOKKER DVII ‘ first appear?

Question 7A

Answer: The Blue Max

b) The AVRO Vulcan appeared in which film?

Question 7B

Answer: Thunderball

Q8. Sub-standard

a) Name three films featuring what are meant to be U-Boats (not original newsreel clips)?

Answer: The Cruel Sea, Enemy Below, The Sea Wolves, In Which We Serve, Das Boot, U571, McKenzie Break, Murphy’s War, Bear Island, Mystery Submarine, Greyhound, Enigma, The Imitation Game, The Land That Time Forgot, Assault on a Queen, Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark

b) Name two films featuring atomic submarines (Not including the two in ‘Hunt For Red October’! which were featured in an earlier quiz)

Answer: 20,000 Leagues, The Spy Who Loved Me, Fantastic Voyage, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea, It Came From 20,000 Fathoms, Godzilla(s), Crimson Tide, K19 Widow-maker, Grey Lady Down, Ice Station Zebra, Bedford Incident, The Abyss, On The Beach

Q9. Hit the Beach

a) Robert Mitchum appeared in two films featuring WW2 beach assaults; name them?

Answer: The Longest Day, Anzio

b) Name one WW2 film in which John Wayne dies.

Answer: Sands of Iwo-Jima, Fighting SeaBees, The Sea Chase

Q10. Uniformity

a) Name one film which correctly features the following: WW2 German paratroopers or WW2 German Alpine Corps?


WW2 German paratroopers: The Eagle Has Landed

WW2 German Alpine Corps: Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare, Force 10 From Navarone

b) Name one film which correctly features the following: 11thC Knights or French Napoleonic Light Cavalry Uniforms?


11thC Knights: The Warlord, El Cid

French Napoleonic Light Cavalry Uniforms: The Duellists, War & Peace (Soviet version – raided numerous museums!)

Q11. Vive L’Empereur

a) The CS Forrester book ‘The Gun’ was made into which film, and who played the leader of the Spanish Guerrillas?

Answer: The Pride & The Passion / Frank Sinatra

b) Name two Hollywood actors who have played the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

Answer: Rod Steiger, Ian Holm, Charles Boyer, Herbert Lom, Eli Wallach, Marlon Brando, Claude Rains, Dennis Hopper

Q12. So, how do you get to be King (or Queen) then?

a) Name three actors who have played Henry VIII

Answer: Keith Michel, Charles Laughton (x3), Richard Burton, Robert Shaw, James Robertson Justice, Charlton Heston, Sid James

b) Name three people who have portrayed Elizabeth I

Answer: Glenda Jackson, Flora Robson, Bette Davis, Judy Dench, Margot Robbie, Cate Blanchett, Florence Eldridge – and Quentin Crisp!

MWS Quiz 21/10/2020 – Answers

Marcus puts us out of our misery…

Q1A. What is the name of the fantasy world associated with this map?

Answer: Glorantha

Q1B. What are the main game systems associated with this world?

Answer: Runequest, HeroQuest & White Bear/Red Moon

Q2A. On 1/10/331 BC. Alexander fought one of his most famous battles in Mesopotamia. Which battle?

Answer: Gaugamela

Q2B. Who led the opposition?

Answer: Darius of Persia

Q3A. Who fought battles including, Dalan-baljit, Onon, Dalanhemurges, Huan-ertsi, Wei-Chuan & The Indus?

Answer: Genghis Khan

Q3B. What year (within 30) was he declared “Khan of Khan’s”?

Answer: 1206 (accept 1176 – 1236)

Q4A. Which Swedish King introduced conscription in 1620?

Answer: Gustavus Adolphus

Q4B. Can you name two army reforms introduced by him?

Answers (two from the following):

  • Uniforms/badges
  • Drill
  • Increased ratio of pikemen/musketeers
  • Permanent brigades
  • Shortened muskets
  • Ranks reduced from 10 to 6
  • Training to fire 2/3 volleys rather than rolling fire.
  • Artillery; the first artillery regiment, rationalization of calibres and light infantry support gun.

Q5A. The “Battle of the Dunes” took place near which port on 14/06/1658?

Answer: Dunkerque

Q5B. Which future monarch fought for the Spanish army in this battle?

Answer: James Duke of York, the future King James II

Q6A. What significant event is portrayed in this painting?

Answer: Battle of Fort Sumpter (First action of the American Civil War)

Q6B. Which states seceded only after this event, name any two?

Answer: Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina

Q7A. Who advocated the mass use of tanks in a paper of 1917 following the costly battle of Ypres?

Answer: J.F.C. Fuller

Q7B. Which battle commencing 20/11/17 put these ideas into practice?

Answer: Cambrai

Q8A. Can you identify this distinctive ship/class?

Answer: H.M.S. Nelson or H.M.S. Rodney (Nelson class)

Q8B. The design of this class was constrained by restrictions resulting from which treaty?

Answer: The Washington Naval Treaty of 1922; The first arms control treaty.

Q9A. What location was the site of a major amphibious assault from 15-29th September 1950?

Answer: Inchon

Q9B. Why did the defending forces dismiss this as a site for a potential assault?

Answer: North Koreans dismissed the site due to unfavourable tides/tidal range/mud-flats and the necessity to assault across a sea wall.

Q10A. Who wrote “The Hunt For Red October”?

Answer: Tom Clancy

Q10B. What was the name of the submarine commander played by Sean Connery in the film adaptation?

Answer: Marko Ramius


Can you name the following vehicles from the worlds of Gerry Anderson?

Answer: Sidewinder (bottom) and Fireflash (top)

Answer: Skydiver (UFO)

Answer: Spectrum Maximum Security Vehicle (Captain Scarlet)

Answer: Hawk Interceptor (Space 1999)

Quiz Answers 02-09-2020

Andy puts us out of our collective miseries with the answers to the last quiz.

1a In Norse mythology Odin has two ravens which fly the earth seeking information for him. What are their names (Norse or English versions accepted)?
• Huginn (Thought) and Muninn (Memory)

1b Odin is also accompanied by two wolves, can you name them?
• Geri and Freki (Meaning the “ravenous” or “greedy” one)

2a In naval terms, what is “The Perisher”?
• The Royal Navy Submarine Command Course (SMCC), previously the Commanding Officers Qualifying Course (COQC).

2b If you fail the Perisher, you get something and there is something you can never do again. One point if you can name either of them?
• A bottle of whisky
• You may never serve again on a Royal Navy submarine in any role.

3a What is the designation of this unusual WW2 Aircraft?

• Blohm & Voss (Bv) 141

3b What is the name or designation of this aircraft, it’s more successful competitor?

• Focke-Wulf Fw 189 Uhu (“Eagle Owl”)

4a In the classic TV series Porridge, Ronnie Barker played the habitual criminal, Norman Stanley Fletcher. But what does a Fletcher traditionally make?
• Arrows (literally: glues the fletches to the arrow shaft)

4b In the series Open All Hours, he played the corner shop keeper, Albert Arkwright. But what does an Arkwright traditionally make?
• Chests

5a Hammer’s Slammers games are fairly popular at the Club, what is the name of the author of the original short stories on which the game is based?
• David Drake

5b What is the nickname given to the Slammer’s Military Police unit?
• White Mice

6a In WW2, what was PQ17?
• An Arctic convoy (in June / July 1942, it was attacked by German forces and lost 2/3 of its merchant ships).

6b Can you name the port that was its intended destination?
• Arkhangelsk (Archangel)

7a In 2006 the club show game was “Day trip to the Malvinas”, based on the Falklands War. Which ship served as the flagship of the Royal Navy Task Group 317.8 sent to liberate the islands?
• H.M.S. Hermes

7b Name the commander of the Task Group at sea?
• Rear-Admiral John Forster “Sandy” Woodward

8a Which regiment of the British Army, now part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was known as “Pontius Pilate’s bodyguard”?
• The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) / the Royal Regiment of Foot

8b Which regiment of the British Army, now part of the King’s Royal Hussars, was known as “The Cherry Pickers”?
• 11th Hussars (Prince Albert’s Own)

9a The Victoria Cross is the highest award for valour in the British armed forces. In which decade of the 19th century was it instituted?
• 1850’s (warrant issued 29 January 1856, backdated to 1854)

9b If you were awarded the Victoria Cross as a result of service in the Royal Navy in the 19th century, what colour ribbon would you wear?
• Dark Blue. It was Red (Crimson) for Army recipients only until the end of WW1.

10a In 1859 there was a confrontation known as the “Pig War” between the United States and which country?
• United Kingdom

10b Where did this confrontation take place?
• The San Juan islands between Vancouver Island and the American mainland.
• The only casualty of this confrontation was the pig!

11a Which WW2 British division used this field sign?

• 11th Armoured Division

11b Can you name this tank, used by this division later in the war?

• Comet

12a In the British Army, which rank wears this insignia?

• Colonel

12b In the Royal Navy, what is the precise rank indicated by this insignia?

• Surgeon Commander (Three yellow bands = Commander, Red stripes = medical branch)

Quiz Answers, 24th June

Andy provides answers to his fiendish quiz (you’ll have to refer to the original post for any pictures).

1a – In 1967 the US formed the Mobile Riverine Force in Vietnam. This combined US Navy vessels with an Infantry brigade. Who provided the Infantry, US Army or US Marines
US Army
1b – Name the Division that provided the Infantry
9th Infantry Division
2a – In 1838 Lieutenant Henry Bennett of the 45th Foot was the first British officer to die in the service of Queen Victoria; in which country was he killed?
England, at Bossenden Wood in Kent on 31st May (there’s a plaque commemorating him in Canterbury Cathedral).
2b – The practice of purchase of commissions in the British Army was finally abolished as part of whose reforms in 1871?
3a – What is the name or designation of this AFV?
M551 Sheridan
3b – What is the name or designation of this AFV?
M50 Ontos
4a – In AD69 a revolt broke out in the Roman province of Germania Inferior. What was the name of the tribe leading the revolt?
Batavii (or Batavian Revolt)
4b – Name either the leader of the tribe, or the Roman general who defeated them.
Revolt lead by: Gaius Julius Civilis
Roman general: Quintus Petillius Cerialis
5a – Name the German contingent of the Napoleonic Wars to which these troops belong
5b – Name their commander, killed at Quatre Bras
Frederick William, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (Painting by Johann Christian August Schwartz)
6a – Which battle, on 16 April 1746 effectively ended the Jacobite Rebellion
6b – Name the commander of the government forces at the battle
William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland
7a – During the Battle of Britain, which RAF Group was primarily responsible for the defence of London and South East England.
11 Group
7b – Name the commander of the group
Air Vice Marshal Keith Park
8a – To which Guards regiment do these soldiers belong?
Welsh Guards
8b – In what year was the regiment formed.
1915 (26th February)
9a – In the Lord of the Rings, what is described in a poem that begins:
“Grey as a mouse, Big as a house,
Nose like a snake, I make the earth shake”
I want the name as used in the book / film
Oliphaunt or Mûmakil
9b – One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.
How many rings were made for the One Ring to rule?
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die
10a – In the first English Civil War (1642–1646) Parliament fielded only one full regiment of Cuirassier, can you name the unit
Sir Arthur Hesilrigge’s, Ironsides or the London Lobsters
10b – This regiment served in the campaigns in the South West in 1643, can you name either the Royalist or Parliamentarian commanders in this theatre
Sir (later Baron) Ralph Hopton (Royalist)
Sir William Waller (Parliament)
11a – Which WW2 British unit used this field sign
7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats)
11b – Once re-equipped for the Normandy campaign, what was the principle tank used by this unit.?
12a – The classic film “The African Queen” and the 1995/96 MWS Show game (resurrected in 2012) was based on the minor naval actions on which African lake?
Lake Tanganyika
12b – What was the name of the commander of the British forces on the lake?
Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Basil Spicer-Simson

Answers to Quiz 10th June 2020

Here are the answers to the quiz:

  1. Henry V – Georgia

The speech is from Henry V, Act III, Scene 1 and has Henry encouraging his troops to renew the attack after failing to break in to the town.  St. George was a Roman officer of Greek descent from Cappadocia, martyred in early persecutions of the church.  Also the patron saint of Ethiopia and Catalonia and quite a few other places, as well as England of course!

  1. Laurence Olivier – Lord Garnet Joseph Wolseley


  1. Austria-Hungary, Austria or Habsburg Empire acceptable – Prussia and Russia

Flags are the Austrian 1806 Ordinarfahne, 15th Prussian Fusiliers and Lithuanian Life Guard Regiment of the Russian Army

  1. Tatooine – Tuskan Raiders or Sand People


  1. Red Baron – Fokker Dr.I or Fokker Triplane (19 out of 80 victories), also Albatross DII, DIII, DV and Halberstadt DII

The nickname comes from his practice of painting his aircraft red, hence German propaganda portrayed his as Der Rote Kampfflieger – the red fighter pilot – as he was a Freiherr (Baron) the rest is history.

  1. Pharoah Ramesses II or Ramesses the Great – Hittite Empire of Muwatalli II

The battle was more probably a draw.  The war dragged on inconclusively until 1258BC.  The peace treaty that ended the war is preserved in both Egyptian and Hittite texts and is the earliest surviving peace treaty.  A copy hangs on the wall at the UN building.

  1. T-34/85 – IS-2 (short for Iosef Stalin)

The IS-2 mounted a formidable 122mm main turret gun

  1. Quebec – Westerham or the Marquis de Montcalm

Wolfe grew up at what is now Quebec House in Westerham – now in the care of the National Trust and well worth a visit

  1. First Battle of Bull Run – Chancellorsville in 1863

Jackson was a victim of friendly fire from spooked pickets of the 18th North Carolina Infantry, who mistook his party for federal cavalry in the evening light.  He was hit three times and died of complications and pneumonia a few days later

  1. Austria-Hungary – Lissa or Vis

The Italian fleet lost 2 ironclads

  1. Vittorio Veneto – Spartivento or Tuelada

The Italian Army had nearly 40,000 casualties in the battle, but inflicted 30,000 casualties on the defending Austrians before breaking their lines, capturing a further 300,000 men in their subsequent advance.  The machine gunners are in action on Monte Grappa, a diversionary attack to draw Austrian Reserves away from the main assault.  Austria-Hungary was forced to accept Allied terms and quit the war as a result of the battle.  It is seen by many Italians as the conclusion of the long struggle to re-unify Italy, the Risorgimento. 

Spartivento was an attack on the escort of a British convoy and ended as a draw with only minor damage inflicted on both sides.  Vittorio Veneto inflicted minor damage on the cruiser HMS Manchester from near misses and fired only 19 rounds of 15″ shell, but forced the British cruisers to retire behind a smoke screen.

  1. Yom Kippur יוֹם כִּיפּוּר – Day of Atonement, the phrase is לשנה הבאה בירושלים, L’Shana Haba’ah B’Yerushalayim, “Next year in Jerusalem”

Answers to Quiz 27th May

1..  Churchill (tank is of North Irish Horse in Italy 1944)Renault Char B1 bis, Char B acceptable (tank at Musée des Blindés at Saumur)

2. 1870 – Sedan

3.  Avro Lancaster – Avro Lincoln

4.  Boromir – Faramir and the Rangers of Ithilien

5.  1814 – Battle of Bladensburg

The end of the war in Europe allowed Britain to send a force of Peninsula veterans to America to put an end to what up to this point had been a backwater conflict.  They routed the US force, which was mainly composed of militia and added to its disgrace by fleeing right through the capital.  The fire-raising in Washington was a direct retaliation for the complete destruction of the settlement of Port Dover by US forces in Canada a few months earlier.

6.  HMS Vindictive – Acting Captain Alfred Carpenter or Able Seaman Albert (Edward) McKenzie

7.  122AD (72-172AD acceptable) – Emperor Pius Antoninus (the Antonine Wall)

The earliest known military presence at Chesters Fort, the Bath House of which is pictured above, was a wing of cavalry, ala Augusta ob virtutem appellata (“named Augusta because of its valour”).  Infantry Cohors I Delmatarum, from Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Cohors I Vangionum from Upper Rhineland in Germany were also stationed here. 

The Antonine Wall was begun in 142, took 8 years to build and was abandoned only 12 years later – Caledonians were just too hard to control!

8.  Guernica (the canvas is now in the Reina Sofia Gallery in Madrid) – Condor Legion

9.  Jerusalem – The 3rd Crusade was launched with the aim of recovering the city for the Kingdom of Jerusalem

The hero of the film, Balian of Ibelin did command the defence against Salah ad-Din in the siege.  However, Balian was not a virtuous blacksmith from France!  He was the legitimate third son of a knight of French descent from the County of Jaffa, inherited his title as Lord of Ibelin in 1170 from his father and was in his late forties in 1187.  He died in 1193 and was a major power-broker and political operator in the region, with a role similar to Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, in the Wars of the Roses.

10.  Gettysburg – Major General Commanding George Gordon Meade

11.  秦始皇帝 pronounced Qin Shi Huangdi, meaning Emperor Qin (I) – 匈奴 pronounced Xiongnu or Hsiung-nu in DBM army lists!

12.  Hamburger/Burger – Hardtack (one pound a day) or Small Beer (one gallon a day – thin with low alcohol content – just enough to prevent bacteria growth – water would have quickly become full of bacteria on a voyage)

Hardtack also known as ship’s biscuit and occasionally as brewis, cabin bread, pilot bread, sea biscuit, soda crackers, sea bread (as rations for sailors)