MWS Quiz Retrospective 8th July 2020

The society have been running quizzes every few weeks to enable members to keep in contact; most of these have been posted to the blog for those who were not able to join in, and for our non-member viewers. There were a few set by Peter from last year that didn’t make it onto the website, here’s the first of them. Answers in a few days. AK.

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

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

Q02a      Identify this WW2 aircraft

Question 2a

Q02b     What was it’s nickname

Q03a      Name this character from The Lord of the Rings

Question 3a

Q03b     Where was his home

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

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

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

Q05b     How long is it generally agreed that the war lasted

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?

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

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

Question 7a

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q10b     Who is credited with saying that

Q11a      What is this Napoleonic soldier commonly called

Question 11a

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

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

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

 

Quiz Night 16-12-2020 ‘Call Yourself a Wargamer’

Jeremey tries his hand at this weeks quiz with an eclectic choice of questions.

Round 1
Still Playing with Toy Soldiers

1. The earliest discovered toy soldiers date to what year?
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?

Translate the following German words:
4. Sturmtiger
5. Kampfschwimmer
6. Hummel
7. Kriegsspiel

Round 3
It’s Never that Old!

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

Round 4
A Lesson from History

9. During the battle of Aqaba Lawrence of Arabia was knocked unconscious. What caused his injuries?
10. On the 15th August 1943 allied forces suffered 313 casualties capturing Kiska Island from the Japanese. What is this encounter most famous for?

Round 5
Call Yourself a Member?

11. As of today how many show prizes has the club won:
21
22
23
12. Between 2002-2010, according to the club diary, which miniature size was used the most for games?
6mm
15mm
25/28mm

Round 6
A Birds Eye View

13. What Castle is This?
14. What Castle is This?
15. What Castle is This?

Round 7
A Viking We Will Go!

16. Name these three films featuring Vikings from the soundtrack

Round 8
Carry On Sergeant!

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

Round 9
I May not Know Much About Art
20. Which Battle?
21. Which Battle?
22. Which Battle?

Round 10
We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat!

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

Round 11
A Tight Squeeze!

How many crew in each tank?
25. T80
26. Hertzer
27. Tron

Round 12
He’s Making It Up!

28. Which of these battles are real?
1. Battle of Syme
2. Battle of Loos
3. Battle of Upton Creek
4. Battle of Pease Bottom
5. Battle of Wobble Field
6. Battle of Pudding Valley
7. Battle of Meelick Island
8. Battle of Angry Rock
9. Battle of Flushing
10. Battle of Linton Moor

Tiebreaker
Now that’s a Big Gun!

How Heavy is Mons Meg (in pounds)?

Quiz Night 02-12-2020 – Man of Kent or Kentish Man ?

Tony F takes his turn in the quizmaster’s chair with a locally based set of questions – answers in a few days time.

1A) – Which pair of brothers led the Anglo-Saxon forces at the Battle of Aylesford in AD.455 ?
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?


2A) – What is this famous North Kent landmark ?
2B) – What is it the remains of ?


3A) – Name this castle.
3B) – Who was responsible for its construction ?


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 ?
4B) – The collapsed tower was subsequently rebuilt, but not as originally constructed – how did it differ?


5A) and 5B) – Name the commanders of the respective forces in the Battle of Maidstone (1648).


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


7A) – What defensive structure was built on Romney Marsh between 1804 and 1809 ?
7B) – How did the iconic Kentish defensive symbol, the Martello Tower, get its name?


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


9A) – What’s the name of this type of radar installation ?
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 ?


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


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


11A) – What links the Walmington-on-Sea platoon in Dad’s Army directly to Kent?
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?
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?

MWS Quiz 18/11/2020

Last week Mark J set the questions, with a “North East” theme. Answers in a couple of days.

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?

1.b. Which regiment currently holds the title?

Question 2

2.a. Name the weapon.

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

Question 3

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

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?

Question 4

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

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?

Question 5

5.a. Can you name this aircraft?

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?

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?

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?

Question 7

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

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

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?

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?

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?

9.b. Which nations fought in the battle?

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?

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?

Question 12

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

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

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?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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 04/11/2020

Peter set the questions for our last quiz on November 4th, with a film theme. In his own words, scoring is problematic- say, 2pts for spot-on, 1pt for ‘close’! Let’s see how you get on. Answers in a few days.

Q1. Not him again!

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

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

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?

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

Q3. Naval contemplation

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

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

Q4. Lie of the Land.

a) Which battle area is this meant to portray?

Question 4A

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

Question 4B

Q5. Take Two

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

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?

Q6. The Caine Family

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

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

Q7. Reach for the sky

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

Question 7A

b) The AVRO Vulcan appeared in which film?

Question 7B

Q8. Sub-standard

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

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

Q9. Hit the Beach

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

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

Q10. Uniformity

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

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

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?

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

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

a) Name three actors who have played Henry VIII

b) Name three people who have portrayed Elizabeth I

MWS Quiz 21/10/2020

This week Marcus sets the questions. Answers in a couple of day’s time.

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

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

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

Q2B. Who led the opposition?

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

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

Q4A. Which Swedish King introduced conscription in 1620?

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

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

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

Q6A. What significant event is portrayed in this painting?

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

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

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

Q8A. Can you identify this distinctive ship/class?

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

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

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

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

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

Q11-12.

Can you name the following vehicles from the worlds of Gerry Anderson? One point for each.

 

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)

Society Quiz 02-09-2020

Are we sitting comfortably ? Andy takes the quizmaster’s chair again this week. Answers in a future post.

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)?
1b Odin is also accompanied by two wolves, can you name them?

2a In naval terms, what is “The Perisher”?
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?

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

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

4a In the classic TV series Porridge, Ronnie Barker played the habitual criminal, Norman Stanley Fletcher. But what does a Fletcher traditionally make?
4b In the series Open All Hours, he played the corner shop keeper, Albert Arkwright. But what does an Arkwright traditionally make?

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

6a In WW2, what was PQ17?
6b Can you name the port that was its intended destination?

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?
7b Name the commander of the Task Group at sea?

8a Which regiment of the British Army, now part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was known as “Pontius Pilate’s bodyguard”?
8b Which regiment of the British Army, now part of the King’s Royal Hussars, was known as “The Cherry Pickers”?

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?
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?

10a In 1859 there was a confrontation known as the “Pig War” between the United States and which country?
10b Where did this confrontation take place?

11a Which WW2 British division used this field sign?

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

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

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

Society Quiz 22-07-2020

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”

Q8A WW2 oddities. Can you name this aircraft? Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (“Arrow”)

Q8B Can you name this early version of a drone? Goliath

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.