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.

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?
Cardwell
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
Brunswick(-Wolfenbüttel)
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
Culloden
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?
Nineteen.
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.?
Cromwell
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

Society Quiz 24th June 2020

The quizmaster this week was Andy; here are the questions (answers in the next post – no cheating…).

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 ?
1b Name the Division that provided the infantry.

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?
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 ?

3b What is the name or designation of this AFV ?

4a In AD69 a revolt broke out in the Roman province of Germania Inferior. What was the name of the tribe leading the revolt
4b Name either the leader of the tribe, or the Roman general who defeated them.

5a Name the German contingent of the Napoleonic Wars to which these troops belong

5b Name their commander, killed at Quatre Bras

6a Which battle, on 16 April 1746 effectively ended the Jacobite Rebellion ?
6b Name the commander of the government forces at the battle.

7a During the Battle of Britain, which RAF Group was primarily responsible for the defence of London and South East England ?
7b Name the commander of the group .

8a To which Guards regiment do these soldiers belong?

8b In what year was the regiment formed?

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.
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?

10a In the first English Civil War (1642–1646) Parliament fielded only one full regiment of Cuirassier, can you name the unit ?
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 ?

11a Which WW2 British unit used this field sign ?

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?
12b What was the name of the commander of the British forces on the lake?

Society Quiz 10th June 2020

 Here is our latest virtual quiz for you to try.


Follow the link at the end for the answers.

  1. With whom did Shakespeare credit the words “The game’s afoot: Follow your spirit; and upon this charge, cry ‘God for Harry! England! and Saint George!” at the siege of Harfleur in 1415? For a bonus point name the present day country in the region that was the birthplace of St. George, who also have him as their patron saint.
  2. Who played the role of Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah, who proclaimed himself the Mahdi, in the 1966 epic? For a bonus point name the commander of the British Army sent to relieve his siege of Khartoum in 1885.
  3. Which nation’s troops carried ‘Ordinarfahne’ of the type shown in picture 1 during the Napoleonic wars? For a bonus point name both of the countries which also featured eagles on their standards in pictures 2 and 3.
    Picture 1
    Picture 2

    Picture 3
  4. On which planet of the Star Wars universe was the 1997 MWS show game, featuring a scratchbuilt sandcrawler, set? For a bonus point name the people blamed by the Empire for the destruction of the sandcrawler featured in the original Star Wars film.
  5. By what nickname was Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, considered the ace-of aces in WW1 fighter combat, commonly known? For a bonus point name the aircraft that he flew at the end of his career with which he is most associated, or any other fighter in which he scored a victory.
  6. Who claimed victory for the Egyptian Army at the Battle of Qadesh in 1274BC? For a bonus point name the rival empire he claimed to have defeated at the battle or its ruler.
  7. What is the Russian WW2 tank in picture 4? For a bonus point name the tank in picture 5.
    Picture 4

    Picture 5
  8. What battle of 1759 is depicted in picture 6? For a bonus point name the town in Kent where the British commander killed in the battle grew up, or the commander of the defeated French force.

    Picture 6
  9. At which battle of 1861 did Brigadier General Thomas Jackson get his nickname as a result of General Bee ordering his men to “Rally behind the Virginians! There stands Jackson like a stone wall”? For a bonus point name the Battle at which Jackson was killed.
  10. What nation did Prussia attack in 1866? For a bonus point name the battle at which the fleet of Prussia’s ally, Italy, was decisively defeated by the Fleet of Admiral Tegetthof.
  11. Which decisive battle on the Italian Front in November 1918 precipitated the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian army, in which Italian troops are seen in action in picture 7? For a bonus point name the battle in November 1940 in which a battleship named after the battle fought, the photograph in picture 8 is of her at gunnery practice with her sistership Littorio.
    Picture 7

    Picture 8
  12. By what name is the war that resulted from the surprise attack by Egypt and Syria on Israel in 1973 known? For a bonus point give the English meaning of the associated religious festival or the phrase often used at the end of the service that ends the fast on that day.

For answers follow the link:

http://brigademodels.co.uk/mws/blog/2020/06/10/answers-to-quiz-10th-june-2020/

Society Quiz 27th May

Here is another virtual quiz for you to try.

Follow the link at the end for the answers.

  1. Name the Prime Minister the tank type in picture 01 is named after?  For a bonus point name the type of tank you can see in the picture 02.
    Picture 01

    Picture 02
  2. In which year did Emperor Napoleon III declare war on Prussia?  For a bonus point name the climactic battle of the initial campaign at which the newly appointed French commander, General Ducrot, summed up the tactical situation as ‘Nous sommes dans un pot de chambre, et nous y serons emmerdés’ (“We are in a chamber pot, and we’re going to be shit on”)
  3. What is the name of the famous WW2 bomber in picture 03?  For a bonus point name its less famous successor in the picture 04.
    Picture 03

    Picture 04
  4. Name the son of the last Steward of Gondor (as played by Sean Bean) who was killed by Uruk-Hai.  For a bonus point name his brother and the part of Gondor the Rangers he commanded were named after.
  5. In what year did the British Army set fire to all of the government buildings in Washington DC, including the presidential mansion (now the White House), during the War of 1812?  For a bonus point name the catastrophic defeat suffered by the American Army that led to the capture of Washington.
  6. Our 2018 show game was ‘twisting the dragon’s tail’ featuring the Royal Navy assault on the Zeebrugge Mole in 1918.  What was the name of the cruiser that was the centre-piece of the action?  For a bonus point name either of the members of her crew who won Victoria Crosses in the action in pictures 05 and 06.
    Picture 05

    Picture 06
  7. In which year did construction begin on Hadrian’s Wall?  Answers within 50 years will be acceptable (picture 07 is the bathhouse at Chesters Fort).  For a bonus point name the emperor who brought what is now southern Scotland briefly under Roman control and built a wall from the Forth to the Clyde.

    Picture 07
  8. The bombing of which Spanish Town in 1937 is depicted in picture 08 by Picasso?  For a bonus point name the unit responsible for the bombing.

    Picture 08
  9. The siege in 1187 of which city was featured in the semi-fictional 2005 epic, Kingdom of Heaven?  For a bonus point, what military campaign began in 1189 in response to the fall of the city?
  10. Which battle, fought in Pennsylvania in 1863 is famous for an infantry assault led by Major-General George Pickett, as depicted in picture 09?  For a bonus point name the commander of the Union Army in the battle as shown in picture 10.
    Picture 09

    Picture 10
  11. Who ordered the construction of the first Great Wall in China in 221BC?  For a bonus point what name were the nomadic tribal groups it was intended to keep out known by to the Chinese (the answer is not Mongols!).
  12. According to Jules (as played by Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction), what is the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast?  For a bonus point name the regulation food or drink of the Elizabethan Navy.

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Answers to Quiz 27th May

MWS Quiz 13th May 2020

Who is this British Admiral?  See Question 9! © Imperial War Museum Q 19570

The Society has been having some virtual quiz nights while we have been unable to meet.

We thought we would share this if you want to give it a try – answers will be published next week.

  1. The story of which famous WW2 battle is featured in the 1973 film Enemy at the Gates? For a bonus point name the real life Red Army sniper who is the hero of the film.
  2. Which fighter type, now the name of a popular set of wargames rules, was the mainstay of the rebel forces in the original battles to restore the Republic in Star Wars? For a bonus point name the fighter type used by Darth Vader during the same period.
  3. Which King of Macedon brought an end to the Persian Empire in the 4th Century BC? For a bonus point name the Persian King he defeated.
  4. In what year did war break out between Israel and her neighbours, in co-ordination with an Anglo-French assault on the Suez Canal? For a bonus point name the main jet fighter aircraft flown by the Egyptian Air Force during the war.
  5. Which country picked a fight with Prussia, Austria-Hungary and the North German Confederation in 1864? For a bonus point name the island, at that time owned by Britain, off which a naval action was fought during this war.
  6. At which Battle in 1781 did the British Army suffer its decisive defeat in the American Revolutionary War? For a bonus point name the commander of the French forces in the battle.
  7. Who famously wrote “Veni, Vedi, Vici” about his army’s victory in 47BC? For a bonus point name the king or the country of the army he was referring to.
  8. What battle, fought on 2nd July 1644 made Oliver Cromwell’s reputation as a cavalry commander? For a bonus point name the senior commander of the defeated Royalist Army.
  9. Who commanded the British Battlecruisers at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, later that year succeeding Admiral Jellicoe as Grand Fleet commander? He is pictured above.  For a bonus point name the light cruiser which fought at the battle and is preserved as an IWM museum ship in Belfast, or one of the British Battlecruisers that was sunk.
  10. Last year’s show game featured the 100 hours war between Honduras and El Salvador. In what year was the war fought?  For a bonus point name the manufacturer (or 3 letter designation) and the name of the main fighter flown by the Honduran Air Force.
  11. Which well-known wargamer played the role of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, known as ‘El Cid’, in the Hollywood blockbuster of 1961? For a bonus point give the Spanish name of the long conflict in which El Cid fought, or the city he was defending when he died.
  12. In what year did Abba win the Eurovision Song contest with the song ‘Waterloo’? For a bonus point name the commander of the British Cavalry who had his leg shot off by a cannonball at the end of this battle, or the wounded Dutch commander of I Corps.