Here’s the answers to the latest of Peter’s quizzes from last year.
01a Which unit took the main part of the fight against the Persians at Thermopylae?
Answer: Spartans (plus 1200-odd Thebans)
01b What is the common name for the Persian Guard troops who eventually broke through?
Answer: The Immortals
02a Which order of Crusader knights were also part-time doctors?
Answer: Knights (Hospitalers) of St John
02b When their last HQ in Europe was taken by the Turks, what were the elite Turkish forces called?
03a Which units of mainly German mercenaries were raised in the Renaissance era to combat the Swiss?
03b Which renaissance-era unit is still serving in Europe today? Not ‘Beefeaters’ (Yeoman of the Guard?
Answer: The Swiss Guard (1st set-up by Julius 2nd in 1506)
04a 18thC: The American militia units were commonly known as what?
04b Which hero of the irregular SYW against the French & Indians on the US/Canadian border fought against the US?
Answer: Colonel Robert Rogers
05a The 95th Rifles was one of two rifle-armed units of the British Army in the Peninsular. What was the other one?
Answer: 60th (Royal American) Regiment
05b What was the French Guard equivalent unit commonly called, to distinguish them from general Voltigeur/light infantry?
06a What is the name of the ‘super-orc’ units created by Saruman (Christopher Lee)
06b What is the common name of the shadowy group of super-humans from the north to which Aragorn initially belongs?
Answer: Dunedain or Rangers of the North
07a What was unusual about the Union 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry Regt in the early years of the war?
Answer: They were armed as lancers
07b What was unusual about the CSA Marine Corps
Answer: They never went to sea; only fought one naval action, as gunners on CSS Virginia.
08a Which British Army unit only lasted from 1912 to 1918?
Answer: Royal Flying Corps
08b Which other specialised unit only lasted from 1915 until 1922?
Answer: Machine Gun Corps
09a What knick-name did the Germans give to WW2 British Parachute forces?
Answer: The Red Devils
09b What did they call their own parachutists?
Answer: Green Devils (the Fallschirmjager, ‘Hunters From The Sky’)
10a To which human organisation does the hero belong: Steve Zodiac (Fireball XL5)
Answer: WSP – World Space Patrol
10b To which human organisation does the hero belong: Troy Tempest (Stingray)
Answer: WASP – World Aquanaut Security Patrol
10c To which human organisation do the heroes belong: Tracey family (Thunderbirds)
Answer: IR – International Rescue
10d To which human organisation does the hero belong: Colonel Straker (UFO)
Answer: SHADO – Supreme HQ Alien Defence Organisation
10e Name any two of the Angels in Captain Scarlet
Answer: Destiny, Melody, Rhapsody, Symphony, Harmony
11a What is the US equivalent unit to our SAS
Answer: 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D) more commonly known as Delta Force
11b And their not-Soviet-really counterparts
12a MWS Game of a famous siege lasting almost 2yrs
Answer: Beds of Jonquils (Masada) AD73