World War II is a conflict that can be difficult to grasp in its entirety. So, let’s start with the basics: though several global events led to the declaration of war, history books remember the start of World War II as September 1st, 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. The official end of World War II occurred on September 2nd, 1945, when official documents of Japan’s surrender were signed aboard USS Missouri, an American battleship.
Now, let’s unpack those two sentences. In unearthing the official start and end of World War II, we find that it was a) a war that lasted six years, and b) at a minimum, four countries were involved: Germany, Poland, Japan, and the United States of America.
But that isn’t all. Not even close. World War II was a global conflict fought by dozens and dozens of countries, for individual reasons, and for collective reasons.
The United States of America was one of these countries, and efforts of the U.S. Military were split between two different fronts, known as theaters: the European Theater, and the Pacific Theater, each of which were pivotal to the arc of World War II as a whole.
The quiz you’ll find below has been put together not only to test your knowledge of the Pacific Theater, but to aid in remembering what occurred so many years ago — the effort; the sacrifice; the stories of the men and women who fought so bravely abroad and at home.
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