The official AHF WW2 Western Europe quiz thread

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Re: The official AHF WW2 Western Europe quiz thread

Post by Hauptmann Holston » 10 Sep 2013 18:30

Sorry for the delay. What was the name of the operation, and the man, in which a drunken John Doe with top secret (mis)-information was dumped in the ocean off the coast of Spain to dupe the Germans about an upcoming invasion? :milwink:
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Post by Kingfish » 10 Sep 2013 18:48

Operation Mincemeat and Major William Martin, Royal Marines.
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Post by Hauptmann Holston » 10 Sep 2013 18:58

Super Fast, very good. But do you know his real name?
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Post by Kingfish » 10 Sep 2013 19:04

Glyndwr Michael
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Post by Hauptmann Holston » 10 Sep 2013 21:57

Glyndwr! :lol: What a name, I love it. You're up! :milsmile:
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Post by Rob Stuart » 11 Sep 2013 23:07

... a drunken John Doe ...
He was not drunk. He was dead.

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Post by Kingfish » 11 Sep 2013 23:11

OK, lets see if we can make this harder...

On August 27th, 1944 a flight of allied fighter-bombers was supporting the US 8th infantry division during the siege of Brest. After striking their primary target they asked the ground controller if they were any targets of opportunities to expend their remaining ordnance on. At that moment a senior officer of the division happened to be present, and he ordered the flight to bomb a patch of woods just inside German lines. During this second attack one of the fighters was shot down, and the pilot killed.

Who was the senior officer and who was the pilot?
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Re: The official AHF WW2 Western Europe quiz thread

Post by Graham Clayton » 14 Dec 2013 12:16

Hi Kingfish,

There have been no takers, so could you provide the answer and open the floor for a new question?
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Post by Kingfish » 14 Dec 2013 17:42

Sure thing

The senior officer was Major General Donald Stroh, and the pilot was Major Harry Stroh, his son. The general had no way of knowing at the time, and wouldn't find out until days later, but no doubt the news and his involvement must have been devastating. Later on during the Hurtgen Forest campaign the stress overcame him and he was relieved of his command, some say partly due to the loss of his son.

Anyway, I yield the floor...
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Post by Rob Stuart » 04 Jan 2014 23:33

Okay, since the floor is open, how about this easy one to get the ball rolling again: Name the first Canadian unit to land in France on 6 June 1944.

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Post by Kingfish » 05 Jan 2014 15:20

1st Canadian Para, part of Brit 6th Airborne
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Post by Polar bear » 05 Jan 2014 15:24

hi,

The airborne came first, indeed, but if "land" is understood as "from the sea": the Royal Winnipeg Rifles at 07:49 at Juno Beach.

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Post by Rob Stuart » 05 Jan 2014 16:32

In this case I used "land" to include parachutists safely reaching earth (I don't know what other verb to use), so Kingfish is correct. Over to you, Kingfish.

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Post by Kingfish » 05 Jan 2014 19:01

Here we go...

On April 12th, 1945 a small Polish detachment consisting of a single Sherman tank, scout car, jeep and motorcycle liberated a certain POW camp.

How many prisoners were liberated and what was special about them?
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Re: The official AHF WW2 Western Europe quiz thread

Post by Graham Clayton » 07 Apr 2014 10:24

Kingfish,

There have been no replies for 3 months. Can you give the answer?

Someone else can then ask a question.
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