The Zoom Quiz has become a national phenomenon. For thousands of us, it's now a key lockdown activity.
What has always been a quaint British tradition – the weekly pub quiz down the local – has re-rooted itself in our living rooms, with many people still opting to pour themselves a drink as they take on friends, brothers, sisters and even in-laws in 40-minute long Zoom meetings, quizzing everything from capital cities to World Cup winning goal scorers.
Never wanting to leave our Forces audience dry with regards to pub quiz, sorry, ‘Zoom quiz’ ammo … the team at forces.net have prepared 28 military-themed questions for you to show off with next time you pull everyone together on Zoom.
There’s a mixed bag of questions and some are quite tough. The answers are at the bottom of the page, so no cheating please.
If you like quizzes, don’t forget, you can also tune into the Big Quiz Night In every Tuesday at 6pm (UK) for a chance to take part in our bfbs radio quiz.
Good luck, and feel free to Tweet us pics of your quizzing activities.
Round One: Military History
- In what year did the Indian Rebellion (also known as The Mutiny) take place?
- At what battle in 1815 did Napoleon surrender to the British?
- The Battle of Monte Cassino took place in which country?
- What year was the Royal Air Force formed?
- What was the name of the Royal Navy submarine that sunk the Argentine ship ARA General Belgrano during the Falklands War?
- In which sea did the Battle of Jutland take place in 1916?
- Which US General in WWII later became the 34th President of the United States of America?
Round Two: Military Hardware
- Which main battle tank did Challenger Two replace?
- What was the operational range of the Spitfire?
- In what year was the upgraded SA80 (A2) introduced to the British Army?
- To which Class does the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales belong?
- What was the name of the standard riffle used by British soldiers throughout WWI?
- How many rounds per minute can the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) lay down when operated by a two-person crew?
- What was the name of the Royal Air Force’s high-altitude strategic bomber, operational from 1956 to 1984?
Round Three: Famous Military Faces, Places and Honours
- Which former Army Sergeant won two gold medals at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens?
- What is the name of the successful businessman who was once dishonourably discharged from the Royal Navy for trying to throw his commanding officer overboard?
- In which English county is RAF Benson?
- To the nearest thousand, what is the current population of Gibraltar?
- Which military base is situated next to a famous natural beauty spot on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England?
- How many Royal Navy recipients of the Victoria Cross has there been?
- Who starred as General Melchett in the TV series, Blackadder Goes Fourth?
Round Four: General Military Knowledge
- Which current Formula One driver and former World Champion served in his native country’s armed forces before becoming a professional racing driver?
- Which fictional submarine is the focus of a 1990 film starring Sean Connery?
- What Royal Navy rank does Ian Fleming’s James Bond hold?
- Who wrote the novels featuring the character Richard Sharpe which later became a successful television series on ITV?
- In 1917, Roland Bradford VC became the youngest man to attain the rank of General in modern British military history, but how old was he?
- What was the shortest life expectancy of a Royal Air Force pilot during WWII?
- What is the British Army’s earliest battle honour?
Answers (Don't cheat folks):
Round One: 1 1857, 2 Waterloo, 3 Italy, 4 1918, 5 HMS Conqueror, 6 North Sea, 7 Dwight D Eisenhower.
Round Two: 1 Challenger, 2 980 miles at 220MPH, 3 2000, 4 Queen Elizabeth Class, 5 Short Magazine Lee Enfield, 6 750, 7 Avro Vulcan.
Round Three: 1 Dame Kelly Holmes, 2 Duncan Bannatyne, 3 Oxfordshire, 4 33,000, 5 Lulworth, 6 117, 7 Stephen Fry.
Round Four: 1 Kimi Raikkonen, 2 Red October, 3 Commander, 4 Bernard Cornwell, 5 25, 6 4 weeks, 7 Tangier.