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Friday, 16 October 2015

Friday Quiz 16



I missed out the Friday Quiz last week, a mix of less time available and just plain not up to scratch having spent the day off work with a very painful foot. So I am happy to be able to supply this weeks quiz, now just need to get to work LOL.

1. Name the two main nations that fought the battle of Issus?

2. Name the famous battle in England that saw one sides troops take up positions on Senlac Hill?

3. Drogheda was the site of Cromwell's infamous storming but what is the name of the battle that was fought 41 years later close by?

4. The Battle of Malaplaquet (11th September 1709) saw the winning Alliance loose 21,000 troops but how many troops were lost by France and Bavaria in their defeat?

5. In WWII what was the Goliath?

It may help some of you to know that I tend to put all the questions in order of earliest to latest.

Remember it's OK to use Google or books to find out the answers.

OK answer time.

1. Macedonia and Persia.

2. Battle of Hastings in 1066.

3. Battle of the Boyne.

4. Just 11,000 but would have been much larger if the attackers were not so worn out from the actual attack.

5. The remote controlled tracked vehicle packed with explosives was the answer I was looking for.

20 comments:

  1. 1) Macedonian Greek and Persian
    2) Hastings
    3) Boyne
    4) ?
    5) German remote control demolition vehicle

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    1. Four out of five so another great round for you.

      Ian

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    1. Well done, question 4 seems to be the sticking point

      Ian

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  3. Knew 1 and 2, was pretty sure of 3.

    Looked up 4 - they only suffered 11,000 casualties. Must have been a morale failure (shouldn't have got Big Lee to roll the dice for them) that lost them the battle

    Didn't know 5

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    1. How did they do so many casualties themselves if Big Lee was rolling?

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  4. I knew 2, 3 and 5.
    Have even been to the site of answer 2. Amused me when it was located at a place different from the battle's name. It being at Battle, not the other place. Surprised at how small the site was.
    Only other battlefield I've been to is Culloden, though I live close to Northallerton.

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    1. I have not been to many sites myself, three answers are not bad at all

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  5. I hope your foot is feeling better.

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  6. Got 4 out of 5 missing the casualties for the Franco Bavarians in question 4.

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    1. Question 4 was always going to be a hard one to know, well done on four

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  7. Cor, thought I'd missed last week's - dementure isn't setting in then!

    So,

    1. Macedon/Greece (League of Corinth?) vs Achmaenid Persia
    2. Hastings
    3. The Boyne
    4. I had to look that up, but I still can't believe only 11,000. The bloody Frogs must've been hiding a few somewhere!
    5. German heavy glider - Messerschmidt something or other and a R/C tracked demolition vehicle (about 50/60 Kg charge). Strange the Germans used the same name for two entirely different pieces of kit.

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    1. I did not know about the heavy glider, had a couple of variants as well.

      Great set of answers again

      Ian

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    2. Wasn't the glider called Gigant?
      Me 321 being the glider and the Me 323 being the powered aircraft.
      I'm not really in the know however, so am happy to be corrected :)

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    3. Yep, you're right Roy. I thought the Me321 glider was called 'Goliath' and the Me323 six engined monster the 'Gigant', but they were both called 'Gigant'. Mea culpa.
      Interesting thought though: why bother developing such a monster? The Germans binned the idea of large scale air landings after they tallied up the balance sheet for Crete in '41. There were only small scale commando type affairs thereafter (mostly a mess) and even the glider version of the Gigant was scrapped when it was decided it was unsuitable for use at Stalingrad (for which, I think, it had originally been designed).
      Personally, I don't think the Germans were quite as inventive as we're used to giving them credit for being. They built tanks which, until the Panther series, were dated in design and were all too complex for genuine mass production (as opposed to, say, the Sherman and T34 series) with generally underpowered engines and mechanically fragile; their small arms were masterpieces of engineering until it was too late to matter; their aircraft were often full of snags (eg Me109: too small and cramped and poor visibility) and so it goes. Of course, wargamers are only interested in VERY short term goals, ie one engagement or a short campaign, but that doesn't represent the actual problems faced by commanders. Maybe it's sime we stopped writing/using rules that allow the Germans to walk on water? Command and control, yes, but equipment? Hmmmm . . . . Thank God I'm a horse & musket bloke ;O)

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  8. PS what've you done to your foot?

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    1. Was at work and something "popped" in the soft tissue in my arch. Resting seems to have done it some good, still getting odd twinges but overall it's fine again.

      Ian

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    2. Seriously, if it plays up again, get it checked out - MRI rather than X-ray. Long story, but I've ended up with Perennial Tendonitis because of something similar, but the doc refused to send me for a scan and accused me of "wasting NHS resources". Should've chinned the t***!

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    3. I mostly have issues with joints, just too much iron stored there so tend to be stuck with pain most of the time but bearable. Only becomes an issue when hurt somewhere else like the foot, throws my walking off and puts extra strain on the weak points turning up the pain a fair few notches. So yes will be keeping close eye on it as going 48 hours on two hours sleep makes me grumpy lol

      Ian

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