World War 2 History Quizzes
Web Alan's Trivia
WW II Trivia: Europe | Pacific | North Africa | Asia | Soldiers | Units | Weapons
Mediterranean | Aircraft | Boats & Ships | Top 20 WWII Quizzes

Home >> FUN Trivia >> US History >> World War II Trivia >> Mediterranean

 Menu Ideas & Planning
Menu Ideas & Planning

1000s of great recipes and menu ideas

Trivia Quizzes
... Am I
American Civics
Classic Cartoons
Famous Cooks
Food and Drink
Greatest Hits
National Parks
Old West
Rock and Roll
Sports Trivia
Stars, Movie & TV

TV Shows

Ultimate Place Names
US Geography
US History
US States History Made Easy
Vehicles (Cars & Motorcycles)
Western Films
Western Stars
Westerns TV
Where Are Famous People Buried?
Year In Music
Year In Westerns

Invasion of Sicily: Allied Landings Trivia

What do you know about Invasion of Sicily: Allied Landings?  Try this US World War 2 History Made Easy Quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Alan's Dad (WW2 Vet) - Trivia powered by ABE1) Attacks by airborne forces are carried out just after midnight on the night of the July 9-July 10. The American paratroopers consists largely of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne, making their first combat drop. Who is the 505th commander?

  • Hank Stram
  • Mark Reynolds
  • Bob Marley
  • James Gavin

2) The US parachutists are to drop east of Ponte Olivo (some 5 miles inland from Gela) to block routes to U.S. 1st Infantry Division's Gela bridgehead.

  • True or False?

3) The British glider-borne troops are from British 1st Air Landing Brigade. The British landings are intended to seize the Ponte Grande, the bridge over the River Anape just south of Syracuse and hold it until British forces arrive from the beaches at Cassibile, some 7 miles to the south. What is the British division?

  • British 5th Infantry Division
  • British 15th Infantry Division
  • British 5th Armored Division
  • British 25th Armored Division

4) Strong winds of up to 45 miles per hour scatters aircraft widely off course and the US force is scattered widely over south-east Sicily between Gela and Syracuse. By July 14, about two thirds of the PIR have managed to concentrate, and half the US paratroopers fail to reach their rallying points.

True or False?

5) The British glider-landed troops fares little better, with only 12 of the 147 gliders landing on target. How many gliders crash at sea?

  • 25 gliders
  • 69 gliders
  • 89 gliders
  • 99 gliders

6) A platoon of the South Staffordshire Regiment, who lands on target, captures Ponte Grande and fights off counterattacks. More men rally to the sound of shooting and by 6.30 a.m. 89 men are holding the bridge. By 11.30 a.m. a battalion of 75th Infantry Regiment, 54 Infantry Division Napoli arrived with some artillery. The British force holds out till about 1530 hours until forced to surrender to Colonel Francesco Ronco's 75th Infantry Regiment. From the surrender, how long before the leading elements of 5th Infantry Division arrive?

  • 15 minutes
  • 45 minutes
  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 3 hours 45 minutes

7) Landings are made in the early hours of July 10 on twenty-six main beaches spread along 105 miles of the southern and eastern coasts of the island between Licata in the west and Cassibile in the east, with British and Canadian forces in the east and Americans towards the west. This constitutes the largest amphibious operation of World War II on terms of size of the landing zone and number of divisions put ashore on the first day.

  • True or False?

8) By the evening of July 10, the seven Allied assault divisions, three British, three American and one Canadian, are well established ashore. What port has been captured.

  • Messina
  • Syracuse
  • Palermo
  • Trapani

9) On July 11, Patton orders his reserve parachute troops from the 504th PIR of the 82nd Airborne to drop and reinforce the center. It seems that not every Allied unit has received warning of the drop. Furthermore, the 144 C-47 transports arrive during an Axis air raid and are fired on by the ships of the Allied landing fleet. There are 23 planes shot down and 37 damaged. How many casualties result, from "friendly fire."

  • 29 casualties
  • 129 casualties
  • 229 casualties
  • 329 casualties

10) Once the beachheads are secure, the 15th Army Group Commander's plan is to split the island in half by thrusting north through the Caltanissetta and Enna region to deny the central Sicily east-west lateral road. A further push north to Nicosia will cut the next lateral route and a final push to San Stefano on the north coast will cut the coastal route. Somewhat surprisingly to many, in new orders issued on July 13, this task is given to Eighth Army, perhaps based on a somewhat over-optimistic situation report by Montgomery on late on July 12, while U.S. 7th Army is to continue their holding role on Eighth Army's left flank despite what appears to be an opportunity for them to make a bold offensive move. Who is the 15th Army Group Commander?

  • General George Marshall
  • General Sir Harold Alexander
  • General Dwight Eisenhower
  • General Mathew Ridgeway

Invasion of Sicily: Allied Landings

  1. James Gavin
  2. True
  3. British 5th Infantry Division
  4. True
  5. 69 gliders
  6. 45 minutes
  7. True
  8. Syracuse
  9. 229 casualties
  10. General Sir Harold Alexander

More Trivia Questions


Powered by ... All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.
E-mail | AlansKitchen Privacy Policy | Thank you