General Military History Quiz

Discussion in 'The Barracks' started by Owen, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. Owen

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    During what battle did the British commander order his cannon to fire on both British & American soldiers ?
     
  2. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Bunker Hill? (Guessing.)
     
  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    right war , few years later.
     
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Clue the battle was in 1781 in North Carolina.
     
  5. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    Battle of Guilford Court House?
     
  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    No need for the ? you are correct.
     
  7. geoff501

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    Which British monarch, while on horseback, stabbed a Naval Officer in the chest. And who was the officer (he survived).
     
  8. geoff501

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    Clue: The incident happened in Hyde Park.
     
  9. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Did this happen at the first investiture of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park in 1857?
    Queen Victoria was putting the medals on from horseback and reportedly pinned one of the medals on Commander Raby through his flesh. In keeping with the spirit in which he won the award Raby did not flinch.
     
  10. geoff501

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    Correct. Over to you...
     
  11. geoff501

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  12. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    This war caused more deaths proportionally than any other modern war and is reputed to have made polygamy a necessity in one of the participants in an attempt to restore their decimated population?
     
  13. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    First Chechen War 1994-96
     
  14. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    First Chechen War 1994-96

    Sorry, no.
    You'll need to try another continent and a few years earlier...
     
  15. Peccavi

    Peccavi Senior Member

  16. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

  17. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Another clue:
    There is some overlap in time with a much more famous Civil War happening further North of this conflict of the South.
     
  18. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Wait a bit...that quadrangular war with Brazil, Argentina, and one other (Bolivia? Uruguay?) vs. the ambitions of Paraguay? Happened in the 1860's, can't remember what it was called...
     
  19. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Wait a bit...that quadrangular war with Brazil, Argentina, and one other (Bolivia? Uruguay?) vs. the ambitions of Paraguay? Happened in the 1860's, can't remember what it was called...

    You've got it close enough.
    The War of the Triple Alliance (Paraguayan war) ran from 1864 to 1870 and saw Paraguay battle an alliance of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.
    The most recent studies indicate that Paraguay lost between 60 and 70% of its population in this conflict. From a prewar population of between 400,000 to 450 000 only 150 000 to 160 000 Paraguayans survived, only 28,000 being adult males. In some areas the female to male ratio was 20 to 1.
    This war caused more deaths, proportionally, than any other war in modern history.
    Paraguayan War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  20. The Cooler King

    The Cooler King Elite Member

    Shame that this thread has stalled... I was enjoying it and learning a fair bit as well!.

    TTH Where are you!!................. :cop:
     

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