General Military History Quiz

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

  1. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Who were The Springers ?
  2. RoughEngineeringMadeEasy

    RoughEngineeringMadeEasy Junior Member

    The Wiltshire Regiment. I can't find out why though.
  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    and another regiment ...
  4. RoughEngineeringMadeEasy

    RoughEngineeringMadeEasy Junior Member

    The 99th Lanarkshire Regiment of Foot maybe?
  5. spidge


    A common command for light infantry to advance while skirmishing, was to "spring up", hence The Springers!
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  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I was actually thinking of the Lincolnshire Regiment, who were also the Springers.

    62nd Foot were the Old Springers, the 10th Foot the Young Springers.

    Your turn.
  7. RoughEngineeringMadeEasy

    RoughEngineeringMadeEasy Junior Member

    A high ranking officer.
    A qualified dentist.
    Won a medal one minute before the Armistice came into effect.
  8. The Cooler King

    The Cooler King Elite Member

    Would that be Bernard Freyberg VC?............. Won his 3rd DSO A minute before the Armistice when he lead a cavalry squadron detached from 7th DG's to seize a bridge at Lessines
  9. RoughEngineeringMadeEasy

    RoughEngineeringMadeEasy Junior Member

  10. The Cooler King

    The Cooler King Elite Member

    A true hero!....

    He is a question that a lot of people would usually get wrong....

    On August 9, 1945, B-29 bomber Bockscar lifted off, carrying the nuclear weapon "Fat Man". Which city was it heading to?
  11. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon


    Nagasaki was the alternate.
  12. The Cooler King

    The Cooler King Elite Member

    Very True that was indeed the specified target but the crew were under strict orders to have full observation of the target which they did not due to the cloud cover - they made three passes before moving onto the secondary target...... call it fate for the inhabitants of Kokura.... how close they came!
  13. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    From post #1 of this thread.
    Questions must be on military history from any era except WW2.

  14. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    I'm going to be out of pocket over the next few days, so if anyone wants to pose a question, please feel free to do so.
  15. spidge


    What method was used to virtually destroy the Turkish seventh army of 7,000 men in 1918?
  16. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    On the night of 20–21 September the Seventh Army began to evacuate Nablus. By this time it was the last formed Ottoman army west of the Jordan and although there was a chance that Chetwode's XX Corps might cut off their retreat, its advance had been slowed by Ottoman rearguards. On 21 September, the Seventh Army was spotted by aircraft in a defile west of the river. The RAF proceeded to bomb the retreating army and destroyed the entire column. Waves of bombing and strafing aircraft passed over the column every three minutes and although the operation had been intended to last for five hours, the Seventh Army was routed in 60 minutes. The wreckage of the destroyed column stretched over 6 miles (9.7 km). British cavalry later found 87 guns, 55 motor-lorries, 4 motor-cars, 75 carts, 837 four-wheeled wagons, and scores of water-carts and field-kitchens destroyed or abandoned on the road. Many Ottoman soldiers were killed and the survivors were scattered and leaderless. Lawrence later wrote that "the RAF lost four killed. The Turks lost a corps."
  17. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Regarding the Lincolnshire Regiment,I always thought that their nickname was the Yella (Yellow) Bellys....never heard of the Springers.

    Incidentally both atomic bombs dropped on Japan were dropped visually,the plan was not to use the bombing radar gear carried...APQ13, which was a development of the RAF's H2S.
  18. spidge


    You got the air bit in Sol so next question to you.

    In June 1918, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Williams of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) took command of the wing, with No. 1 Squadron AFC and three RFC squadrons—Nos. 111, 144, and 145—at his disposal.[5] No. 145 Squadron was also commanded by an Australian, Captain Roy Drummond.[6][7] Based at Ramleh, the wing's inventory consisted of Bristol F.2B and S.E.5 fighters and DH.9 light bombers.[5]


    Wing officers seated in an olive grove in Ramleh

    Augmented by a giant Handley Page bomber, No. 40 Wing took part in the Battle of Megiddo, General Allenby's final offensive in Palestine, where its units inflicted "wholesale destruction" on Turkish columns through sustained aerial assaults.[8][9]At Wadi Fara on 21 September 1918, the Palestine Brigade, including the 40th Wing's four squadrons, destroyed the bulk of the Turkish Seventh Army as it attempted to cross the Jordan River along an old Roman road leading from Nablus, an early demonstration of the effects of concentrated air attack on ground troops.[10] Williams wrote: "The Turkish Seventh Army ceased to exist and it must be noted that this was entirely the result of attack from the air." A detachment from No. 1 Squadron also aided Major T. E. Lawrence's Arab army north of Amman when it was harassed by German aircraft operating from Deraa.[11]

    Lieutenant Colonel Richard Williams of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) became known as the father of the RAAF when it became the second stand alone air force in the world on the 31st March 1921.




    3 August 1890
    Moonta Mines, South Australia


    7 February 1980 (aged 89)
    Melbourne, Victoria




    Royal Australian Air Force

    Years of service



    Air Marshal

    Commands held

    No. 1 Squadron AFC (1917–1918)
    40th Wing RAF (1918–1919)
    Chief of the Air Staff
    (1922, 1925–1932, 1934–1939)
    RAAF Overseas HQ (1941–1942)


    World War I
    World War II


    Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
    Companion of the Order of the Bath
    Distinguished Service Order
    Mentioned in Despatches (2)
    Order of the Nahda (Hejaz)

    Other work

    Director-General of Civil Aviation (1946–1955)
  19. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    Name of the war between European country and its former colonies for guano.
  20. The Cooler King

    The Cooler King Elite Member

    Not certain Sol but would that be the 1866 Peruvian Spanish war which then led onto the "Saltpetre War" between Peru/Bolivia vesus Chile in the 1880's ...? Some times called the Pacific War over rich mineral deposits.

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