Standby for broadcast, standby for broadcast...this is your Commanding Officer of quizzes speaking. The military has shaped boys and girls into men and women for millennia, but how well do you know your military history?

Can you tell your Commanders from your Commando's? Your Lightning's from your Lancaster's? Your pongo's from your crabs?
Well here is a multiple-choice quiz to sort out the rank from the file. Stand to attention and get ready for parade...

Oh, and the picture you see above was taken by me while on my way to a detachment to Abu Dhabi when in the Royal Air Force. The Typhoons had just been refueled from the VC-10 aircraft I was being transported on. Interesting fact - the seats in a VC-10 were all rear facing, apart from the pilots obviously!


HERE IS THE QUIZ

QUESTIONS

  1. Which former Army Sergeant won two gold medals at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens?
    a. Kelly Holmes
    b. Daley Thompson
    c. Steve Redgrave
    d. Colin Jackson

  2. Which fictional submarine is the focus of a 1990 film starring Sean Connery?
    a. Das Boot
    b. U519
    c. Russ Oktobre
    d. Red October

  3. What was the name of the standard riffle used by British soldiers throughout WWI?
    a. Martini bolt action rifle
    b. Short Magazine Lee Enfield
    c. FN Self Loading Rifle
    d. Bren Gun

  4. What year was the Royal Air Force formed?
    a. 1915
    b.1916
    c. 1917
    d. 1918

  5. Who starred as General Melchett in the TV series, Blackadder Goes Fourth?
    a. Rowan Atkinson
    b. Hugh Laurie
    c. Ade Edmonson
    d. Stephen Fry

  6. What was the name of the Royal Navy submarine that sunk the Argentine ship ARA General Belgrano during the Falklands War?
    a. HMS Resolute
    b. HMS Conqueror
    c. HMS Challenger
    d. HMS Endurance

  7. What is the nickname given to the RAF's newest single seat aircraft, the F-35B, Joint Strike Fighter?
    a. Typhoon
    b. Whirlwind
    c. Lightning
    d. Stormshadow

  8. Where in England is the spiritual home base of the Royal Marines 3 Commando Brigade?
    a. Stonehouse Barracks
    b. Hereford Lines
    c. HMP Portland
    d. The Tower of London

  9. Which personal weapon did the SA80 replace for the British armed forces?
    a. MP5
    b. SA79
    c. M16
    d. SLR

  10. What two British fighter aircraft and one German fighter aircraft are synonymous with the Battle of Britain in WWII?
    a. Mosquito, Spitfire, Junkers 88
    b. Spitfire, Lancaster, Messerschmitt BF 109e
    c. Hurricane, Spitfire, Messerschmitt BF 109e
    d. Spitfire, Hurricane, Junkers 88

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    ANSWERS

    1. Which former Army Sergeant won two gold medals at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens?
      a. Kelly Holmes
      b. Daley Thompson
      c. Steve Redgrave
      d. Colin Jackson
      a. KELLY HOLMES

    2. Which fictional submarine is the focus of a 1990 film starring Sean Connery?
      a. Das Boot
      b. U519
      c. Russ Oktobre
      d. Red October
      d. RED OCTOBER

    3. What was the name of the standard riffle used by British soldiers throughout WWI?
      a. Martini bolt action rifle
      b. Short Magazine Lee Enfield
      c. FN Self Loading Rifle
      d. Bren Gun
      b. SHORT MAGAZINE LEE ENFIELD

    4. What year was the Royal Air Force formed?
      a. 1915
      b.1916
      c. 1917
      d. 1918
      d. 1918

    5. Who starred as General Melchett in the TV series, Blackadder Goes Fourth?
      a. Rowan Atkinson
      b. Hugh Laurie
      c. Ade Edmonson
      d. Stephen Fry
      d. STEPHEN FRY

    6. What was the name of the Royal Navy submarine that sunk the Argentine ship ARA General Belgrano during the Falklands War?
      a. HMS Resolute
      b. HMS Conqueror
      c. HMS Challenger
      d. HMS Endurance
      b . HMS CONQUEROR

    7. What is the nickname given to the RAF's newest single seat aircraft, the F-35B, Joint Strike Fighter?
      a. Typhoon
      b. Whirlwind
      c. Lightning
      d. Stormshadow
      c. LIGHTNING

    8. Where in England is the spiritual home base of the Royal Marines 3 Commando Brigade?
      a. Stonehouse Barracks
      b. Hereford Lines
      c. HMP Portland
      d. The Tower of London
      a. STONEHOUSE BARRACKS

    9. Which personal weapon did the SA80 replace for the British armed forces?
      a. MP5
      b. SA79
      c. M16
      d. SLR
      d. SLR or SELF LOADING RIFLE (made by Fabrique Nationale of Belgium)

    10. What two British fighter aircraft and one German fighter aircraft are synonymous with the Battle of Britain in WWII?
      a. Mosquito, Spitfire, Junkers 88
      b. Spitfire, Lancaster, Messerschmitt BF 109e
      c. Hurricane, Spitfire, Messerschmitt BF 109e
      d. Spitfire, Hurricane, Junkers 88
      c. HURRICANE, SPITFIRE, MESSERSCHMITT BF 109e