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VE Day Quiz - Answers

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 wartime, grow food

1. What was introduced in Britain on the 8th January 1940?
Food Rationing.

2. What was the name of the campaign which encouraged people to grow their own food?
Dig For Victory.

3. What were the names of the two planes that were built at the Castle Bromwich aircraft factory?
The Spitfire Fighter and the Lancaster Bomber.

4. What was the name of the organisation that put on concert parties in factories etc.
ENSA (Entertainments National Service Association).

5. What was the official name for the evacuation of Dunkirk?
Operation Dynamo.


 men making munitions

6. Birmingham was the largest centre for munitions manufacture during the war. What percentage of the population was involved in this production? 10%, 20% or 30%?
30%.

7. What was the name given to scheme that produced simple, low price and good quality clothing and furniture?
Utility.

8. What does ARP stand for?
Air Raid Precautions.

9. What was the name of the air raid shelter designed to be used as a table inside the house?
Morrison.

10. What was the nickname given to the German V1 Rocket?
Doodlebug or Buzzbomb.


 land girls loading hay

11. Which organisation did Land Girls work for?
The Womens Land Army.

12. What did the Local Defence Force change its name to in 1940?
The Home Guard.

13. 1n September 1939 the government introduced the Mickey Mouse for use by children only. What was it?
A gas mask.

14. Which Birmingham company was responsible for the production of 50% of all precision weapons (rifles and machine guns) made in Britain during the war?
BSA (Birmingham Small Arms).

15. How many children were evacuated from Birmingham on the 1st September 1939? 25,000, 30,000 or 35,000?
25,000.


 evacuees - schoolchildren


16. What fell on Birmingham for the first time on night of 8/9 August 1940?
Bombs (The first raid by the Luftwaffe).

17. Complete the title of this government poster campaign. Careless Talk.....
Costs Lives.

18. Produced in Birmingham by Metro-Cammell, what type of vehicle was a Harry Hopkins?
A tank.

19. What was the name of the photographer who was employed by Vogue as their war correspondent in 1941?
Lee Miller.

20. Which football ground was commandeered by the military authorities in 1939?
Villa Park.

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