Elite Forces Quiz
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Question 2 of 21
Navy SEALs use a firearm suppressor to silence their guns.
... The suppressor really just disguises the sound of the shot. The distinctive gunshot sound comes from very hot gas quickly escaping the gun’s muzzle. The suppressor gives the gas more space to expand and cool, so that when it leaves the muzzle, the gunshot sound is much quieter or completely unrecognizable.
Question 3 of 21
The Waffen S.S. were armed with one of the deadliest weapons of World War II, the MG42. It was sometimes called “Hitler’s Buzz Saw.”
... The MG42 fired over 1,200 rounds a minute. At that speed, it was nearly impossible to hear each individual bullet being fired. When this weapon went off, it sounded like canvas being ripped. The U.S. Army produced training films to help soldiers deal with the psychological effects of the deadly MG42. The films said the gun’s bark was worse than its bite.
Question 4 of 21
For most of the 20th century, the KA-BAR was an iconic Marine weapon. However, the KA-BAR has now been replaced by a new knife. What is it?
... For generations unarmed Marine combat has meant fighting with a bayonet or knife. The OK3CS gets the job done. Its 8-inch blade can penetrate body armor. Plus, whereas a bayonet is generally used for thrusting, this knife is designed for hacking and for slashing.
Question 5 of 21
How did the "Hush Puppy" suppressor get its nickname?
... During the Vietnam War, when SEAL teams went into villages very early in the morning, the dogs and ducks made all kinds of noise. They needed something that would quiet the animals, without disturbing/waking the entire village.
Question 6 of 21
In an early demonstration of his troops' ruthlessness, Hitler ordered the S.S. to kill his rivals in the Sturmabteilung, or S.A. What did the operation became known as?
... During the summer of 1934, the only serious threat to Hitler’s power came from the brown-shirted S.A. and their leader, Ernst Rohm. Hitler ordered his fiercely loyal S.S. to kill over 80 people, in what became known as the Night of the Long Knives.
Question 7 of 21
What weapon helped the Marines earn their reputation as amazing riflemen?
... U.S. weaponologists adapted the German Mauser into the Springfield 1903. Before the Springfield 1903, Marines carried single-shot weapons. But single-shot weapons cannot generate anywhere near as much firepower as repeating weapons.
Question 8 of 21
So, the Springfield 1903 made Marines faster, but during World War I they also became infamous for something else. What was it?
... With the U.S. Marines more than 800 feet away, German soldiers thought they were safe during the WWI battle of Belleau Wood. But even at that distance, the Marines were able to rain rounds down on the Germans and rack up a heavy body toll before their combatants learned you can't beat U.S. Marines armed with Springfield rifles. The Germans were so stunned they gave the Marines the nickname Teufelhunden, or "Devil Dogs."
Question 9 of 21
Which group was an important precursor to the SEALs we know today?
... The Underwater Demolition Teams were organized after the assault of Tarawa in November 1943, when more U.S. Marines drowned before reaching the beach than were killed in the battle. Promising it [such an unnecessary tragedy?] would never happen again, Adm. Richmond Kelly Turner began to build a force of men who could examine the beaches, go into the water and find the obstacles.
Question 10 of 21
Hitler’s weaponologists developed some of the best and worst weapons of the 20th century. Among the misses was the Tiger 2, or King Tiger Tank. What was its fatal flaw?
... A vehicle the size of the Tiger 2 needed colossal engines to power it, but this tank simply didn’t have the goods. It couldn’t advance the Germans fast enough, and they suffered a crushing defeat in the Battle of the Bulge.
Question 11 of 21
What’s the advantage to using a re-breather?
... SEALs are masters of stealth, and re-breathers help keep them undetected. It’s easy to tell when a diver using a compressed-air breathing system is underwater nearby, as the bubbles give him away. But re-breathers recycle a diver’s breath, meaning less carbon dioxide is vented. No bubbles, no troubles.
Question 12 of 21
It took a while for manufacturers to get rebreathers right. Early models had some problems. What were they?
... The Lambertsen Amphibious Respiratory Unit was considered outstanding when it was introduced shortly after World War II, but it wasn’t perfect. The masks sometimes filled up with CO2, causing the wearer to pass out.
Question 13 of 21
SEAL in Navy SEAL stands for:
... President Kennedy officially commissioned the SEALs in 1962. SEAL stood for Sea, Air and Land. Their mission: to fight hostile unconventional forces wherever they might be in the world.
Question 14 of 21
Battlefield blood and filth could really mess with the Luger pistol’s precision engineering. The German military acknowledged the Luger’s flaw and dealt with it how?
... Why redesign the gun when changing the holster works just as well? The PO8 holster is a glove that fits around the Luger. It has a tight fitting cover that completely protected the gun from mud, dirt and rain.
Question 15 of 21
What was the first infrared sighting system used by individual soldiers called? Who was it designed for?
... Vampir night sight was a piece of infrared equipment. It broadcast a signal of infrared energy, which is invisible to the naked eye but allowed SS soldiers to see in the dark. Vampir was one of the first night-sight technologies to be used in combat.
Question 16 of 21
For the last 60 years or more, American paratroopers have used the same method to mass deploy. What is it?
... The static line jump system gets the airborne soldier onto the ground quickly and efficiently. Paratroopers are attached to their plane by a breakaway line that opens their parachute when they have fallen just four seconds away from their transport aircraft.
Question 17 of 21
During the Noriega conflict in the 1980s, tanks were dropped onto the battlefield with the paratroopers for the first time. What type of tanks were they?
... Coming in at just 17 tons, the M551 Sheridan is the featherweight of tanks. The Sheridan hits the ground on a platform. The crew members then head to the tank, de-rig it and put it into action.
Question 18 of 21
Who first imagined using parachutes to insert soldiers into combat zones?
... Benjamin Franklin got a sneak peek at the power of parachutes in 18th-century France. After seeing these early jumpers, Franklin wrote that “ten thousand men descending from the clouds might do an infinite deal of mischief.”
Question 19 of 21
Members of the U.S. Airborne have a special affinity for the plane they train on. What plane is it?
... The Lockheed C-130, or Dirty Herc, which entered the service in 1956. It holds the record for the longest continually used aircraft in history.
Question 20 of 21
What makes the Heckler & Koch 416 an especially attractive weapon for the Green Berets?
... The working parts of the 4-16 stay cool, don’t expand and remain lubricated. With weapons like a standard M4, the parts heat up, expand, dirty up, dry out and ultimately jam.
Question 21 of 21
Who authorized the U.S. Army Special Forces to wear green berets?
... President John F. Kennedy was a big believer in the Special Forces. He gave them dispensation to wear the famous green beret, a move that had been resisted by conventional military commands.