World War II Commanding General Quiz


It’s important as new Commanding General that you get to know your troops. However, upon your arrival to the front lines, you receive word that in a few days you will command a difficult assault on a heavily fortified position. Little preparation has been done in advance. How do you spend your first days at Commanding General?

While planning the upcoming assault, you realize that very is little known about your enemy. You have three options on how to proceed with the planning.

The assault is underway, and your troops are performing well. However, half way through the battle you begin to notice that your troops have stalled. Enemy interference is disrupting your communication. You have reserve soldiers ready to go but are unsure where to send them.

Your troops have succeeded in their assault, and the enemy has surrendered. Your troops showed great bravery in combat, and you have identified four soldiers you feel displayed extreme gallantry. You would like to see them awarded with the second highest military award the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC). How do you proceed?

You’re MG Terry De La Mesa Allen

General Allen was known for being charismatic and outgoing. He was a soldier’s soldier. He loved horses, a good party, and a good fight, but above all, he loved the troops. Known for being an independent General, his leadership style placed the majority of the responsibility on his staff, and he preferred creating broad and flexible plans. Allen was very popular among his soldiers as his primary concern was always their welfare. Although, his relaxed manner with his soldiers sometimes placed him at odds with higher headquarters. He successfully led the 1st Division through difficult campaigns in North Africa and Sicily.
You’re MG Clarence Huebner

General Huebner rose through the ranks from an enlisted soldier all the way to an officer. He was a professional soldier who relied on regulation and procedure. He was known as a no-nonsense disciplinarian and a teacher as well as a leader. A rifle marksmanship expert, he oversaw his soldier's instruction which earned him the affectionate nickname of “Coach.” Huebner had the difficult task of overseeing the Division during its most challenging assault, the D-Day landings in Normandy. Huebner saw it as his duty to stay behind and not join the fight on the beach a decision that weighed heavily on him.
You’re MG Clift Andrus

General Andrus was well known for his understanding of combat. Unlike more flashy Generals, Andrus was more likely to be found in the library researching the history and science of warfare than parading the grounds. Andrus displayed great bravery throughout his career. During every major battle, you would find Andrus forward with the artillery batteries encouraging his soldiers. In peacetime, before World War II, Andrus was awarded the prestigious Soldiers Medal for saving a group of men from drowning in Hawaii. He was brave both on and off the battlefield. When given his command Andrus led the 1st Division through the Battle of the Bulge.

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