Elite Forces Quiz


The "Hush Puppy" is a suppressor, right? Prove your knowledge.

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Question 1 of 20

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 2 of 20

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 3 of 20

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 However, the KA-BAR has now been replaced by a new knife.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?

The Marines would never give up the KA-BAR.

... 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 4 of 20

How did the "Hush Puppy" suppressor get its nickname?

During the Vietnam War, the suppressor gave Navy SEALs a chance to kill guard dogs before the animals alerted the whole village to the SEALs’ presence.
During World War II, the suppressor let the Waffen S.S. sneak up behind Allied soldiers, whom the S.S. had nicknamed Teufelhunden, or "Devil Dogs."
Easy to use, it felt as comfortable on a gun as a pair of Hush Puppy shoes.

... 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 5 of 20

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?

Flight of the Hummingbird
Night of the Hummingbird
Night of the Long Knives

... 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 6 of 20

What weapon helped the Marines earn their reputation as amazing riflemen?

The Mauser
The Trapdoor
The Springfield 1903
The Lee Enfield

... 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 7 of 20

So, the Springfield 1903 made Marines faster, but during World War I they also became infamous for something else. What was it?

Their brute force
Their stealth
Their deadly accuracy

... 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 8 of 20

Which group was an important precursor to the SEALs we know today?

Army Rangers
Underwater Demolition Teams, or UDTs
Green Berets

... 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 9 of 20

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?

Bad wiring. The tanks were hard to start, and when they did, there were frequently sparks inside the gunner’s turret.
To keep the Tiger 2 light and maneuverable, the designers had to sacrifice some of its shielding. As a result, these tanks crumpled under Russian firepower on the Eastern Front.
The Tiger was just too big — its engines weren’t powerful enough, and the tank was too wide for many of the roads and bridges it was supposed to traverse.

... 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 10 of 20

What’s the advantage to using a re-breather?

By not carrying compressed air, which is bulky, SEAL teams can be leaner fighting machines.
Re-breathers are less expensive than compressed air, saving the military hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
Re-breathers don’t release as many bubbles into the water as compressed-air breathing systems, making the SEALs more difficult to detect.

... 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 11 of 20

It took a while for manufacturers to get rebreathers right. Early models had some problems. What were they?

Sometimes carbon dioxide would build up in the mask.
The soda lime canisters often cracked. When the soda lime mixed with water, it created a caustic cocktail that could burn a diver’s eyes and skin.
It was hard to get a good seal with the mask; water would leak in, making it hard for the diver to see.

... 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 12 of 20

SEAL in Navy SEAL stands for:

Sea, Evasion, Air and Land
Sea, Air and Land
Secret Expeditionary Amphibious Landers

... 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 13 of 20

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?

The German military redesigned the gun’s holster, making a tight glove that protected the Luger from mud, dirt and rain.
Before they could eat their meals, Waffen SS soldiers had to prove that their Lugers were clean.
The German military invented a new solvent that not only cleaned the Luger, but helped repel dirt and mud.

... 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 14 of 20

What was the first infrared sighting system used by individual soldiers called? Who was it designed for?

ThermalSight was developed for Navy SEALs during the Korean War.
Vampir was developed for the Waffen SS during World War II.
NightVision was developed for Army Rangers during the Vietnam War.
The Cat Eye was developed for Marines during the Gulf War.

... 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 15 of 20

For the last 60 years or more, American paratroopers have used the same method to mass deploy. What is it?

Static Line Jump
Accelerated Freefall

... 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 16 of 20

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?

M24 Chaffee
Mark I tank
FV214 Conqueror
M551 Sheridan

... 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 17 of 20

Who first imagined using parachutes to insert soldiers into combat zones?

Leonardo DaVinci
Benjamin Franklin
Arman Firman
Adolf Hitler

... 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 18 of 20

Members of the U.S. Airborne have a special affinity for the plane they train on. What plane is it?

C-130, the Dirty Herc
C-47, the Vomit Comet
B-17, the Flying Fortress

... 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 19 of 20

What makes the Heckler & Koch 416 an especially attractive weapon for the Green Berets?

Its weight – at just over 3.86 kilograms, the HK 416 is a super-light weapon.
The length of its barrel – at 368 mm, no other weapon is as suited to close-quarters combat.
Its gas-operating system – the HK 416 runs cool and clean, making it less likely to jam.
None of the above. The Green Berets would never use the HK 416.

... 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 20 of 20

Who authorized the U.S. Army Special Forces to wear green berets?

President Kennedy
President Reagan
Special Forces Col. Jerry Sage
None of the above (there was no need for it to be authorized)

... 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.