Thursday’s quiz

It’s another of those fortnights this week which leaves me without time to think about questions.

I’ll leave them up to you and give an electronic basket of stone fruit to anyone who stumps everyone.

6 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    Borte was the wife of ……….?

  2. Alwyn says:

    I decided that with a name like that she should have been the wife of Barte Simpsone, the French arm of the clan.
    Then I cheated and Googled it so I can’t really enter.

  3. Andrei says:

    You know the old saying you don’t hear anymore Alwyn. that goes “Behind every successful man there is a good woman”.

    I think whoever coined might have had had Borte in mind, she made him become what he became.

    She must have been something ……

  4. Alwyn says:

    The US Military has had five officers with the rank of “General of the Army” and four with the rank of “Fleet Admiral”.
    Can you name seven of them.
    Bonus points if you can tell me what distinguished them into a group of seven and a group of two.

  5. Andrei says:

    This one I can do

    General of the Army British rank of Feild Marshall

    In WW2 after the Battle of Normandy Montgomery, who had not covered himself in glory during that battle and who also had the peculiar talent of being able to alienate himself from most people in particular the American commanders found him self sidelined (very potted version). To ease the hurt and probably to send a message to the Americans Churchill promoted him to Field Marshall whereupon he outranked everybody on the Western Front. Thus the American high command saw the need to promote Eisenhower to match Monty’s rank but in order to maintain the existing military senority had to promote other Army and Navy leaders before Eisenhower could be elevated – thats your original 7

    I thought only one other to acheive that rank after the war that being Omar Bradley and that occuring because Montgomery didn’t retire after the war but became a Nato Commander while Omar Bradley became the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff but I assume there was a post war Navy commander who also acheived this exalted status after the war.

    Ok I’ve given 2, others – Hap Arnold (the last of the WW2 group), George Marshall the first? , Douglas MacArthur, then Admirals Nimitz and King – Admiral Leahy must be another thinking on it probably the first of the Admirals.

    I don’t know the last one, Admiral “Bull” Halsey? When and Why? After WW2 was over anyway

  6. Alwyn says:

    Very impressive.
    You got the lot.
    The odd ones out were Halsey (promoted December 1945) and Bradley (September 1950).
    The other 7 were all appointed in December 1944. There was one promotion per day from December 15 until December 21.
    Actually I think they should have appointed Admiral Spruance instead of Halsey but Halsey had a very powerful sponsor in Congressman Carl Vinson.

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