How much do you know about Germany? Take our quiz!

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A fireworks display in 2009 over Berlin's Brandenburg Gate commemorates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Lying in the heart of Europe, the territory that is now Germany has since the Middle Ages been the crossroads of the continent, a wellspring of art and music, science and war. Since its unification in the 19th century, no nation has arguably had a greater say in the economic and political fate of Europe than Germany.

How much do you know about the land of Beethoven, Kant, and schnitzel?

1. In which theater of World War II did Germany expend the most manpower and resources?

North Africa

Western and Southern Europe

Eastern Front

All other theaters combined except the Eastern Front

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