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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The paratroopers gain a fearsome appearance with what?

2. What would be the perfect, yet too obvious, landing site for the D-Day invasion?

3. What is the name for the German army?

4. At what time does the German radar finally spot the Allied fleet?

5. More than 40 years later, what does German commander Luck believe would have been key to turning the battle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Allies' "Transportation Plan" versus the "Oil Plan"?

2. Why does Hitler order German physicists to abandon work on developing the atomic bomb?

3. What is the reason the Allies needed a soil sample from Calvados before a final decision could be made?

4. How does Hitler misjudge the need for fighter jets over bombers?

5. What is the role of the normally heralded fighter pilots?

6. What are the exact numbers of Allied bombers and fighters that take part in D-Day?

7. What purpose does the British Double Cross System serve in the war?

8. How is the situation with the wounded on D-Day unique in military history?

9. What plans do the Allies make to breach the Atlantic Wall?

10. Who are the POWs that the 2nd Battalion, 16th Regiment see being lead toward them at first light?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Considering how the plans had to be quickly abandoned once the invasion began, what purpose if any do the months of planning serve?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the preparation for the invasion made by the Germans and the Allies. What explains the Germans' lackadaisical approach to preparing for the coming Allied invasion?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the backgrounds, careers, and leadership styles of Rommel and Eisenhower. How are their places in history both unique to the men and universal to the responsibility thrust upon them?

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