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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. What is the name of the command group in charge of planning D-Day?

2. Maj. A. J. C. Rosevear is assigned to destroy three bridges on the ______ River.

3. Where do the Allies want the Germans to believe the D-Day invasion would be?

4. Who is praised by Eisenhower as "the man who won the war for us"?

5. What is the landing site the Allies choose for the D-Day invasion?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the Calvados coast of Normandy chosen as the landing site for the D-Day invasion?

2. What is the fourth front for Germany?

3. While the Allies train obsessively, how are the Germans conducting training?

4. What role do the hedgerows along the French coast play in the battle of D-Day?

5. Who is Pvt. Franz Gockel and what is his view the morning of the invasion?

6. What do Eisenhower's subordinates think of him as a leader?

7. How do the British gather intelligence about the French coast?

8. What is Rommel doing in the days before the invasion?

9. How is the "Transportation Plan" viewed by experts after the war?

10. How do the commanders and leaders feel about the D-Day plans by the time of the May 15 dress rehearsal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

How does D-Day change the parameters of modern warfare? What lessons of D-Day can be applied to the wars of today?

Essay Topic 3

The reporter Ernie Pyle said, "We did it with every advantage on the enemy's side and every disadvantage on ours." What are the advantages of the German Army? What are the disadvantages for the Allies? How does this make the victory more miraculous and the loss more devastating?

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