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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 does the SHAEF stand for?

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

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

4. Who are considered the knights in shining armor of World War II?

5. What are the groups of paratroopers jumping from each plane called?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the experience of the troops in the Higgins boats as they are boarded to take part in the invasion?

2. What is operation Fortitude?

3. What goes wrong with many of the paratroopers' jumps during the invasion?

4. What are the plans for taking Omaha beach?

5. How does the British airborne fare in comparison to the dismal deployment of the American paratroopers?

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

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

8. What happens with the three bridges the Allies had predetermined to destroy in the opening phase of the invasion?

9. What are the "sausages" the Allies refer to?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ambrose says in the Prologue that his book is about the young men who were molded by the 20's and 30's to become the heroes of D-Day. Discuss what he means by this.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the errors made by the Allies on D-Day. What would have made the greatest difference to the outcome, particularly to the loss of life, if it had been done differently?

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