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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 type of vehicle was the Panther?

2. What did Guderian seek while on inactive service?

3. What year did Hitler come into power in Germany?

4. Why was Guderian removed from his command by von Kluge?

5. What German commander demanded the glory of destroying the English army at Dunkirk?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did von Kluge threaten to court-martial Guderian and Hoth?

2. Describe the Schlieffen Plan for the invasion of France.

3. What problems did the German General Staff face in the inter-war period?

4. How did Hitler gain diplomatic approval for the occupation of the Sudetenland?

5. What personal danger did Guderian face in Chapter 12?

6. What was the reaction in the Sudetenland when German motorized troops arrived?

7. How well did Himmler fare as the leader of Army Group Vistula?

8. Explain the forces that made up a panzer division.

9. What diplomatic event immediately proceeded the invasion of Poland?

10. What was the impact of the T34 tank on the German military?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

As the war turned against Germany, Hitler began to make increasingly serious defensive blunders, often refusing to allow troops to withdraw to defensible positions or to retreat when overwhelmed by enemy forces. These decisions cost many Germans their lives and turned the course of the war irrevocably against Germany.

1) Identify and explain the events that caused Germany to go on the defensive.

2) Describe, based on the German army's doctrine and mentality, how ready the German forces were to fight a defensive war.

3) Use examples from the book to explain some situations were German military leaders recommended prudent defensive strategies, such as tactical withdrawals.

4) Explain or speculate as to why Hitler refused these recommendations, and explain the consequences of these decisions.

Essay Topic 2

As the war wound down and allied forces converged on the heart of Germany, Hitler and his top advisers refused to admit defeat and repeatedly neglected to agree to armistices. This refusal cost the lives of a huge number of soldiers and civilians.

1) Explain the opportunities Hitler had to surrender to the allies on reasonable terms. Include examples of suggestions made by both the allies and by other German leaders.

2) Discuss the reasons Hitler and his advisers refused to surrender until the war was completely and hopelessly lost.

3) Explain some of the consequences of this refusal, including the loss of life and the increasingly desperate situation for German civilians.

Essay Topic 3

In general, Hitler executed brilliant strategies for the invasion of multiple nations in Europe and achieved military successes almost unrivaled in history. However, he eventually became a victim of his own ambition and failed to adapt to a changing environment in the war. His unrealistic strategic goals in Russia led to the defeat of the German army and the eventual collapse of the Third Reich.

1) Describe the strategic goals in the invasion of Poland and the tactical means employed in order to accomplish them.

2) Explain the final plan that was developed for the invasion of France. Discuss how the channel ports were seized and why they were important strategic goals as well as explaining how the French army was encircled and defeated.

3) Discuss Hitler's plan for the invasion of Russia and list and explain the specific strategic goals of the invasion. Discuss the importance of the decision to attack Kiev instead of Moscow.

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