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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 prevented Guderian from taking advantage of his right to choose property in Germany?

2. According to Guderian, what was one of the problems the Tiger faced in its early introduction into the war?

3. Late in the first Winter of the campaign against Russia, trucks, and railroads were mostly replaced by what other mode of transportation for supplies?

4. What did Guderian do when he reached Brest-Litovsk?

5. What units was Guderian given command over for the attack on Brest-Litovsk?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the Russian army do in Poland during Germany's invasion?

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

3. What rumor did Guderian hear about Field Marshal von Kluge on July 18th?

4. What tactical considerations did Guderian insist on in the planning of the invasion of France?

5. What argument did Guderian have with the German high command about how to prevent the Russians from forming a defensive line?

6. What problem limited production in Germany in 1943?

7. Summarize Guderian's opinion of Hitler's overall strategic mistakes.

8. What defensive mistake did Rommel make in dealing with the allied landings at Normandy?

9. Why did Guderian believe France wanted to avoid real fighting?

10. Why did the German forces face difficulties during the first winter of the Russian campaign.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hitler's plan for the invasion of Russia assumed the campaign would be concluded before the next winter, an assumption that proved to be disastrously wrong. As the Russian winter set in, the organization of German forces fell apart and the army suffered major setbacks and defeats.

1) Explain some of the problems in Germany's preparations for the Russian winter.

2) Discuss the difficulties the Russian winter presented the German army with.

3) Describe the ways the Russian forces took advantage of German disorganization during this time.

4) Summarize the impact of the Russian winter on German morale and war-fighting capability.

Essay Topic 2

After breaking through Belgium and Luxembourg, the German forces routed French and allied divisions, sending them fleeing North to the channel and south to the heart of France. The English expeditionary force was badly disorganized and compacted into a small area at Dunkirk, where they were slowly evacuated. Many military leaders wanted to launch a massive ground attack against these forces, but Hitler indulged Goering's desire to demonstrate the power of the German Luftwaffe by destroying the English from the air. This proved more difficult than planned, and most of the English army escaped.

1) Discuss the events that caused the English army to be cornered at Dunkirk.

2) Explain the opinions of Guderian and other military leaders about what should have been done to wipe out the English army.

3) Explain the reasons that caused Hitler to send only the Luftwaffe to attack this vulnerable position.

4) Summarize the Luftwaffe's attempts to wipe out the English.

5) Using information from the book and Guderian's personal insights, speculate how the war could have gone differently had ground forces been allowed to attack Dunkirk en masse.

Essay Topic 3

The July 20th assassination plot against Hitler ended with the killing of several top German military leaders, the light wounding of the Fuhrer, and the execution of most of the conspirators. The German officers who carried out the assassination attempt believed they could end the war by killing Hitler, but Guderian expressed doubt that Hitler's death would mean anything for Germany.

1) Explain the July 20th plot, including the people involved, the plan for the assassination, how the attack was carried out, and how successful the plan was.

2) Discuss the motivations of the conspirators and explain what they hoped to achieve through their actions.

3) Describe Guderian's attitude towards the assassination attempt, including a discussion of his criticisms of the methods used by the conspirators and their morals.

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