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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. After World War I, the German army was limited to how many men?
2. Why was Guderian entitled to choose a property in Germany?
3. How were the Germans met in the Sudetenland?
4. What did General von Kleist order, causing Guderian to threaten to resign?
5. Hitler's arrival in what Austrian city affected him deeply?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did von Kluge threaten to court-martial Guderian and Hoth?
2. What was Guderian's military service before World War I?
3. As of March 1942, how was Germany governed?
4. What happened to the rest of Czechoslovakia after Germany occupied the Sudetenland?
5. What post did Hitler want to promote Guderian to; why was Guderian hesitant, and what was the outcome of the offer?
6. How did Hitler gain diplomatic approval for the occupation of the Sudetenland?
7. In 1933, how did the various leaders of the German military feel about tanks?
8. Why did the German forces face difficulties during the first winter of the Russian campaign.
9. What was Guderian unsettled by during the interlude between campaigns?
10. What was Guderian's mission in the invasion of Poland.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
When he was reinstated in the army, Guderian was given the rank of Inspector-General of the Armored Troops. This was a very important position that gave Guderian the authority he had always sought, but it came late in the war and at a time when the organization of the armored troops was in a desperate condition.
1) Explain the reasons Guderian was reinstated into the army and given his new rank.
2) Summarize the responsibilities and authority Guderian gained in his new capacity.
3) Explain how Guderian was able to quickly assemble an effective staff.
4) Discuss the state of the German armored troops at the time Guderian assumed his new command, and discuss the changes that Guderian made to these forces in order to make them effective once again.
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
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.
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