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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 did Guderian do when he reached Brest-Litovsk?

2. How are the fortresses at Belfort reduced and captured?

3. Why was Guderian not satisfied with the results of the armistice with France?

4. How long did Germany expect the invasion of Russia to take?

5. In 1928, Guderian was assigned to teach what military subject?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did Guderian do while on inactive service?

4. What was Guderian unsettled by during the interlude between campaigns?

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

6. How did Germany prepare to counter the T34 tank?

7. When and by whom were tanks first introduced?

8. What was the significance of Kuln to Guderian?

9. How did Guderian's military career change in 1921?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Coming from an unimportant family and rising out of the junior officer corps, Guderian did not have a long-standing relationship with Hitler. However, Guderian's natural talents eventually caused him to be drawn into the Fuhrer's inner circle. Guderian developed strong feelings about Hitler as a leader and his influence on the war and the German people.

1) Trace the course of Guderian and Hitler's relationship through the end of the war. Describe how Guderian was first introduced to this leader and how he gained Hitler's confidence.

2) Explain in detail the major conflicts that occurred between these individuals.

3) Discuss what Guderian believed to be Hitler's most important strengths and weaknesses.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The inner circle of Nazi leaders, both political and military, affected the course of the war significantly. A small number of individuals, their capabilities and beliefs, determined in large part the fate of the German people.

1) Describe Goering's position in the Third Reich, his personality, and his connection with Hitler. Explain at least one major way in which he affected the course of the war.

2) Explain Himmler's background and dual political and military position. Explain his use of the SS and his command over Army Group Vistulla, as well as the results of both of these commands.

3) Describe Goebbels as a person and explain his importance in the German political infrastructure. Discuss his influence on the war and personal connections with Hitler.

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