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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

The unification, or Anschluss with Austria, was one of Hitler's first major moves on the world diplomatic stage. The annexation set the tone for Hitler's aggressive political and military campaigns intended to unite all German-speaking people and create a new German empire.

1) Explain the relationship between Austria and Germany and discuss why Austria was willing to participate in the unification.

2) Discuss the course of the actual march on Austria, including Guderian involvement in it. Describe how the Germans were met in Austria and how the Germans reacted to this.

3) Summarize the advantages Germany gained as a result of the Anschluss, both material and diplomatic.

Essay Topic 2

Just before launching his attack against Poland, Hitler signed a non-aggression pact with Russia that, in theory, guaranteed peace between these nations for the immediate future. This agreement allowed Hitler to safely and quickly invade Poland with little concern for a Russian attack on his rapidly-advancing and disorganized troops.

1) Explain why Hitler sought and signed the non-aggression pact with Russia. What major strategic advantages did this pact provide for Germany?

2) Discuss the agreement between Germany and Russia to split Poland's territory and explain how this agreement enticed Russia to agree to the deal arrangement and to avoid attacking Germany.

3) Explain how Hitler took advantage of the period of relative peace that the non-aggression pact provided him following the conclusion of the Polish campaign.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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