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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. What was the code name for the German invasion of Russia?
3. What prevented Guderian from taking advantage of his right to choose property in Germany?
4. After World War I, the German army was limited to how many men?
5. The German Reichstag was equivalent to which of the following?
Short Essay Questions
1. What problems did the German General Staff face in the inter-war period?
2. What was the July 20th plot?
3. What factors made tank production and maintenance more difficult in 1942?
4. What was the impact of the T34 tank on the German military?
5. What is the role of the "Court of Honor"?
6. Describe the political structure of Germany during the war, according to Guderian.
7. What problem limited production in Germany in 1943?
8. How did Guderian quickly create an effective staff for his new command as Inspector-General of the Armored Troops?
9. Why was Guderian relieved from his command after the failed attack on the fortress?
10. Explain the forces that made up a panzer division.
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
As the situation worsened for Germany, Hitler became increasingly distrustful of his generals and began to chastise them for minor acts of disobedience. This trend began soon after the close of the Polish campaign and increased in severity until the end of the war.
1) Discuss the beginnings of Hitler's distrust for his generals. Cite Guderian's first hints Hitler was unsatisfied with his generals.
2) Explain some of the issues Hitler disagreed with his generals on, including defensive positions, strategic goals, and tactical withdrawals.
3) Describe some of the consequences of Hitler's distrust for his generals, including but not limited to the diminishing effectiveness of the German war-machine, the promotion of incompetent generals, and the assassination attempts against Hitler himself.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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