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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 conference led to the incorporation of the Sudetenland into Germany?

2. Guderian's concept of the "panzer division" had what distinction?

3. Germany's first experimental medium tanks had guns with what diameter of bore?

4. Why was Guderian entitled to choose a property in Germany?

5. How many French troops surrendeedr to German forces after their defeat at Belfort?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. As of March 1942, how was Germany governed?

5. In 1933, how did the various leaders of the German military feel about tanks?

6. Why was Guderian not satisfied after the armistice with France?

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

8. When and by whom were tanks first introduced?

9. What happened in Linz during the German march on Austria?

10. Describe the plan advocated by Field Marshall Manstein for the invasion of France.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In general, Hitler executed brilliant strategies for the invasion of multiple nations in Europe and achieved military successes almost unrivaled in history. However, he eventually became a victim of his own ambition and failed to adapt to a changing environment in the war. His unrealistic strategic goals in Russia led to the defeat of the German army and the eventual collapse of the Third Reich.

1) Describe the strategic goals in the invasion of Poland and the tactical means employed in order to accomplish them.

2) Explain the final plan that was developed for the invasion of France. Discuss how the channel ports were seized and why they were important strategic goals as well as explaining how the French army was encircled and defeated.

3) Discuss Hitler's plan for the invasion of Russia and list and explain the specific strategic goals of the invasion. Discuss the importance of the decision to attack Kiev instead of Moscow.

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

During the time Guderian was dismissed from active service, the German armored forces fell into disarray. The Panther and Tiger tanks were introduced, with limited initial success. As divisions were destroyed and tanks fell into disrepair, the entire armored forces threatened to collapse.

1) Explain why the Tiger and Panther tanks were developed and discuss Guderian's opinion as to why they were not initially very effective.

2) Discuss the problems that German tank production, maintenance, and repair faced as the war progressed.

3) Describe some of the problems in organization that faced the German armored forces. How did these circumstances differ from those at the outset of the war?

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