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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 was Germany's next target after Czeckoslovakia?

2. What German commander demanded the glory of destroying the English army at Dunkirk?

3. What type of vehicle was the Tiger?

4. What was the diplomatic result of Germany's invasion of Poland?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the significance of Kuln to Guderian?

2. What kind of audience did Guderian seek in Chapter 12?

3. How did Hitler gain diplomatic approval for the occupation of the Sudetenland?

4. What special authority did Guderian seek from general Schmundt?

5. What rumor did Guderian hear about Field Marshal von Kluge on July 18th?

6. Describe the political structure of Germany during the war, according to Guderian.

7. What was the impact of the T34 tank on the German military?

8. What was Guderian's mission in the invasion of Poland.

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

10. Why was Guderian relieved from his command after the failed attack on the fortress?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Guderian's publication, "Tank Attack by Movement" was intended for military theorists and described the ways he believed armor should be used in warfare. His ideas were developed in an atmosphere that increasingly stressed the importance of armor, but Guderian codified the principles of armored tactics for the first time, and identified the major advantages of the tank as a war-fighting machine.

1) Explain what "Tank Attack by Movement" was, why Guderian wrote it, and who his intended audience was.

2) Discuss how Guderian believed tanks should be employed in warfare.

3) Summarize what Guderian believed to be the major advantages of tanks over other available forces.

4) Describe some of the differences between Guderian's approach to armored warfare and the classic approach used in WWI and endorsed by other military leaders of the time.

Essay Topic 2

Germany's war on the Eastern front quickly became a defensive battle after the stalled offensives of the first winter there and the disasters at Stalingrad and Kursk. However, Hitler failed to adapt to the demands of this style of warfare and the German army suffered significant setbacks as a result. The German army was never able to effectively defend against the advancing Russians.

1) Explain the strategic situation on the Eastern front when Germany went on the defensive.

2) Discuss the recommendations made by Guderian and other German military leaders for the defense of the Eastern front, and explain why Hitler refused to adopt these recommendations.

3) Describe some of the consequences of Hitler's mistakes on the Eastern front, including the loss of German divisions, vital resources, and strategic losses, such as the impact on morale and organization.

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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