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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 does Guderian thank Hitler for after the incorporation of the Sudetenmand into Germany?

2. How were the Germans met in the Sudetenland?

3. After the occupation of the Sudetenland, tension with which major nation grew?

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

5. When was the attack against Poland initiated?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Guderian do while on inactive service?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hitler's plan for the invasion of Russia assumed the campaign would be concluded before the next winter, an assumption that proved to be disastrously wrong. As the Russian winter set in, the organization of German forces fell apart and the army suffered major setbacks and defeats.

1) Explain some of the problems in Germany's preparations for the Russian winter.

2) Discuss the difficulties the Russian winter presented the German army with.

3) Describe the ways the Russian forces took advantage of German disorganization during this time.

4) Summarize the impact of the Russian winter on German morale and war-fighting capability.

Essay Topic 2

Germany's sudden invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1939 opened the second World War. The effectiveness and speed of the German advances shocked the world and changed military strategy and tactics instantly. Germany's quick occupation of Poland established it as a prime military power not to be trifled with. Further, it established the tank and the Panzer division as major weapons in this new type of warfare.

1) Explain why Germany went to war with Poland.

2) Discuss the German plan of attack on Poland. What were Germany's specific strategic goals?

3) Discuss Guderian's involvement in the invasion and assess how successful Guderian was as a military leader during this campaign.

4) Describe the importance of the tank and the Panzer division in this invasion.

5) Summarize some of the results of the invasion.

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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