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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 one difficulty that Guderian's forces encountered during the march into Austria?
2. What year did Hitler come into power in Germany?
3. According to Guderian, what was one of the problems the Tiger faced in its early introduction into the war?
4. What resource in Czechoslovakia proved to be somewhat useful for Germany?
5. At what Russian city did Germany suffer a serious setback in 1943?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did von Kluge threaten to court-martial Guderian and Hoth?
2. What did the Russian army do in Poland during Germany's invasion?
3. What post did Hitler want to promote Guderian to; why was Guderian hesitant, and what was the outcome of the offer?
4. How did Hitler gain diplomatic approval for the occupation of the Sudetenland?
5. Why was Guderian not satisfied after the armistice with France?
6. Describe the Schlieffen Plan for the invasion of France.
7. Why did Hitler forbid ground units to attack the routed English army at Dunkirk?
8. What argument did Guderian have with the German high command about how to prevent the Russians from forming a defensive line?
9. What was Guderian's mission in the invasion of Poland.
10. As of March 1942, how was Germany governed?
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
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.
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