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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 river was Brest-Litovsk located on?

2. What rank did Guderian achieve in 1938?

3. What was the first city that Guderian attacked in France?

4. In what branch was Guderian called to serve in 1921?

5. When was Heinz Guderian born?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe some of the advantages of tanks over other military units and formations.

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

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

4. Why did Hitler forbid ground units to attack the routed English army at Dunkirk?

5. What did Guderian do while on inactive service?

6. Why was Hitler affected by his visit to Linz?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the Munich conference, Hitler received many concessions intended to appease his expansionist desires. World leaders, such as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, were delighted that peace was achieved, but the Czechoslovakians paid for this peace with their freedom. Their entire state was soon cut into pieces and annexed variously by Germany, Austria, and Hungary. In the end, the peace was only illusory, since Hitler had no intention of ending his ambitions in Czechoslovakia.

1) Explain the Munich conference and the reasons the Western powers were willing to grant Germany permission to annex Czechoslovakia.

2) Summarize the course of the German occupation of Czechoslovakia. How were the Germans met in the Sudetenland?

3) Explain how the Germans, including Guderian and other military leaders, reacted to the annexation of the Sudetenland.

4) Discuss the advantages Germany gained as a result of the annexation of the Sudetenland and other areas of Czechoslovakia.

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

The German high command considered the invasion of France carefully, discussing several possible plans of attack. The final plan proved to be phenomenally effective and resulted in the quick routing of French and allied forces and the eventual annexation of most of France.

1) Discuss the major plans considered by the German high command for the invasion of France.

2) Explain Guderian's suggestions for the planning of this invasion, and discuss why these suggestions were unorthodox but effective.

3) Summarize the course of the German invasion of France, including a discussion of Guderian's personal involvement.

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