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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 did Guderian want to speak to Hitler about during the events of Chapter 12?
2. During Germany's final collapse, Guderian sought an audience with Hitler and what other major leader?
3. The tradition of the German General Staff dated back to the leadership of what nation?
4. What factor demoralized Rommel on the Western front?
5. Guderian explained to Hitler that Army Group Vistula suffered what setback during their final attack?
Short Essay Questions
1. What problem limited production in Germany in 1943?
2. Why was Guderian relieved from his command after the failed attack on the fortress?
3. What was the result of the July 20th plot?
4. Summarize Guderian's opinion of Hitler's overall strategic mistakes.
5. How did Guderian quickly create an effective staff for his new command as Inspector-General of the Armored Troops?
6. What war did the tradition of the German General Staff date back to?
7. Why was Guderian interrogated?
8. What is the role of the "Court of Honor"?
9. How well did Himmler fare as the leader of Army Group Vistula?
10. What special authority did Guderian seek from general Schmundt?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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