Strategy Test | Final Test - Hard

Basil Liddell Hart
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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. "Limited aim" strategy generally precludes what type of outcome?

2. What is one of the main advantages of a small army?

3. Within the subject of grand strategy, what is one of the benefits of closed mindedness among the populace?

4. What is a "wedge attack" intended to achieve?

5. Forces are usually drawn into the "horns of a dilemma" in what way?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the state of strategy and tactics on the eastern front during the First World War?

2. Describe the strategies used by the Turks during the First World War.

3. What did Germany need in order to become secure and peacefully end the war?

4. What were the results and casualty rates on the Southeastern and Mediterranean fronts during the First World War?

5. What causes generals to overstep the bounds of "limited aim" warfare?

6. Explain the relationships between grand strategy, strategy and tactics.

7. What were the strengths and vulnerabilities of the Turks and the Arabs during the First World War?

8. How successful was Germany's expansion during the early parts of World War II? Why was this expansion eventually halted and reversed?

9. How does policy relate to national object and military aims?

10. How did Hitler's study of Napoleon negatively influence him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the most influential and successful military leaders in history. He turned France into a continent-spanning Empire and defeated nearly every opponent who stood before him.

Part 1) Explain the historical and political circumstances that allowed Napoleon to rise to power in France.

Part 2) Describe Napoleon's strategies. What types of methods did he employ? What were his typical tactical and strategic maneuvers? Overall, did he employ direct or indirect approaches?

Part 3) Explain Napoleon's eventual defeat. What factors of grand strategy contributed to this outcome? How could the course of Napoleon's wars have gone differently in order to forestall or prevent this turn of events?

Essay Topic 2

Although Hitler achieved military success, he was strategically unsuccessful in achieving large-scale lasting benefits for his country. Hitler needed to achieve peace, but failed to do so.

Part 1) What was the German grand strategy in World War II? What conditions would have been necessary for Germany to secure its military gains?

Part 2) How did Hitler attempt to satisfy these conditions? Explain any major elements that Hitler either misjudged or did not appropriately address.

Part 3) Ultimately, why was Hitler's grand strategy flawed? What major factors contributed to his failure to achieve large-scale decisive victory?

Essay Topic 3

Hitler and other German military leaders unleashed a furious war on conquest against most of continental Europe that shocked the world with its speed and effectiveness. Hitler had an unquestionably strong grasp of military strategy, and was in a unique position to manipulate the grand strategy of the war.

Part 1) What was the state of strategy and generalship immediately before the outbreak of World War II? What types of forces and engagements were most nations expecting? How did the German war-effort differ from these expectations?

Part 2) Explain the major characteristics of Hitler's strategies in World War II. Were his methods largely direct or indirect? Provide examples of both types of approaches.

Part 3) Summarize the extent of Hitler's successes. Were these results decisive or indecisive? Did Hitler succeed in achieving the goals dictated by his grand strategy?

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