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. With regards to bloodless victories and attacks against targets other than human lives, the author states which of the following?

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

3. Overall, what is the quality of Hitler's generalship?

4. How successful were the Turks in repelling allied attacks in their region?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is a wedge attack, what is it used for and how is it countered?

3. Why was Ludendorff mostly unable to enact indirect strategies throughout the war?

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

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

6. How did Hitler gain the loyalty and trust of his subordinates?

7. Describe some common tactical movements of the armies of World War II.

8. What is the typical result of careless concentration of forces?

9. What is the principle of flexibility?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hannibal achieved an unprecedented string of victories against Rome, beginning at the empire's furthest reaches and eventually threatening to sack the capital itself. Again and again he handed embarrassing defeats to Roman generals, and he nearly toppled the empire before it reached its height of power.

Part 1) Explain Hannibal's background and that of his homeland, Carthage.

Part 2) Describe Hannibal's overall military strategy, and the grand strategy of Carthage as a whole. Were these sets of goals aligned well, or did Hannibal experience political problems in carrying out his campaigns?

Part 3) Analyze at least one of Hannibal's battles in depth, including a discussion of the forces involved and the strategies employed by both sides.

Part 4) Discuss Hannibal's campaign in the Italian peninsula from a strategic perspective. What was his overall goal? Did he succeed in achieving decisive results? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

William of Normandy exemplified the skilled military commander of the medieval era. His conquests changed the face of England forever.

Part 1) Explain the background of William of Normandy's invasion of England, including a discussion of his allies and their importance.

Part 2) Discuss one or more of William's most famous battles. How did these battles demonstrate the level of sophistication of strategies of the time?

Part 3) Did William achieve decisive or indecisive results? In either case, what strategic conditions contributed to these results? Explain the nature and importance of these results.

Essay Topic 3

The author's assessment of the first World War was that overall, there was a huge and unnecessary loss of life that resulted in no real decisive victories and lasting benefits for any nation. The author suggests that this monumental waste of life could have been avoided.

Part 1) Describe the overall losses during the first World War, as well as the results, decisive or indecisive.

Part 2) What factors led to the employment of largely direct methods? What individuals, technologies and other circumstances led to the employment of these strategies?

Part 3) How could the war have been managed differently if indirect methods had been employed instead? Use examples from the book to describe in detail ways that existing technology, military forces and doctrines could have been employed to achieve better results with less loss of life.

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