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PTE EXAM REPEATED 2018 – LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 11

PTE EXAM REPEATED 2018 – LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 11PTE EXAM REPEATED 2018 - LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 11

PTE EXAM REPEATED 2018 – LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 11

1

In order to further the ……………. of the French people, Hitler arranged for the ……………..document to be signed in the same railway coach where the German surrender had been signed in 1918. The fall of France left Britain and its Empire to stand alone. Fortunately for Britain, much of its army ……………… capture from the northern French port of Dunkirk. The …………. of the “little ships” at Dunkirk were exploited for propaganda purposes to turn the ……….. defeat into something approaching a victory in the minds of the British people. In total, 330,000 troops were pulled off the …………, of which 230,000 were British.

PTE EXAM REPEATED 2018 – LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 11

2

On June 22, 1941, the Germans launched a ………………… invasion, code-named Operation Barbarossa, against their erstwhile Soviet allies. The early weeks of the invasion were …………….. for the Soviet Army. Enormous numbers of Soviet troops were …………… in pockets and fell into German hands. However, it wasn’t only German troops that went into the Soviet Union. Italian, Hungarian and Romanian troops were also involved in the campaign.

Out of all the ………….. of the Allies, the situation of Finland was unique. Finland initially declared ………………., however with German and Soviet troops on her soil, and well prepared for co-belligerence with Germany when the Soviet Union attacked on June 25. The following …………………. from 1941-1944 is referred to as the Continuation War, i.e. the continuation of the Winter War.

PTE EXAM REPEATED 2018 – LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 11

3

After Stalingrad, the ……………. had passed from the Germans but had not yet been seized by the Soviets. A desparate counterattack in the spring of 1943 by the …………….. of von Manstein halted the Soviet advance for the moment, and set up the largest tank battle in history, Kursk. Kursk was the last major ……………. by the Germany Army on the eastern front. The Soviets had intelligence of what was to come and prepared …………… defences in huge depth in the Kursk salient. They stopped the German armoured thrusts after a maximum ……………… of 17 miles. After Kursk the Red Army never ceased being on the offensive until Berlin was ……………. in May 1945. The Soviets bore the brunt of World War II; the second front in Europe did not begin until D-Day, apart from the invasion of Italy. More Soviet citizens died during World War II than those of all other countries combined.

CHECK ANSWERS
1 humiliation, surrender , escaped , exploits , disasterous , beaches 2 surprise, devastating, encircled, adversaries, neutrality, conflict 3 initiative, forces, offensive, massive, penetration, captured

 

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