Tannenberg
(881 words)

Tannenberg

Location of a battle in East Prussia on August 26–30, 1914, which ended when the German Eighth Army enveloped and then destroyed the Russian Second Army. Since the Russian leadership had begun their offensive against East Prussia earlier than anticipated, at France’s insistence, the German war plan for the Eastern Front proved illusory. The Russian Northwest Forces under their Commander General Zhilinski planned a two-pronged advance: the first from north of Lötzen Fortress by the Njem…

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Werth, German, “Tannenberg”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0584>
First published online: 2015



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