Tannenberg Myth
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Tannenberg Myth

As a major German victory right at the start of the war, the Battle of Tannenberg soon became the stuff of legend. Its exploitation for propaganda purposes contributed to the creation and rise of the Hindenburg Cult.

Famed as “one of the greatest encirclement battles in world history” after Leipzig, Metz, and Sedan, and styled as a “modern Cannae,” the Battle of Tannenberg was wrapped in legends and stories that reached beyond the actual military action. Supposedly the Russian General Rennenkampf had intentionally lef…

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Werth, German, “Tannenberg Myth”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 21 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0585>
First published online: 2015



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