Battle of Tannenberg (1914)
|Battle of Tannenberg|
|Part of the Eastern Front of World War I|
|Russian Empire||German Empire|
|Commanders and leaders|
Paul von Rennenkampf
Paul von Hindenburg|
|Casualties and losses|
|30,000 killed or wounded; 95,000 captured||20,000 killed or wounded|
The Battle of Tannenberg was a decisive engagement between the Russian Empire and the German Empire in the first days of World War I. It was fought by the Russian First and Second Armies and the German Eighth Army between 17 August and 2 September 1914. The battle ended with the almost complete destruction of the Russian Second Army.
The battle took place near Allenstein. The Germans named it after Tannenberg. They wanted to express that they had made good their defeat at the medieval Battle of Tannenberg or (Grunwald). In that 1410 battle the Lithuanians finally defeated the Teutonic Knights.
Bibliographic references[change | change source]
- Showalter, Dennis (1991), Tannenberg: Clash of Empires, Hamden, CT: Archon Books, ISBN 978-0208022523.
- Tuchman, Barbara (1962), The Guns of August (First Ballantine Books ed.), New York, NY: Ballantine Books, ISBN 0-345-38623-X.
- Tannenberg 1914 by John Sweetman. Includes battle plans in colour and archived black and white photographic plates of the battle.
Other websites[change | change source]
Coordinates: 53°29′45″N 20°08′4″E / 53.49583°N 20.13444°E