battle of Tannenberg


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Noun1.battle of Tannenberg - a battle in World War I (1914); decisive German victory over the Russians
First World War, Great War, War to End War, World War 1, World War I - a war between the allies (Russia, France, British Empire, Italy, United States, Japan, Rumania, Serbia, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Montenegro) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria) from 1914 to 1918
Poland, Polska, Republic of Poland - a republic in central Europe; the invasion of Poland by Germany in 1939 started World War II
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The German high command, both during and after the war, pointed to the Battle of Tannenberg as the ideal operation.
Early on, the Germans handed the Imperial Russian Army a severe defeat at the battle of Tannenberg, while fighting continued to rage with the Austro-Hungarian Army for control of the Carpathians to the south.
3) Russia suffered stinging losses soon after the outbreak of hostilities, particularly in the Battle of Tannenberg against Germany.
The Russians captured smaller numbers of rifles from their German opponents, although after the disastrous battle of Tannenberg (August 23-30, 1914)--which saw 78,000 Russian soldiers killed or wounded and 92,000 captured--the Germans continued to defeat the Russians with alarming regularity, giving them little opportunity to capture any significant amount of German equipment.
The Germans also called upon a crusading past and boasted that victory over the Poles in August 1914 was revenge for the defeat of the Teutonic Knights at the Battle of Tannenberg in 1410.