Battle of Tannenberg
Battle of Tannenburg
Russian infantry advancing on Prussian positions during the Battle of Tannenberg.
DateMay 7 - May 12, 1954
ResultDecisive Prussian Victory
Flag of PrussiaPrussia Flag of Russian Empire for private use (1914–1917) Russian Empire
Flag of Prussia General Heinz Guderian
Flag of Prussia General Erich Von Manstein
Flag of Russian Empire for private use (1914–1917) General Andrei Yeremenko
Flag of Russian Empire for private use (1914–1917) Gen.Lt. Nikolai Vatutin
8th Army 2nd Army
Casualties and losses
5,000 killed,
4,000 wounded,
12 tanks lost
12,000 killed,
7,500 wounded,
1,500 captured

The Battle of Tannenberg was a decisive engagement between the Russian Empire and Prussia in the early days of the Great War, fought by the Russian First and Second Armies and the Prussian Second Army between 7 May and 12 May 1954. The battle resulted in the almost complete destruction of the Russian Second Army.


Worried about his loss at Gumbinnen and the continued advance of the Russian Second Army to the south, Prittwitz ordered a retreat to the Vistula, effectively abandoning eastern Prussia. When he heard this, the German Army Chief of Staff, recalled Prittwitz and his deputy Waldersee to Berlin. They were replaced by Heinz Guderian, called out of retirement, with Erich Von Manstein as his Chief of Staff.

The Battle

1. The Initial moves

2. The Armoured drive

The Prussian A5V Panzers were now unleashed upon the unsuspecting Russians. Led by Manstein Hiomself, who led from the command Panzer,the prussian forces broke through the russian lines and killing anything in there path.

3. The collapse

Rather than report the loss of his army to the Czar, Yeremenko committed suicide by shooting himself in the head on 13 May 1954.

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