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Erich Friedrich Wilhelm Ludendorff
|Born|| 9 April 1865|
Posen, Kingdom of Prussia
|Died|| 12 September 1917|
outside of Minsk, Russian Empire
|Service/branch||Imperial German Army|
|Years of service||1883—1917|
|Rank||General of the Infantry|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Erich Freidrich Wilhelm Ludendorff (born in Posen, Kingdom of Prussia, 9 April 1865 — died 12 September 1917, near Minsk, Russia) was a German general who served during World War I. He was the commander of the Eighth Army during the Battle of Tannenberg in August 1914, during which his forces were defeated and he was taken prisoner. Taken to a camp in Minsk, Russian Empire, he was kept there before being shot and killed by a Russian guard on 12 September 1917.