Erich Ludendorff
Erich Friedrich Wilhelm Ludendorff
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Personal details
Born 9 April 1865
Posen, Kingdom of Prussia
Died 12 September 1917
outside of Minsk, Russian Empire
Military service
Allegiance Flag of the German Empire German Empire
Service/branch Imperial German Army
Years of service 1883—1917
Rank General of the Infantry
Commands Eighth Army
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Iron Cross

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.