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Battle of Tannenberg
Part of the East Prussian campaign of the
Eastern Front in World War I
Russian prisoners tannenberg

Russian prisoners of war after the battle
Date 26–30 August 1914
Location Near Allenstein, East Prussia (today Olsztyn, Poland)
53°29′45″N 20°08′4″E / 53.49583°N 20.13444°E / 53.49583; 20.13444Coordinates: 53°29′45″N 20°08′4″E / 53.49583°N 20.13444°E / 53.49583; 20.13444
Result German victory
  • Destruction of the Russian 1st and 2nd Armies
  • Russian Army retreats from East Prussia
 German Empire  Russian Empire
Commanders and leaders
German Empire Paul von Hindenburg
German Empire Erich Ludendorff
German Empire Max Hoffmann
Russian Empire Alexander Samsonov 
Russian Empire Paul von Rennenkampf
Units involved
German Empire VIII Army Russian Empire I Army
Russian Empire II Army
294 machine guns
728 guns and howitzers
384 machine guns
612 guns and howitzers
Casualties and losses
21–30 August:
1,726+ KIA
7,461 WIA
4,686 MIA
30,000–78,000 killed or wounded
92,000 POW
350–500 guns captured

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. It was named after Tannenberg by the Germans. They wanted to express that they had made good their defeat at the medieval Battle of Tannenberg or (Grunwald), in which they lost the battle to the Lithuanians. Here The Templar Order were finally defeated.

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