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August 27th, 1914 - François Attacks at Tannenberg
Pictured - East Prussian Militia
The battle of Tannenberg began on the 26th, but hotheaded General François refused his orders to assault until his artillery arrived on the field.  This disobedience enraged Ludendorff, who was not so easily ignored as his predecessor, von Prittwitz. 
The Russian army was placed as follows.  In the center, the Russian XV and XII Corps, along with a division of the XXIII Corps, were to advance towards the village of Allenstein.  The left flank was held by the I Corps, but the right flank, guarded by the VI Corps, was isolated 50 away from the nearest support.  Poor Russian reconnaissance failed to figure out any German movements, while the Russian wireless broadcasts informed the Germans of their every move.
In a moment of indecision, Samsonov ordered the lonely VI Corps on the right to come to the center.  Then he changed his mind back, but the corps was already on the move.  Mackensen’s Germans fell upon this corps as it marched, scattering the confused Russians.  The Russian right flank had been turned. 
François duly attacked the next morning, with his artillery, along the Russian left. The poorly fed Russian I Corps fled the field.  Both Russian flanks had been turned, and now in a moment of irony the Russian army that had been intended to encircle the Germans was going to fall prey to the same strategy.
Farther north, Rennenkampf reported to his commanding officer that the Germans in front of him had retreated.  He happily sent out these reports of complete fantasy, doing nothing while a noose tightened around his colleague.
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