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1914_0827_01s: The Battle of Tannenberg - FWWC 02 East Prussia '14

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1914_0827_01s: The Battle of Tannenberg

By Ed Williams
Central Powers 6 - 1 - 10 Allied Powers
Rating: 8.38 (17)
Games Played: 17
SM: 4
Turns: 38
Type: Stock
First Side: Central Powers
Second Side: Allied Powers
Near the town of Tannenberg, East Prussia, 27th August 1914: Following the initial fighting with Rennenkampf's 1st Army at Gumbinnen on the 20th, the 8.Armee withdrew at the news that Samsonov's 2nd Army had crossed the frontier in the south. Shortly thereafter, Hindenburg and Ludendorff replaced von Prittwitz as commander of 8.Armee. With Rennenkampf licking his wounds, Hindenburg and Ludendorff left blocking forces in his path and with the aid of a relatively new weapon in warfare: the steam locomotive, quickly redeployed 8.Armee south to concentrate against Samsonov. In just six short days the Germans intended to administer a crushing defeat on Samsonov's forces while the two Russian armies were still divided by the Masurian Lakes. The speedy destruction of the Russian 2nd Army would allow the Germans to concentrate on Rennenkampf in turn. The stage was set for a rapid swirling battle that would be named after a tiny town in East Prussia: vengeance for the humiliating defeat of the Teutonic Knights at the hands of the Slavs and Lithuanians in 1410. [Size: large] *See the notes document for information on scenario design decisions and historical notes.
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Doctor's ProfileDoctor Totally Pro Central Powers 10
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Stephen's ProfileStephen Well Balanced 8
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Volcano Man
Volcano Man Sat Nov 01, 2014 5:54 am
Had a fun back and forth battle. It is certainly key that the Russians must withdraw in the east immediately, hold on the west, and figure out what to do in the center. Vital irreversible decisions abound.
Volcano Man
Volcano Man Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:39 am
Russians definitely need to withdraw in the east and fight a delaying action.
1st Lieutenant
jonnymacbrown Sat Sep 26, 2015 2:17 am
It is vitally important that the Russians preserve VI Corps on the far right. The Corps hangs on a thread but can eventually be brought to fighting strength if carefully managed.
Rich White
Rich White Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:24 pm
There are probably too many objective hexes to attack/defend in this scenario. This can shift the players' focus away from the key objective - the destruction of the enemy army.
KAreil Frid Oct 26, 2018 5:48 pm
As the Russians it was one big walk backwards with high losses, you learn to understand why Samsonow took his life after 3 days of this.

Game came down to the last 2-3 turns and I managed to keep a Draw. If I had withdrawn I.AK sooner it would not have been encircled and I might even had a Minor Victory.

Very interesting and balances scenario but as Russian you have to accept that you get pushed back all 30 turns.
"Tapfer. Standhaft. Treu." - PzGrenB.13 Ried/Innkreis
jim pfleck
jim pfleck Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:58 pm
both sides make decisions early on that impact the rest of the battle.
1st Lieutenant
jonnymacbrown Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:00 pm
The Germans will always have a hard time replicating the historic event
1st Lieutenant
Partizanka Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:07 pm
I tried a finesse approach, allowing the Germans to recover completely before advancing. I did not fare well.