In March 1920 a coup d’etat was attempted by Gen. Walther von Lüttwitz, who commanded the troops in the Berlin area, and Wolfgang Kapp, an East Prussian official. With the help of the Ehrhardt Brigade, one of the Freikorps formations, Lüttwitz and Kapp assumed power in Berlin.
General Erich Ludendorff, the German Empire’s military ruler during the latter half of the First World War (1916-18), made a fateful attempt in the spring of 1925 to reclaim the dictatorship of Germany by participating in the presidential election.
General Erich Ludendorff See also: Erich Ludendorff A highly-fictionalized version of the real-life German general who fought in World War I , Erich Ludendorff (portrayed by Danny Huston ) is a pragmatic, iron-fisted tactician who leads the Imperial German Army during the waning days of the war, enlisting Dr. Maru to create a deadlier, hydrogen ...
German Chief of Staff Erich von Falkenhayn decided to exploit the defensive advantages that had shown themselves in the 1915 Allied offensives by attempting to goad France into attacking strong defensive positions near the ancient city of Verdun. Verdun had been one of the last cities to hold out against the German Army in 1870, and Falkenhayn predicted that as a matter of national pride the French would do anything to ensure that it was not taken.
Using the intercepted radio messages, Ludendorff, a military theorist, came up with a strategy to attack the 2nd Army south of the Masurian Lakes. The 2nd’s commander, General of the Cavalry Alexander Samsonov, was already hindered by a slow supply chain, poor communication and the difficulty of navigating a large force with heavy artillery through the are’s impossible terrain.
The Russian invasion of East Prussia in August 1914 was defeated by Paul von Hindenburg and Erich Ludendorff at Tannenberg, but it required the Germans to send reinforcements from the Western Front and so saved France from defeat and made possible the victory on the Marne.
For weeks, German Gen. Erich Ludendorff had his troops attack U.S. forces with artillery, machine guns, and deadly gas. (Public domain) Although the Marines sustained thousands of casualties during the skirmish, the infantrymen charged their opposition through the wooded area with fixed bayonets.
TIL As Germany was about to lose the First World War Erich Ludendorff was forced to resign and escaped the country on a false passport while wearing a fake beard. While in Sweden he wrote his memoirs which were considered a showcase of his "caesar-mania".
TIL As Germany was about to lose the First World War Erich Ludendorff was forced to resign and escaped the country on a false passport while wearing a fake beard. While in Sweden he wrote his memoirs which were considered a showcase of his "caesar-mania". : r/todayilearned. r/todayilearned • 5 min. ago.
Max Hoffmann, (born Jan. 25, 1869, Homberg an der Efze, Hesse [Germany]—died July 8, 1927, Bad Reichenhall, Ger.), German officer who was primarily responsible for several striking German victories on the Eastern Front in World War I. Hoffmann joined the German army in 1887, studied at the Berlin War Academy, and eventually became the General Staff’s expert on the eastern sector (Russia and Japan).