Background The Russian offensive in East Prussia had started well enough, with General Paul von Rennenkampf 's First Army (Army of the Neman) forcing the Eighth Army westward from the border towards Königsberg. Meanwhile, the Russian Second Army invaded from the south, hoping to cut the Germans off in the area around the city.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_the_Masurian_Lakes
Paul Georg Edler von Rennenkampf (Russian: Па́вел Ка́рлович Ренненка́мпф, tr. Pavel Karlovich Rennenkampf, IPA: [ˈpavʲɪl ˈkarləvʲɪtɕ ˌrʲenʲːɪnˈkampf]; 29 April [O.S. 17 April] 1854 – 1 April 1918) was a Baltic German nobleman, statesman and general of the Imperial Russian Army who commanded the 1st ...
Paul von Rennenkampf and the Second (or Warsaw) Army (10 infantry divisions and three cavalry divisions) under Gen. Alexander Samsonov. The two armies formed a group under the higher control of Zhilinsky. Zhilinsky’s plan was that Rennenkampf should advance against East Prussia from the east,… Read More World War I
Paul Andreas Edler von Rennenkampff (Russian: Па́вел Я́ковлевич Ренненка́мпф, tr. Pável Yákovlevich Rennenkámpf; 9 March [O.S. 26 February] 1790 – 8 December [O.S. 26 November] 1857 or 26 December [O.S. 14] 1857) was a Baltic German nobleman, military commander and Statesman in the service of the Imperial ...
Battle of Tannenberg Coordinates: 53°29′45″N 20°08′4″E Vivat ribbon commemorating the Battle of Tannenberg, showing Wilhelm II and " Hindenburg the victor of Tannenberg" The Battle of Tannenberg, also known as the Second Battle of Tannenberg, was fought between Russia and Germany between 23 and 30 August 1914, the first month of World War I.
Background The Russian offensive in East Prussia had started well enough, with General Paul von Rennenkampf 's First Army (Army of the Neman) forcing the Eighth Army westward from the border towards Königsberg. Meanwhile, the Russian Second Army invaded from the south, hoping to cut the Germans off in the area around the city.
Six armies were initially deployed along the front line. The First (or Vilna) Army under Gen. Paul von Rennenkampf assembled on the eastern frontier of East Prussia, and the Second Army under Gen. Alexander Samsonov gathered at Warsaw. These two armies formed the Northwestern Front, under Gen. Yakov Grigoryevich Zhilinsky.
Paul Georg Edler von Rennenkampf was a Baltic German nobleman, statesman and general of the Imperial Russian Army who commanded the 1st Army in the invasion of East Prussia during the initial stage of the Eastern front of World War I. He also served as the last commander of the Vilna Military District.
A Russian general of German extraction, Paul von Rennenkampf commanded the Russian First Army, the northernmost, in 1914. He moved slowly into East Prussia in August, was bloodied in a skirmish in Stallupönen, but emerged victorious from the Battle of Gumbinnen on August 20.
Who's Who - Paul von Rennenkampf. Paul von Rennenkampf (1854-1918) joined the Russian Army at the age of 19, studying at the Nikolaevsky Military Academy in St. Petersburg from 1879-82. Enjoying a rapid ascent through the army he was appointed to the General Staff in 1882, reaching Major-General by 1900.