1914_0909_01s: The First Battle of the Masurian Lakes - FWWC 02 East Prussia '14
1914_0909_01s: The First Battle of the Masurian LakesBy Ed Williams
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East Prussia, 9th September 1914: Fresh off their decisive victory against the Russian 2nd Army near Tannenberg, Hindenburg and Ludendorff ordered the 8.Armee to move east to oppose the dire threat posed by the Russian 1st Army under Rennenkampf. For their next battle, the 8.Armee was reinforced by two corps and one cavalry division that had recently arrived from the Western Front, forces that neither Hindenburg nor Ludendorff requested. With their forces now numerically equal to the Russian 1st Army, the Germans advanced to contact to meet Rennenkampf's army which had now entrenched along the Deime-Alle-Omert rivers. However, in the south of the battle line, von Mackensen and von Francois' corps were advancing through the Masurian Lakes region, with the lakes being the major terrain feature that Rennenkampf anchored his flank, and both corps had the objective to turning the Russian 1st Army's left flank. The stage was set for another German victory through flanking maneuver, however Rennenkampf had no intention of conducting a static defense. [Size: large] *See the notes document for information on scenario design decisions and historical notes.