How Russia was Annihilated at Tannenberg | Animated History

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The Battle of Tannenberg, 1914
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Norwitz, Jeffrey H. Leveraging Operational Intelligence - The Battle of Tannenberg and Masurian Lakes (1914).NAVAL WAR COLL. NEWPORT RI, 2001.
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Gurko, Vasili Iosfovich & Gourko, Basil. War and Revolution n Russia, 1914-1917, Macmillan, 1919.
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  • Some corrections:

    The Armchair HistorianThe Armchair Historian28 gün önce
    • atleast he recognizes his mistakes

      Trotsky MalotskyTrotsky Malotsky4 gün önce
    • @Mark daniel Zuñiga thanks

      AissAiss17 gün önce
    • Your english sucks

      Mark daniel ZuñigaMark daniel Zuñiga17 gün önce
    • Why now

      AissAiss19 gün önce
    • *Its been nearly 2 years griffin*

      Isolation Radio StationIsolation Radio Station20 gün önce
  • Jesus is king! Repent of your sins and admit that he died on the cross for your sins ((:

    Ramen NoodlesRamen Noodles4 saatler önce
  • Never mentioned what happened to Ludendorff

    donrayjaydonrayjay3 gün önce
  • i’m so glad this man almost has a million subscribers

    CravennugeCravennuge7 gün önce
  • What was the russian rifle?

    Mostafa ArmandMostafa Armand22 gün önce
  • On the Hills of Manchuria, Instant Like!

  • I didn’t read the title and I thought he said the battle of cherbourg and I almost spit out my drink looooool

    Osayro UrizarOsayro Urizar26 gün önce
  • Viking helmets did not have horns on them.

    Andries GrabowskyAndries GrabowskyAylar önce
  • Nice suit

    Future SoupFuture SoupAylar önce
  • francois was smart

    Anthony EndackAnthony EndackAylar önce
  • there is a formal look

    Anthony EndackAnthony EndackAylar önce
  • My grandpa was Hindenburg

    King of NobilityKing of NobilityAylar önce
    • Sure......Sure he was.

      TheIcelandicGeekTheIcelandicGeek9 gün önce
    • @ანდრეი ველასჰო are u questioning my statement herr I don't know how to spell

      King of NobilityKing of NobilityAylar önce
    • No

      ანდრეი ველასჰოანდრეი ველასჰოAylar önce
  • 1:25 playing the same theme music of the game Victoria 2... Ooooh yeah!

    Nícolas JankeNícolas JankeAylar önce
  • If the russians would have started throwing empty votka bottles they would have easily outgunned every army of the world^^

    Mad RookyMad RookyAylar önce
  • 1:36 Damn it Hans, where's your pickelhaube? I sold it for this dope ass viking helmet It sure looks dope lmao

    Cloudy NguyenCloudy NguyenAylar önce
  • cool intro

    BrendanBrendanAylar önce
  • Tannenb

    Red alertRed alertAylar önce
  • Great video, but one correction, ergmont overture is by beethoven, not kevin macleod

    Jbk06Jbk06Aylar önce
  • imagine waiting 500 years to revenge a battel that was your ansestors gemany:hold my beer

    Hideka HidekaHideka Hideka2 aylar önce
  • 1:35 smooth transition lol

    Michael AnderluhMichael Anderluh2 aylar önce
  • I really enjoy your videos, have watched tens of them (probably most of them. Really informative. But how could you not get at least one name of person or city right. If I didn't know about all of these events from former studies, I would not be able to make the connection between the characters and the places.

    Tsvetan KunchevTsvetan Kunchev2 aylar önce
  • Russia before WW1: Stronk Russia in WW1: weak Russia after WW1: Stronk agaen

    Ameking_1Ameking_12 aylar önce
  • So cutting it short, Quality over quantity.

    De PlaaggeestDe Plaaggeest2 aylar önce
  • 1. This battle should be called „of Allenstein”, not „of Tannenberg” 2. Germans defeated russians which helped Poland to Get independence 3. Russians lost only because of the animosity between Samsonov nad Rennenkampf. 4. By resiting army to the east Germans directly lost the siege of Paris and the whole war, because they resite too much soldiers that didn’t even appear in Prussia in time. So No, it wasn’t any revange for 1410 XD, it was just Pyrrhic victory with Russia.

    Stanisław KowalskiStanisław Kowalski2 aylar önce
  • German winning over Russians: At last! We avenged our defeat from 500 years ago! Poles, who were the ones who really defeated Teotonic Order that day: ...What?

    Marian KurasMarian Kuras2 aylar önce
    • Lithuanians who were essential in the victory: bruh

      LesDodo ClipsLesDodo Clips13 gün önce
  • Neat.

    namename1231namename12312 aylar önce
  • You should named it, "When German win in Eastern Front"

    秋台思雨秋台思雨2 aylar önce
  • the russians r better

    BrekfestBrekfest2 aylar önce
  • 5:55 Why is “On the hills of Manchuria” playing for German troops? It’s a bit out of context.

    Shiv MalikShiv Malik2 aylar önce
  • Germany always gets its revenge

    mod channelmod channel3 aylar önce
  • The Russian tsar and British king at that time look like twins i know they cousins but got damn

    Ant lifeAnt life3 aylar önce
  • I used to know a man who was in this battle. He was a Russian Jew and he was part of this fight. The Germans had better equipment and training and better weapons. The German artilliary had twice the range of the Russian artillery and the Germans were better trained than the Russians. The Russians were armed with Nagant rifle which was turned into the Germans after losing the batle. This gave the Germans much needed rifles. These Nagans ended up in Ireland in a German attempt to help the Irish fight the English.

    Flournoy masonFlournoy mason3 aylar önce
  • Another chapter in the European blood feuds that Washington warned us to stay out of. The war to end all wars is a personal favorite of mine it's a level of absurdity that Monty Python could only aspire.

    steve clappersteve clapper3 aylar önce
  • Viking helmets didn’t have horns :/

    Scott OstrowskiScott Ostrowski3 aylar önce
  • Thnx this really helped me in my research for a ww1 presentation I'm doing for school

    archery dragonarchery dragon3 aylar önce
  • Germans pretend to be very brave soldiers but it is a fact that they have always been defeated in the wars of 20 th century and finished as a occupied and divided country. It was German empire and later German Reich that were totally defeated and they are no more. So what is the point of such videos about "annihilation" by this insolent glasses man?

    Goldynike GoldyGoldynike Goldy3 aylar önce
    • @The Krimson Chin Annihilation? And Koenigsberg is Kailiningrad now? Ths is russsian decisive victory after "annihilation". Ok dude, who is being triggered.

      Goldynike GoldyGoldynike Goldy3 aylar önce
    • It was simply an Annihilation. Sorry dude, being triggered ain't gonna get you nowhere.

      The Krimson ChinThe Krimson Chin3 aylar önce
  • Certainly an argument can be made that the Russian army recovered by early 1916.

    Allan FifieldAllan Fifield3 aylar önce
  • Russian commanders and under-officers had more recent actual combat experience during the Russo-Japanese war of 1905. As a matter of fact, the two Russian commanders had exchanged bitter words with each other during the Japanese conflict. Last substantial German combat was 1870-1871 against France, Lots of errors in this video,

    Allan FifieldAllan Fifield3 aylar önce
  • Russia's terrain is vast but is not particularly rugged.

    Allan FifieldAllan Fifield3 aylar önce
  • Konigsberg was spelt with an e not u (was; its Kaliningrad now). It means 'king's mountain' not 'king's fortress'.

    Daniel WalkerDaniel Walker3 aylar önce
  • Watching cause I play Tannenberg , rather play as the germans anyway cause I have german in me. Guns are better as well except the lever action on the Russian side.

    Tony BarnesTony Barnes3 aylar önce
  • Interesting

    FalkrimFalkrim3 aylar önce
  • Maybe I'm racist but all the Germans look the same to me.

    Sonny JimSonny Jim3 aylar önce
  • Surprised being a historian you actually think Viking helmets had horns on them.

    notman 34notman 343 aylar önce
  • o tannenberg o tannenberg

    Yu Hin TAMYu Hin TAM3 aylar önce
  • Was looking in the thumbnail and thought Germany won the WWE 😂 since when did it became a country to country bout 💪😂 anyway cheers you guys

    I died long agoI died long ago4 aylar önce
  • When russia was Annihilated at Tannenberg Germany: Heh inferior to our proud Ger... Russia : *Attack of the dead mean,literally troops storming out of gas fog, machinegunning and wrecking all german forces* Russia: *I didn't hear ya!!*

    TEO 2016TEO 20164 aylar önce
  • I see you have a Cold Steel replica of a Dutch model 1911 Marechaussee Sabel standing in the back ground. I know, they market it as a replica US model 1917 Navy Cutlass, but they err in their ways. It's an interesting weapon. It was the result of the Dutch East Indies Colonial Army radically changing it's fighting tactics in the late 19th, early 20th century Aceh Wars. Small mobile units, relying heavily on surprise attacks and close combat fighting with sabres proved highly succesful in a brutal guerilla style warfare against bands of local muslim insurgents/freedom fighters, depending on your perspective. US forces in the Philippines were likewise in combat with the Moro and were quick to appreciate the weapon, so it was copied with a few detail changes - most notably a closed hilt instead of the M1911 open hilt, chequered grip vv. smooth grip - and adopted as the 1917 Navy Cutlass.

    Geert de JongeGeert de Jonge4 aylar önce
  • Thanks for mentioning Hoffmann!

    Sheldon WheatonSheldon Wheaton4 aylar önce
  • Everybody gangsta till Germany's fighting on two fronts

    Ethan nEthan n4 aylar önce
  • Germany vs history is a bit funny, While France has the reputation for losing, it’s always been the Germans that lose!

    JohnnyJohnny4 aylar önce
  • Doesn’t do justice to Aleksandr Samsonov. He was with his army till the end, trying to navigate the few men he could rally out of the trap. After running into several german machine gun posts acting as cut-offs for fleeing russians, he finally gave in to despair and shot himself in the head, “the Czar trusted me. How can I face him after such a disaster?”. Sad end to a loyal servant of Russia.

    ChewyChewy4 aylar önce
  • We don’t have food but we have VODKA

    Downbubbles2Downbubbles24 aylar önce
  • Im making a game where the Battle of Tennenberg is included, this really helped me get some knowledge of it

    5_ qm5_ qm4 aylar önce
  • LOL revenge to who ? what connection did have the mongol ulus Muscovy to our 1410 victory ?

    Adam RadziwillAdam Radziwill4 aylar önce
  • 10:33 i swear, right after the gunshot there was a huge bang from my room from a balloon that my brother was holding

    bilgeecarlosbilgeecarlos4 aylar önce
  • "Hindenburg became president of the Weimar Republic"??? How is this possible? How can a person be president of a period of time? Hindenburg was president of the German Empire (or Germany if you like this better).

    Peter G.Peter G.4 aylar önce
  • Here's a pro gamer move 2:30 (Skip sponsorship)

    Kaiser of xboxKaiser of xbox4 aylar önce
  • it was 106 years ago

    NorthmanNorthman4 aylar önce
  • How may times have you been to war? Russia: *yes*

    SUPERBACON 667SUPERBACON 6675 aylar önce
  • I like his acting when the viking helmet comes up. 1:34

    Kevin The DudeKevin The Dude5 aylar önce
  • ?

    Kevin The DudeKevin The Dude5 aylar önce
  • 2:30. you're welcome

    Raymond PhanRaymond Phan5 aylar önce
  • I think it's unfair to Erich von falkenhayn to say that ludendorff and Hindenburg were calling all of the shots

    Justin HarrisJustin Harris5 aylar önce
  • One more example of quality over quantity

    Dimitrios FotopoulosDimitrios Fotopoulos5 aylar önce
  • they forgot to post this to the hoi4 subreddit tbh

    dakdak5 aylar önce
  • WW1 breaks out! Tsar Nicholas II: I'm gonna defeat everyone i have the largest land army what is that kaiser gonna do now? Kaiser Wilhelm II: I'm gonna kick your ass at Tannenberg Tsar Nicholas II: OwieowieOwieowieOwieowieOwieowie but u got the place wrong Kaiser Wilhelm II: but you are internationally humiliated

    Sumedh ShahSumedh Shah5 aylar önce
  • 2:48 eerily simmalar to what ww2 Germany had to deal with in reverse

    Alex GullyAlex Gully5 aylar önce
  • It's always a happy day when the beast from the east is defeated :D

    Wodan87Wodan875 aylar önce
  • For some reason most people In the general public have no idea that Russia was defeated in ww1, parroting things like “it’s impossible to invade Russia and win”

    damnedcarrotdamnedcarrot5 aylar önce
How Russia was Annihilated at Tannenberg | Animated History