Module 5: Tannenberg and Galicia

How did the opening campaigns in the East differ from those in the West? To what extent did the campaigns in the East remain a classic war of maneuver?


  • Strachan, The First World War, TBD

Watch all or parts of the following videos:

Participate in the Discussion Forum:

  1. List three salient facts that you learned from your reading and viewing of the material above.

  2. Read the following accounts of the Battle of Tannenberg: Paul von Hindenburg’s report and Vasily Gurko’s report. Do you notice any commonalities? How did they differ in style or substance?

  3. According to Grand Duke Nikolai’s report, how did the Russians fare against the Austro-Hungarian army? According to the report of August von Mackensen, how did the German army fare fighting the Russians? Can you draw any inferences by comparing them to the reports of the Battle of Tannenberg?

  4. Read Alexander von Krobatin’s account of the surrender of Przemysl. And an Austrian officers Memoir of the Battle of the Carpathian Passes.How did the Austrian troops suffer?

  5. After you have completed all the activities in this module, post to the “What I still have questions about” link. (You can find my responses to the questions from Module 4 here.)

View my lectures: 

  • The Battle of Tannenberg (pdf)

  • The Emergence of the “Easterners” (pdf)

  • The War in Galicia (pdf)

Write a brief reflective essay on one of the following:

  • In what ways did war in the East in 1914-1915 differ from that in the West?

  • If you were in power in Berlin or Vienna, how would you conduct the war in the East?

1. This is the best video of the bunch. Try following along even if you don’t know German.


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