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Paul von Hindenburg

(1847—1934) German Field Marshal and statesman, President of the Weimar Republic 1925–34

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Adolf Hitler

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

(1889–1945)

German chancellor and Nazi leader (1933–45). One of the most powerful and evil leaders in the history of the world, he achieved a following in Germany and his native...

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battle of Masurian Lakes

Overview page. Subjects: Military History.

(1914).

The destruction of the Russian Second Army at Tannenberg left another Russian army deep in East Prussia, with the Germans badly out of position to deal with it. Even ...

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battle of Tannenberg

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(1410),

also known as the battle of Grünwald, the decisive engagement of the ‘Great War’ of 1409–11, in which Polish-Lithuanian-Russian forces defeated the military monastic order...

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Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1) The West German Federal Republic owed its origin to the divisions between the three western occupying powers on the one hand and the Soviet Union on the other, which ...

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Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui

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A play (Parabelstück) with 15 scenes, prologue (two versions), and epilogue by B. Brecht, written in 1941, for the most part in blank verse. It was published posthumously in Stücke ...

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eastern front

Overview page. Subjects: Military History.

(1914–18).

The German elite accepted war in 1914, in part because it feared the long-term build-up of Russian military strength. The pretext for escalating from a local war to a ...

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Erich Ludendorff

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(1865–1937)

German general. Shortly after the outbreak of World War I he was appointed Chief of Staff to General von Hindenburg and they jointly directed the war effort until the...

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FM Erich von Manstein

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(1887–1973).

Manstein was commissioned into 3rd Foot Guards, Hindenburg's old regiment, in 1906, and during WW1 he fought at Verdun and the Somme. In 1937 he became DCGS, but was...

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Franz von Papen

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — World History.

(1879–1969)

German politician. A member of the Catholic Centre Party, he had little popular following, and his appointment as Chancellor (1932) came as a surprise. To gain Nazi...

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Friedrich Ebert

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Politics.

(b. 4 Feb. 1871, d. 28 Feb. 1925).

President of Germany 1919–25 Born in Heidelberg, he became a saddler, and joined the SPD in 1889. From 1893 Ebert edited a party newspaper, and...

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