Battle of Stalluponen, 17 August 1914 (East Prussia)
Battle on the first day of Russia's invasion of East Prussia (First World War). The Russian First Army under General Pavel K. Rennenkampf, invading from the east, was spread out over too wide a front. It ran into a single German army corp under General Hermann von Francois, and was badly mauled. Rennenkampf temporarily withdrew to the border, having lost 3,000 men, in what would compared to later battles appear to be a minor skirmish. Francois withdrew to Gumbinnen.
The First World War , John KeeganHow to cite this article: Rickard, J. (15 March 2001), Battle of Stalluponen, 17 August 1914, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_stalluponen.html
. An excellent narrative history of the First World War, especially strong on the buildup to war. Good on detail without losing the overall picture. Keegan keeps to a factual account of the war, leaving out the judgement calls that dominate some books. [see more